Nate Parker

Beyond the Lights Review

Beyond the Lights is the best romantic drama of the year: smart, crowd pleasing, and original, and boasting great leads.

TIFF 2014: Beyond the Lights Review

Beyond The Lights Special Presentations When you get past its standard romantic drama trappings, Beyond The Lights makes some pretty strong statements about the use of women in entertainment and the lack of artistry in the music business. Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), with her power house voice and sexy body, has been groomed from a very […]

About Alex Review

Somewhere between the near middle aged malaise of The Big Chill and the twentysomething malaise of St. Elmo’s Fire lies About Alex, a mostly forgettable film about estrangedfriends coming back together to help a buddy in need while learning important life lessons in the process.

This “Week” in DVD: 12/18/12

With films coming to home video two days this week (Tuesday and Friday) here's part one of our look at the latest releases including Beasts of the Southern Wild, Killer Joe, Total Recall, Premium Rush, and Arbitrage.

Arbitrage Review

Even when adding subplots involving a deadly cover-up, crooked cops, and a shaky marriage, it’s still hard to make a compelling film set against the backdrop of investment banking. Luckily, Arbitrage overcomes potentially dry material with some great performances and a solid cat and mouse story where the mouse is being chased by dozens of cats through several different houses.

Red Tails Review

It’s hard not to talk about the World War II action drama Red Tails without bringing up George Lucas. Making a fighter pilot film had always been a dream of the man whose greatest strength was filming dog fights in the skies. Lucas, who allegedly oversaw reshoots and worked a bit on the script, receives only a producer credit here, but he probably should’ve had a lot more input on this tale of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. It’s a film that has its heart in the right place and nothing but the best of intentions, but also one the cries out for some sort of real guidance to hold this debacle together.