“Hotel Mumbai”: Film Review

Armie Hammer and Dev Patel star in an ensemble cast in director Anthony Maras’ fictionalized yet humanely real account of the Mumbai attacks, reminding us that some of Hollywood’s greatest pieces are sourced from reality. The famed five-star Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai has one motto and one motto only for their staff: “guest…

“Native Son”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

A modern take on a landmark classic in Black literature, new-to-cinema team of Rashid Johnson and Suzan-Lori Parks’ adaptation of the Richard Wright novel is held by Ashton Sanders poetic performance and works – until the novel actually kicks in. Screen adaptations of acclaimed books are hard – how do you keep the parts of…

“Greener Grass”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

In this absurdist black comedy satire of middle-class suburban envy, co-directors/writers Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe imagine a bizarre world where jealous neighbors push politeness to the extreme. Frank Kafka meets The Good Place meets Edward Scissorhands somewhere on the edge of the alternative universe that The Lobster was set is the best way to describe the debut black…

“Abe”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Brazilian documentarian Fernando Grostein Andrade’s first narrative feature is an upbeat, lighthearted YA drama centered on a teen undergoing an identity crisis while curious about his family’s Middle Eastern culinary heritage. If there’s another country as geographically and culturally diverse as the United States, it’s definitely Brazil – with mixes of Africa, European, Asian and…