Oscar-Nominated Civil Rights Docudrama Released on DVD

Hidden Figures, DVD Review by Kam Williams, NASA, African-American, female mathematicians, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae

  Hidden Figures DVD Review by Kam Williams Oscar-Nominated Civil Rights Docudrama Released on DVD All of the astronauts picked by NASA to participate in its maiden manned space programs, Mercury and Gemini, were white males. However, behind the scenes, there was a dedicated team of African-American, female mathematicians who played a pivotal role in […]

Surreal Fantasy Features Liam Neeson as Voice of Anthropomorphic Tree

A Monster Calls, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Lewis MacDougall, Toby Kebbell, Felicity Jones, visually-enchanting, Patrick Ness, Sigourney Weaver, facing deepest fears

  A Monster Calls DVD Review by Kam Williams Surreal Fantasy Features Liam Neeson as Voice of Anthropomorphic Tree Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is understandably miserable. First of all, the 12 year-old divorced mom (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill. Second, they’re both estranged from his father (Toby Kebbell) who has long since started another family […]

Eddie Redmayne Stars as Wizard in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Spinoff

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Morton, Harry Potter

  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them DVD Review by Kam Williams Eddie Redmayne Stars as Wizard in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Spinoff It’s New York harbor in 1926, which is when we are introduced to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he disembarks a steamship from England that’s just docked at the pier. The […]

Campy Horror Comedy Comes to Home Video

The Love Witch, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Samantha Robinson, visually-captivating, cornball adventure, feminist fantasy

  The Love Witch DVD Review by Kam Williams Campy Horror Comedy Comes to Home Video Elaine Parker (Samantha Robinson) only became a witch after being abandoned by her late husband. An incurable romantic with fairy princess fantasies, the gorgeous widow still harbors hopes of finding Mr. Right. With that goal in mind, she relocates […]

Natalie Portman Channels Jackie Kennedy in Oscar-Nominated Performance

Jackie, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Jackie Kennedy, bittersweet docudrama, assassination, JFK, behind the scenes, Pablo Larrain, mental state

  Jackie DVD Review by Kam Williams Natalie Portman Channels Jackie Kennedy in Oscar-Nominated Performance How did Jackie Kennedy feel in the wake of her husband’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963? That is the question explored in Jackie, a picture which paints a perceptive portrait of Camelot’s First Lady by speculating about her […]

Reverential Rockumentary Revisits Career of Late Rock Icon

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa, brilliant mind of a Renaissance man

  Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words DVD Review by Kam Williams Reverential Rockumentary Revisits Career of Late Rock Icon Frank Zappa (1940-1993) is best remembered as the front man and lead guitarist of the Mothers of Invention, the avant-garde rock band that started developing a dedicated cult following in 1966 with […]

Consummate Magicians Reunite for Another Cloak-and-Dagger Adventure

Now You See Me 2, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Directed by Jon M. Chu, the Four Horsemen,eye-popping blockbuster

  Now You See Me 2 DVD Review by Kam Williams Consummate Magicians Reunite for Another Cloak-and-Dagger Adventure It’s been three years since we last saw the world’s greatest illusionists, aka the , playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Now, the master magicians have resurfaced for a mesmerizing, mindbending adventure which ups […]

Saldana Does Simone in Warts-and-All Biopic

Nina, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Zoe Saldana, controversial biopic

  Nina DVD Review by Kam Williams Saldana Does Simone in Warts-and-All Biopic Most of the pre-release buzz surrounding this controversial biopic swirled around the debate about Zoe Saldana’s darkening her skin, donning an afro wig and wearing a prosthetic nose to portray Nina Simone (1933-2003). Apparently, in these politically-correct times, some consider the casting […]

Animated Adaptation of Video Game App Arrives on DVD

The Angry Birds Movie, DVD Review by Kam Williams, kooky, kitchen sink comedy

  The Angry Birds Movie DVD Review by Kam Williams Animated Adaptation of Video Game App Arrives on DVD With over three billion downloads and counting, Angry Birds is the most popular app of all time. Nevertheless, one need not be familiar with the video game to enjoy this delightful animated adventure. The kid-oriented cartoon […]

Highest-Grossing Chinese Film of All Time Arrives on DVD

Monster Hunt, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Raman Hui, highest-grossing Chinese film, martial arts/comedy

  Monster Hunt DVD Review by Kam Williams Highest-Grossing Chinese Film of All Time Arrives on DVD Directed by Raman Hui (Shrek the Third), Monster Hunt was released across Asia last summer where it became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. The version I watched was dubbed into English, which served to turn the […]