Daddio (2023)

Writer-director Christy Hall’s film, shot almost entirely within the confines of a NYC Yellow Cab pulls off a seemingly impossible task—keeping us interested entirely by means of a conversation that moves from the casual to the intimate. There are no chases or crashes, other than a thruway accident that brings traffic to a standstill for …

Fresh (1994)

After a few minutes of watching Boaz Yakin’s film set in a Brooklyn ghetto I was thinking of John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood. Both films, loaded with “F bombs and “m-f”s provide a portal for white viewers to enter the red-lined world that white racism has created. And both feature a strong divorced father …

The Long Game (2023)

This is the second film in which director/writer Julio Quintana chronicles the struggles of a group of Latinos—and Dennis Quaid was also in Quintana’s Blue Miracle. The new film is based on Humberto G. Garcia’s 2010 non-fiction book Mustang Miracle that celebrates an all Latino high school golf team that was the first such team …

Storm Warning (1950)

The people who made this early film about the KKK water down its attack, as we will see, with the script barely mentioning racism. It is distinguished mainly because it features three stars who seldom appeared in a film purportedly dealing seriously with social issues. Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, and Ronald Reagan were better known …

Shirley (2024)

Just as Bayard Rustin was a neglected Civil Rights leader until Netflix presented Rustin, so has US Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm been relegated to the sidelines since her death in 2005. Netflix again steps up to acquaint us with this ground-breaking Black woman, as does actress Regina King as the film’s subject. Writer-director John Ridley, instead …

Tuesday (2023)

First-time director Daina O. Pusic serves up an adult fairytale about Death. There have been many such myths or fairy tales with the Grim Reaper taking many forms, but none as strange as in this film in which Death is a macaw bird able to talk and to change size. Its purpose is to end …

Ghostlight (2024)

Live theater can bring healing to the sorrowful, screenwriter Kelly O’Sullivan and co-director (and partner) Alex Thompson seem to be suggesting in this powerful drama. Who would have thought that a group rehearsing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet would have such a profound effect upon a grieving man not even familiar with the play? Dan Mueller …

Thelma (2024)

It is a delight to come across another film with an elderly person as the main character, showing that life does not end at 80. Inspired by a real-life Thelma who is now 103, director  Josh Margolin’s movie Thelma is centered on a 93-year-old that gives actress June Squibb a chance to shine. It is …