Searing Expose\’ Indicts Child Support System as Racist and Rigged against Black Men

Today, there\’s a cultural consensus that the criminal justice system aggressively targets and imprisons African-Americans. Might the family courts be just as racist and rigged against black men? That is the question explored in thought-provoking fashion by Where\’s Daddy, a sobering indictment of the child support system directed by Rel Dowdell (Changing the Game).

For movies opening January 26, 2018

Hostiles (R for profanity and graphic violence) Panoramic Western, set in 1892, about a veteran cavalry Captain (Christian Bale) who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) from a fort in New Mexico back to his tribe\’s ancestral lands in Montana. Supporting cast includes Rosamund Pike, Adam Beach, Ben Foster and Timothee Chalamet. 

Vets Readjust to Civilian Life in Docudrama Based on Wounded Warrior Memoir 

In the spring of 2007, the Washington Post\’s David Finkel accompanied a combat team of American infantrymen deployed to Baghdad at the start of the controversial surge ordered by President Bush. After being embedded for a year, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter chronicled the intrepid GIs\’ heroic efforts to bring stability to the region in a riveting best seller entitled \

The Shape of Water Leads Race with Lucky 13 Nominations Weinstein, Spacey and Franco Conspicuously Absent

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro\’s surreal, cross-species love story landed the most Academy Award nominations (13), including for Best Director, Picture and Original screenplay, as well as trio of acting categories. Dunkirk (8) was next, followed by Three Billboards (7), Darkest Hour (6) and Phantom Thread (6).

Top Ten DVD List for January 23, 2018   

Thank You for Your Service [Inspired by True Events] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B076R598PX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Icons among Us [Jazz in the Present Tense]  https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002RNO1BW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 In Search of Fellini [A Wonderfdully Whimsical Coming of Age Journey]

Jessica Chastain Plays Skier-Turned-Felon in Warts-and-All Biopic

Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) was the third-ranked downhill skier in North America when her dream of representing the U.S. in the 2002 Winter Olympics was dashed by a crippling back injury suffered during a qualifying run. So, the multi-talented University of Colorado grad had a change of plans, and instead set her sights on law school.

Reverential Biopic Chronicles Rise, Fall and Triumphant Return of Legendary South African Singer/Activist

Zenzile Miriam Makeba had the misfortune of being born black in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1932, which relegated her to second-class citizenship. In fact, she spent the first six months of her life behind bars with her mother, a sangoma (witch doctor), sent to prison days just after her birth.

For movies opening January 19, 2018

12 Strong (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Adaptation of “Horse Soldiers,” Doug Stanton’s best seller chronicling the declassified exploits of a Special Forces unit deployed to Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Co-starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, William Fitchner, Michael Pena, Rob Riggle and Trevante Rhodes. 

A Spirited Tête-à-Tête with the Talented Athlete-Turned-Thespian

Trevante Nemour Rhodes was born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana on February 10, 1990, but raised in Little Elm, Texas from the age of 10. After excelling in sports in high school, he earned a scholarship to the University of Texas where he was an All-American sprinter as well as a running back on the Longhorns\’ football team.

Reigning Jeopardy Champ Gilbert Collins Cornered at Princeton’s Ivy Inn

Like clockwork, every Tuesday evening, my wife and I watch Jeopardy on TV before rushing out of the house to play trivia in the weekly contest staged at Princeton’s Ivy Inn. But because the reigning champ, Gilbert Collins, lives and works in Princeton, as I turned off the set I mentioned that I\’d like to meet and interview him someday.

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