Earlier this year, in McFarland, USA
(from director Niki Caro) —featuring Kevin Costner as Jim White, the
reluctant yet devoted coach of a cross-country team in a small migrant
community in California — we experienced life through the eyes and
situation of White and his resilient all-American family.
Director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) has been rather
quiet since Brown Sugar back in 2002, with only one other feature as a
writer-director (2010’s Our Family Wedding) and a screenplay credit for
Talk to Me in 2007.
As a parent of two teenage daughters, I’m not
sure I was ever all that convinced I needed to get a bird’s eye view
inside the minds of teenage girls, but directors Pete Docter and
Ronaldo Del Carmen provide a deft and loving glimpse into the life of a young girl named
After a heavy second season that had many
viewers wondering if drama would be a more appropriate genre designation
than comedy (particularly for television awards), the ladies of
Litchfield Penitentiary look to lighten things up in Season Three.
Celebrating 40 years of Saturday Night Live, this documentary from Vietnamese-American filmmaker Bao Nguyen (documentary shorts A Tree Falls in the Forest, Julian) focuses on the early years of the show.
Executive producer Steven Spielberg helmed the first two installments in this gigantic franchise based on Michael Crichton’s books, but for the second time, his hands are off the reins (Joe Johnston directed Jurassic Park III in 2001), allowing someone else to take a crack at taming the genetically modified beasts at the dino theme park.
The mere mention of The French Connection
conjures images of William Friedkin’s prototypically gritty police
thriller that set up the contrast between Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene
Hackman), the emotionally troubled but doggedly determined cop, and
Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), the urbane European drug dealer — the
smooth criminal, if there ever was one — supplying pure heroin to all of
North America like a contemporary conglomerate ruling the international
While riding the waves during a recent screening of Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy
— the new biopic exploring two significant periods in the life of Brian
Wilson, the studio wizard behind the Psychedelic Pop symphonic sound of
The Beach Boys — I experienced a subtle yet momentarily surprising
Last season’s finale of Hannibal (Season
Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC) left viewers in shock. Outside of the
typical sensory overload the show consistently presents, that last
episode marked what very well could be the end for several main