This Christian Bale-led biopic follows Dick Cheney’s rise from drunken miscreant to the most powerful man in the country. In this journey, family life, heart attacks, ethics, constitutional & international law prove to be no match to Cheney’s thirst for power.
This biopic follows Freddy Mercury’s (Rami Malek) journey from student to mega star as the lead singer of the band who wrote the song for which the movie is titled, Queen. Parental expectations, societal norms, and music industry standard practices are abandoned in Mercury’s mission to design and define not only his music, but his very being. In his quest, however, he risks his relationships, reputation, and health.
After losing his father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must succeed him in his role as king of Wakanda, a hidden African nation that harbors the most powerful substance on the planet, and it’s protector, The Black Panther. The ghosts of his father’s misdeeds come to haunt T’Challa when his cousin, an Oakland, CA-born mercenary known as “Killmonger” (played by Michael B. Jordan) makes a powerful effort to stake his claim as heir to the thrown. T’Challa is faced with the challenge of coming to terms with the errors of his predecessors, while ushering Wakanda into a new era of leadership within the nation and among the global community, and stopping his cousin from unleashing terror.
After attending a Kwame Ture speech undercover in the early 1970’s, rookie detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is emboldened to make contact with David Duke (Topher Grace), leader of the Ku Klux Klan, in order to infiltrate their organization. Since Stallworth, who is black, made contact with Duke over the phone, Phillip Zimmerman (his partner, played by Adam Driver) must physically appear at chapter meetings in his stead to properly execute his operation. While investigating their targets, and navigating nuanced racial tensions caused by Zimmerman’s Jewish heritage and Stallworth’s being a part of the racist Colorado Springs Police Department, the pair uncover a sinister plot.
Beautiful Boy is a story about Nic (Timothy Chalamet), his struggle with sobriety, and the toll it’s taken on his family- especially his father (Steve Carell). Nic leads his family through the pitfalls of substance abuse as they struggle to keep up with their deeply pained loved one.
Award season has crept through and I’ve received my first screener, The Wife!
Very high emotional stakes in this film starring Glenn Close as the wife of a Nobel laureate (Jonathan Pryce) who, as a novelist, has depended on her for more than simply moral support. Their trip to Sweden to receive the honors is disrupted as an independent biographer’s (Christian Slater) research discoveries become accusations that threaten their family’s reputation.
Tonight, the SAG Awards comes on TV. This is the first year I get to participate and vote as a member. I was so excited about this and reviewing the screeners for voting consideration, I watched and reviewed them here on the Blog.