My worst moment: Isiah Whitlock Jr. (yes of 'The Wire' and that draaawnn out epithet) and the missed entrance
The sharply sardonic “I Care a Lot” on Netflix stars Rosamund Pike as a glossy-looking scam artist who persuades a judge to make her the legal guardian of retirement age people, who she then strips of their assets. The judge in question is played by Isiah Whitlock Jr., who “unwittingly allows her to do what she’s doing,” he said. Whitlock knows a thing or two about playing corrupt characters himself, most memorably on “The Wire” as state Sen. Clay Davis, who had a particular way of stretching out a certain profanity, a word that has become so associated with Whitlock’s trademark delivery that ...
'Minari' review: In this mesmerizing tale, a Korean family's American dream takes root in Arkansas
Inspired by writer/director Lee Isaac Chung's childhood as the son of South Korean immigrants in rural Arkansas, "Minari" is a gentle story of a family's unexpectedly rich harvest. At its center is an enchanting performance by a child actor: little Alan Kim, who plays 7-year-old David Yi with a mixture of real-kid impishness and quiet wonder. Through David's eyes, we see a familiar story unfold: A family in search of its own American dream arrives in the Ozarks in the 1980s, with father Jacob (Steven Yeun) seeing hope in the neglected fields of their new property. He and wife Monica (Yeri Han)...
The Seattle Times
RoboCop statue loses home at Michigan Science Center because of pandemic
DETROIT — A year ago, the plan for the much anticipated RoboCop statue seemed clear. Once completed, it would be installed somewhere outside Detroit's Michigan Science Center in the spring or summer. Now the final destination for the monument to pop culture is up in the air again. And the reason is tied to the widespread economic hit that's been taken by museums because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Science Center will no longer be the permanent home for the grassroots-driven work of art, as first reported by the Metro Times. In a statement, the museum expressed gratitude for being pa...
Detroit Free Press
Family guide to new movie releases
This week in new streaming family-friendly releases: 1. “Tom & Jerry: The Movie” The classic cat-and-mouse cartoon about warring rivals Tom and Jerry gets an update courtesy of Warner Bros. and director Tim Story. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, Bobby Cannavale, Lil Rel Howery and Ken Jeong in this blend of live-action and animation, wherein Tom and Jerry wreak havoc on an upscale Manhattan hotel. Rated PG for cartoon violence, rude humor and brief language. In theaters and on HBO Max Friday. 2. “Bigfoot Family” This Belgian-French animated film is the...
Tribune News Service
Movie review: 'The Vigil' a efficiently creepy horror film rooted in Jewish lore
Horror films often offer catharsis, but rarely are they also as deeply sorrowful as Keith Thomas’ “The Vigil,” a horror film based in Jewish faith and culture. Dave Davis stars as Yakov, a young man in Brooklyn struggling to establish a secular life, having left the Orthodox Jewish community after a traumatic experience. One night, leaving a support group meeting, he encounters someone from his old life, Reb Shulem (Menashe Lustig), who offers him a job spending the night as a shomer, a person who serves as a protective watchman over a dead body before it is taken to be buried. The first red f...
Tribune News Service
Kelly Price turns to faith, music after enduring heartbreak in 2020
ATLANTA — Kelly Price endured immense heartache in 2020 but also a creative spurt that helped her maintain her faith and sanity. "Last year was a doozy," she said. "It was the longest, blurriest year ever. I can tell you how I made it through, but I can't at the same time. I happily told 2020 to kick rocks." The COVID-19 crisis entered her personal life when her grandfather, Jerome Norman Jr., former pastor at the Full Gospel Mission, Church of God in Christ in Queens, New York, was lost to the virus in April. Six months later, her beloved mother, Claudia Price-North, the former musical direct...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Why Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman is the real star of 'Batman Returns'
Funny how a movie star — a real one, the kind with a face you can get lost in — can take over a film. I thought it might be fun to revisit, for this column, Tim Burton's "Batman Returns," that agreeable 1992 mashup of gothic darkness and comic-book goofiness. And then I rewatched it, and all things became clear: I was going to write, instead, about Michelle Pfeiffer. Not that I don't recommend "Batman Returns"; it's good, stylish fun, punctuated by Danny DeVito's Penguin squawks and wrapped in Danny Elfman's deliciously slithery score. But Pfeiffer, as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, doesn't just steal ...
The Seattle Times
How ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’ uses a time loop to show the horrors of police brutality
A new time-loop movie aims to dramatize how systemic racism relentlessly repeats itself. “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson” centers on a Black teen who continues to relive the day he’s killed by police — one that ends exactly the same way no matter how it plays out. “The nature of police violence against Black bodies is that it does not matter what choices you make,” script writer Stanley Kalu told the Daily News. “You can avoid being pulled over and be at the beach and still have it happen,” Kalu continued. “You can go to the gas station and not drive and be with a white person and it can still ...
New York Daily News
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