If Denzel Washington only acted in one movie, and that movie was Malcolm X, then Washington would still be one of the greatest actors of his generation. Washington fills every inch of the frame with explosive fury and words that cut … Continue reading MALCOLM X
Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) used to be the Los Angeles Police Force’s top detective. Used to be: Five years ago, a momentary decision proved momentous, and Deacon traded in his LAPD shield for a Kern County sheriff’s badge and started … Continue reading THE LITTLE THINGS
Not everyone fighting for equality can be found on the frontline. There has to be someone in the shadows, toiling away, fueled by indignation, righteousness, and uncompromising ethics. Roman J. Israel is such a man. For years, Israel (Denzel Washington), … Continue reading ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
Chasing Trane, the new documentary about saxophonist John Coltrane opens with a digital trip through the cosmos. Coltrane’s music arranges the galaxies, and a constellation forms to assemble his image while disembodied voices rhapsodies about the great jazz musician. Time … Continue reading CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
The Magnificent Seven doesn’t open with fanfare. No blaring horns to signal the American West, no soaring strings to complement the vast vistas before the camera, no cinematic shots of warring bandits cresting a hill, no legends, no heroes. Instead: ominous … Continue reading THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
2 Guns – Two gentlemen look to rip off a bank and steal about $40 million US. They are wise cracking, professional, and very good with a gun. Then it turns out that one of these gentlemen (Denzel Washington) is not who he says he is, he’s actually an undercover DEA agent. But the other gentleman (Mark Wahlberg) is not who he says he is either, he’s from the Navy! Well, that is awkward. Too bad that this is all one big set-up, and surprise surprise, they have to work together to uncover the mystery. Bill Paxton shows how good … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.02.13
Another week, another batch of new releases for you to dig into. Quite a selection to choose from, and for the first time in a while, there are multiple good options. Let’s dive on in! The Bay – Remember a few years ago when a mass of dead fish washed ashore? Or when a thousand blackbirds suddenly dropped out of the sky? What happened there? Hard to say, but plenty of people had theories, most of them conspiracy theories, and it looks like those people got together and made a movie. It’s another found footage film, which most of us … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.02.12