Vin Diesel Reprises Role He Originated in Latest Episode of High-Impact, Action Series

xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, high-octane thriller, espionage adventure, James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, Vin Diesel

  xXx: Return of Xander Cage Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Vin Diesel Reprises Role He Originated in Latest Episode of High-Impact, Action Series When it was released back in 2002 , xXx grossed over a quarter-billion dollars worldwide in theaters alone. The visually-captivating espionage adventure starring Vin Diesel was reminiscent of James Bond, except […]

Six-Time, Oscar-Nominee Released on Home Video

Lion, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Khushi Solanki, A Long Way Home

  Lion Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Six-Time, Oscar-Nominee Released on Home Video Saroo (Dev Patel) had the misfortune of being born into poverty in India’s Khandwa district. He lived there with his single-mom, Kamla (Priyanka Bose), along with his big brother, Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), and younger sister, Shekila (Khushi Solanki). His illiterate mother was […]

Adam Driver Is Sublime as Stoic Bus Driver in Unsentimental, Minimalist Saga

Paterson, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Jim Jarmusch,

  Paterson Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Adam Driver Is Sublime as Stoic Bus Driver in Unsentimental, Minimalist Saga Paterson (Adam Driver) is stuck in a rut. By day, the municipal bus driver repeatedly negotiates his way around a boring route around the New Jersey city which shares his name. After hours, he hangs out […]

Nostalgic Tale of Female Empowerment Comes to Home Video

20th Century Women, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Santa Barbara, California 1979, Female Empowerment, inappropriately-titled homage

  20th Century Women Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Nostalgic Tale of Female Empowerment Comes to Home Video Nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Screenplay category, 20th Century Women is an inter-generational coming-of-age tale set in Santa Barbara, California in 1979. The nostalgic ensemble drama revolves around the efforts of a neurotic single-mom […]

Scorcese Faith-Based Docudrama Revisits Rude Reception of Christianity in Japan

Silence, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Shusaku Endo, historical drama, thought-provoking, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield

  Silence Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Scorcese Faith-Based Docudrama Revisits Rude Reception of Christianity in Japan Portuguese traders first landed in Japan in 1543, followed soon thereafter by Francis Xavier and other Jesuits. So many locals started converting to Christianity that, less than a decade later, the emperor issued an edict banning Catholicism and […]

Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in Gruesome Gangster Saga

Live by Night, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Ben Affleck, crime thriller, overstuffed production, Dennis Lehane

    Live by Night Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Ben Affleck Directs and Stars in Gruesome Gangster Saga    Dennis Lehane has enjoyed phenomenal success not only as a novelist but writing directly for TV (Boardwalk Empire and The Wire). And several of his crime thrillers have been brought to the big screen, including […]

Viola Davis Delivers Oscar-Winning Performance in Adaptation of August Wilson Classic

Fences, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Denzel Washington, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, racism, Viola Davis, August Wilson Classic

  Fences Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Viola Davis Delivers Oscar-Winning Performance in Adaptation of August Wilson Classic Back in 1987, Fences won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. The August Wilson classic, set in the Pittsburgh in the Fifties, chronicled the day-to-day struggle of a blue-collar, African-American […]

Chan and Knoxville Play Unlikely Buddies in Poor Man’s Version of Rush Hour

Skiptrace, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville, stunt-driven adventures, Directed by Renny Harlin

  Skiptrace Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Chan and Knoxville Play Unlikely Buddies in Poor Man’s Version of Rush Hour Jackie Chan made dozens of martial arts movies in his native Hong Kong prior to finding phenomenal success stateside in 1998 co-starring with Chris Tucker in the buddy-comedy Rush Hour. Their pairing as unlikely-partners proved […]

Eddie Murphy Exhibits Acting Range in Purely Dramatic Role

Mr. Church, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Eddie Murphy, Natascha McElhone, Natalie Coughlin, Magical Negro

  Mr. Church Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Eddie Murphy Exhibits Acting Range in Purely Dramatic Role     Marie Brody (Natascha McElhone) was told she only had half-a-year to live when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1965. But, not wanting to upset her daughter, she initially hid the fact that she was […]

Cranston Stars in True Tale as Agent Who Cracked Colombian Coke Cartel

The Infiltrator, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, infamous mobster, Pablo Escobar, Medellin cartel, Bryan Cranston

  The Infiltrator Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Cranston Stars in True Tale as Agent Who Cracked Colombian Coke Cartel Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) was an infamous mobster who ran Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel with an iron fist. During his reign, Escobar controlled about 80% of the global cocaine market, and raked in about $70 million/day. […]