Review: Disney’s Aladdin “Diamond Edition” DVD

If you grew up in the 90’s or have a child of your own, you’ve likely seen the hugely popular 1992 animated film Aladdin. There’s much to enjoy in this, the most frenetic and hyper of the Disney animated films, a classic that offers a highly cinematic tale of a homeless boy who dreams of being a great prince and marrying the beautiful princess. The fact that the princess seeks her freedom from the confining…Read More

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

Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Since Battle of the Smithsonian is the sequel to the popular film Night at the Museum, I should start this review by saying that I really enjoyed the first film and own a copy of it. My kids really like it too and we’ve watched it at least a dozen times.  The core storyline in the first film was that divorced father Larry Daley (played by Ben Stiller) has a poor relationship with his son…Read More