Review: The Butler

There have been two major films about the Black American experience released in 2012, 12 Years a Slave and The Butler. The former is about a particularly interesting moment in American history when the North saw blacks as equal citizens while the South still viewed them as slaves, property, second class citizens. It’s a powerful and moving film with an extraordinary performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor as the enslaved Solomon Northup. The Butler is more recent history, focused…Read More

Mini Review: Hop

We’ve all been there, that moment in time when destiny knocks on the door and we’d rather just yell “go away, I already have plans!” so it’s easy to identify with “E.B.”, the drum-playing rocker in the lead role of Hop. His destiny?  He’s to take over from his Dad as the Easter Bunny. But he really wants to hit it big as a rock drummer, not distribute candy and be responsible for year round…Read More

Review: The Box

The Box is actually two movies clumsily grafted into a single narrative story line. It starts out with a provocative ethical dilemma: would you push a button that you knew would kill someone, somewhere, a stranger, if you were to be paid a million dollars?  That’s the movie I was hoping to see, and to be fair, the first 30-40 minutes of the film are focused on just this situation. But then Norma Lewis (Cameron…Read More