REVIEW: “King Richard” (2021)

REVIEW: “King Richard” (2021)

(CLICK HERE for my full review in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) Will Smith makes his bid for an Oscar nomination in “King Richard”, a sports biopic about Richard Williams , the father and coach of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. For some folks (including myself), the description ‘sports biopic’ comes with its own baked-in expectations. … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Petite Maman” (2021)

REVIEW: “Petite Maman” (2021)

French filmmaker Céline Sciamma’s follow-up to her highly acclaimed “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” isn’t the big audacious next film you might expect after a big success. In fact the beautifully intimate “Petite Maman” couldn’t be more different. With its small scope and Sciamma’s delicate touch, this warm and aching fable examines coping with … Continue reading

REVIEW: “7 Prisoners” (2021)

REVIEW: “7 Prisoners” (2021)

Brazilian-American filmmaker Alexandre Moratto turned several heads at this year’s Venice International Film Festival with the world premiere of his piercing new film “7 Prisoners”. Set mostly in the backstreets of São Paulo, Brazil, the film sees Moratto and his co-writer Thayna Mantesso delving into the darker corners of the city and country to tackle … Continue reading