The Hate U Give comes back to you

A- Drama Written by Audrey Wells, from a novel by Angie Thomas Directed by George Tillman Jr. Of this year's many impressive films about the African-American experience, The Hate U Give must be the most thematically ambitious. It covers police brutality, inner-city neighborhoods, being black in an overwhelmingly white school, drug dealing, black-on-black violence, demonstrations, riots, … Continue reading The Hate U Give comes back to you

The Happy Prince & the very sad story

C- Period drama Written & directed by Rupert Everett Opens Friday Many assume that if a movie focuses on very unhappy people wallowing in their many past mistakes, it must be a great film. This is especially true if the photography is conventionally beautiful, the cast British, and the main character an actual historical figure. Many … Continue reading The Happy Prince & the very sad story

A Private War & Opening Night at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Thursday night, I attended one of the two opening night screenings at the Mill Valley Film Festival. I chose A Private War over Green Book. But before I get to the movie, I want to comment on something that bothers me at all the big film festivals. Although they bend left politically, their ticket sales … Continue reading A Private War & Opening Night at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Complex moral issues go to court in The Children Act

A- Courtroom drama Written by Ian McEwan, adapted from his novel Directed by Richard Eyre Note: I saw this film at this year's SFFILM Festival, and wrote this review soon afterwards. Since then, I've been holding this review, waiting for the Bay Area theatrical run. That run has not yet happened, but the film is … Continue reading Complex moral issues go to court in The Children Act