Damon and Foster Match Wits in Futuristic Sci-Fi Thriller

  Elysium DVD Review by Kam Williams It’s 2154, a time when the Earth has become so polluted and overpopulated that all of the idle rich have abandoned the planet to loll in the lap of luxury on a state-of-the-art space station. Their decadent enclave, Elysium, looks suspiciously similar to Beverly Hills, being dotted with […]

Retro Dramedy Revisits Abscam Scandal during Gaudy Disco Era

  American Hustle Film Review by Kam Williams   In the late Seventies, a half-dozen Congressmen along with a United States Senator were caught on camera taking bribes from FBI agents posing as wealthy Arab sheiks. The elaborate sting in which the disgraced politicians became ensnared was code named Abscam, a contraction of Arab Scam. […]

Period Piece Recounts Disney Effort to Secure Rights to Mary Poppins

  Saving Mr. Banks Film Review by Kam Williams   P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) was the pen name of Helen Lyndon Goff (1899-1996), the creator of the children’s classic “Mary Poppins.” When his daughters were young, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) promised to turn their favorite book into a movie, since they were so enchanted by the British […]

For movies opening Christmas Day 2013

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams BIG BUDGET FILMS 47 Ronin (PG-13 for intense violence, disturbing images and mature themes) Martial arts saga, set in 18th C. Japan, about a biracial outcast (Keanu Reeves) who joins a group of grieving samurai seeking vengeance for the […]

Top Ten DVD List for December 24, 2013

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams   More than Honey http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F878K2A/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Caesar Must Die http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F878JYE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Una Noche http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F6Y3E26/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Killing Oswald http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GQWLWDU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Craft in America: Holiday http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FNPQW40/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Frontline: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FNPQW3G/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Riddick http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00A2H9OZS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   The Berlin File http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00EI3XAZC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Insidious: Chapter 2 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00EZ50SGW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   The Family http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FRILRL6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   […]

Blacktrospective 2013

  by Kam Williams Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Best in Black Cinema   Best Wide Release Black Films   1.                  The Butler 2.                  42 3.                  12 Years a Slave 4.                  Fruitvale Station 5.                  The Best Man Holiday 6.                  Black Nativity 7.                  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 8.                  Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain 9.                  A Madea Christmas 10.              Temptation     Best Independent Films   1.                  The Inevitable Defeat […]

For movies opening December 20, 2013

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams BIG BUDGET FILMS   American Hustle (R for sexuality, pervasive profanity and brief violence) David O. Russell wrote and directed this crime drama about a couple of con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) forced by an overzealous FBI agent […]

Top Ten DVD List for December 17, 2013

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams   Downton Abbey: Seasons 1, 2, & 3 with Season 4 Sneak Peek http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00D3PYQT0/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Prisoners http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0034G4P3A/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis: Pilot through Series Six http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00E7TKG0O/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   One Direction: This Is Us http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B009NNMB70/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Classic English Literature Collection: Volume One http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B009NRQTGU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Ain’t Them Bodies Saints http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F6Y3DFE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   […]

The Cumberbatch Kid Comes of Age and is All the Rage

  Benedict Cumberbatch “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Interview with Kam Williams   Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born in London on July 19, 1976 to a couple of accomplished actors in their own right, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton. A chip off the old block, Benedict followed in his parents’ footsteps after studying theater at […]

Father and Son Bond during Nostalgic Road Trip across America’s Aging Heartland

  Nebraska Film Review by Kam Williams   77 year-old Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is an addlepated alcoholic whose brain is so bent out of shape that he’s convinced he’s struck it rich after getting one of those mass-produced letters in the mail announcing that you’ve just won a million dollars in a magazine sweepstakes. […]

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