Review: Free State of Jones

People who don’t study history tend to get a very shallow understanding of how events actually transpired. For example, did the United States just magically spring into existence the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed? Did slavery end the day that President Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation? No, in either case. History is considerably more messy and people who don’t support change can drag their heels for years – or decades – after…Read More

Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

The “sins of the father becoming the sins of the son” is the heart of The Place Beyond the Pines, and the story begins with ne’er do well circus stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling) learning that he has a baby boy. The mother, Romina (Eva Mendes) has kept it from him and lives with another man, Kofi (Mahershala Ali), who is everything Luke is not: stable, level-headed, and fiercely protective of his step-child Jason Luke…Read More