MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – Review by Martha K Baker

Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, stands in the spotlight serenading the Black Bottom, a Twenties’ dance. But August Wilson put her there, and this film version of his play pays homage to him as much as it does to her. A third honor in this fine film goes to Chadwick Boseman in his last remarkable role.

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MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Viola Davis more than deserves her first lead actress Oscar nomination for her knock-out performance. But it is Chadwick Bosman’s nervy and brave performance that will linger on your mind. It’s nearly assured his legacy will be honored with a posthumous lead actor spot on ballot. Bless the makers of this showbiz tale for such a spectacular showcase of this actor’s artistry and talent.

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DA 5 BLOODS – Review by Susan Granger

Exploring racial inequity through the lens of the Vietnam War, Da 5 Bloods is the story of four African-American veterans who gather at a bar called Apocalypse Now in Ho Chi Minh City. They’re embarking on a dual mission: to recover the body of their revered squad leader, and find a cache of gold bars they’d buried after he was killed.

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