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Does the Arc In Hollywood Bend Towards Justice?

While some decry the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an exclusive club deserving an #OscarsSoWhite label, others see it pushing a liberal agenda through every ribbon displayed at the annual Academy Awards. Given the conservative nature of the economic decision-making in Hollywood, the truth resides somewhere in between. Filmmakers may see themselves [Read More...]

SPOTLIGHT: No More Silent Nights

Spotlight is a throwback to the golden age of seventies cinema. It is a whip smart tribute to investigative journalism, rooted in character and grounded in a world where the most special effect is human emotion. Spotlight follows the tireless efforts of a team of reporters from The Boston Globe to uncover the sexual abuse [Read More...]

ROOM: Expanding Our Empathy

Heartache is an interesting condition. It is usually associated with romance, when break ups lead to heartbreak.   So what should we call a situation where you find yourself rooting so hard for someone else’s happiness, that their trials and tribulations make your heart ache? Room is both harrowing and heroic.   It places a heavy burden [Read More...]

MCFARLAND USA: An Interview with Legendary Coach Jim White

Do you like sports movies?   I cry every time I watch Field of Dreams. The rousing underdog stories of Rudy or The Rookie almost feel too good to be true. The cynic in us may resist, but once you actually meet Jimmy, the guy who sank the winning shot in Hoosiers, your perspective shifts.   These [Read More...]

OSCARS 2015: BOYHOOD, BIRDMAN OR BUDAPEST FOR BEST PICTURE?

The 2015 Oscar race has become one of the tightest and most unpredictable contests in years. Three well-crafted films emerged over awards season as the key contenders for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture: Boyhood, Birdman, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.  While Selma and Interstellar combined epic scale and meticulous craft, the Academy and [Read More...]

COMMON BRINGS GLORY TO THE GRAMMYS (AND THE OSCARS): An Interview

What 2015 Grammy moment moved you?   Kanye West’s cut in on Beck’s acceptance speech for “Album of the Year” garnered most of the headlines.   How sad to a stunt overshadow Annie Lennox’s rousing rendition of “I Put a Spell On You” with Hozier.   Pharrell reimagined his sunny single, “Happy,” into an intriguing protest echoing the [Read More...]

SELMA: The Fierce Urgency of Now

What does courage look like? Does it come with confidence, the swagger of certainty?   Or does it spring from something more fragile, vulnerable, and costly? Selma offers a feature length portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that rises above clichés that drag so many bio-pics down. Far from a stodgy hagiography, Selma is enormously [Read More...]

BUYING TIME: THE BEST FILMS OF 2014

So many movies, so little time. Why must Hollywood hold back their most ambitious movies all for the same month? Couldn’t they offer a few provocative choices each season?   Alas, the lure of awards causes the studios to cram too much good things into too small a space.   I start my best of 2014 list [Read More...]

A BLACK MESSSIAH ARRIVES–THE YEAR IN MUSIC 2014

Just as most music critics had wrapped up their best of 2014 lists, D’Angelo dropped a musical gift anticipated for over a decade.   Torn up by the death of Eric Garner in New York, D’Angelo rush released “Black Messiah” with almost no advance notice.   Taking a page from Beyonce’s surprise December 2013 release, D’Angelo snuck [Read More...]

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: Love in Practice

British accents? Check.   Period clothes? Check.   Physical demanding role?   Yes, The Theory of Everything is definitely Oscar bait. While the title suggests a scientific treatise, The Theory of Everything actually delves into the mysteries of love and devotion. It is a celebration of the remarkable woman behind the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.   Jane Wilde provides [Read More...]

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: OUR DAILY MICROAGGRESSIONS

Dear White People is a letter (or film) addressed to people like me.   I am a college educated, indie film fan, aware of America’s tangled history of race relations, and eager to do the right thing. And yet, Dear White People senses that I (maybe even we) haven’t rooted out a curious fascination and indirect [Read More...]


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