MOONLIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Barry Jenkins Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monae, Jharrel Jerome, Andre Holland. This moving coming of age story is a powerful portrait of a poor gay African American boy growing up in on the mean streets of a crime ridden neighbourhood of Miami and grappling with his sexuality. The film is set to rewrite some records in Hollywood. In particular, it breaks away from the usual stereotypical portraits and depiction of the experiences of black youth in contemporary America. Continue reading

RIDE ALONG 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Story Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Sherri Shepherd, Bruce McGill, Michael Rose, Carlos Gomez, Eric Goins, Glenn Powell, Arturo del Puerto. The original Ride Along was another formulaic variation on the odd couple buddy cop genre that has included such superior examples as the Lethal Weapon series, 48 Hours and even the Rush Hour series. The film derived much of its pleasures from the combustible chemistry between the gruff and intense Ice Cube's veteran detective and the manic, Continue reading