Monster’s Ball (2001)

[This review was first published on the original Looking Closer website on May 12, 2002.]-In Monster’s Ball, Billy Bob Thornton plays Hank, a corrections officer carrying intense racial prejudice in one hand and a sidearm in the other. Hank’s aging father Buck (Peter Doyle) constantly reinforces the family’s race-hate, calling Sonny, Hank’s son, "weak" because he befriends their black neighbors.Halle Berry plays Leticia, the wife of a convicted killer, a mother trying to raise her son … [Read more...]