SUPERFLY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Director X Stars: Trevor Jackson, Kaalan Walker, Esai Morales, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, Andrea London, Jason Mitchell, Jennifer Morrison, Brian F Durkin, Big Bank Black, Antwan Big Boi Patton. This is a largely unnecessary remake of the 1972 Blaxploitation crime drama from director Gordon Parks jr, the son of legendary Blaxploitation filmmaker Gordon Parks, who gave us classic films like Shaft, etc. The original was a ground-breaking achievement as it one of the first films entirely financed and starring and Continue reading

DETROIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kathryn Bigelow Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Ben O'Toole, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimer, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell. The latest film from Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, etc) is a searing drama set in Detroit, Michigan, in the summer of 1967. This was the height of civil unrest and riots in major US cities, stemming from decades of racial inequality and injustice. In July 1967, a five-day riot erupted in the eponymous city following a police raid on an illegal Continue reading

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: O'Shea Jackson jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown jr, Paul Giamatti, R Marcos Taylor, Tate Ellington, Cleavon McClendon, Corey Reynolds, Keith Powers, Lisa Renee Pitts, Alexandra Shipp, Marlon Yates jr, Carra Patterson. Rap music is not to my taste, and many people find the misogynistic ideas, homophobia and anti-authoritarian messages of the often angry lyrics offensive. Much of the so-called gangsta rap music was born out of a frustration felt by younger black youths who were harassed by the Continue reading