SOUL – Review by Martha K Baker

One will have to deal with whether Pixar’s animated Soul, is at all appropriate for — or even appealing to — children. But children delight in only what they want in animation, leaving the rest for adults. Soul has a lesson, one children can afford to learn, about our purpose in life, about our spark, about our music. While the film’s concentration on Black artists, on female brass players, and on avoiding Black stereotypes is commendable, its falling into the Great Beyond is questionable.

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JUST MERCY – Review by Martha K Baker

In 2014, Stevenson wrote Just Mercy, which recounts the beginning of the Equal Justice Initiative, similar to the Innocence Project and the Midwest Innocence Project. Stevenson’s book has become a most respectable film, the kind that forces a sob to rise from the heart at the end as captions explain what happened after the last scene fades to black.

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ROBIN HOOD – Review by Sarah Ward

The latest version of Robin Hood takes its cues from modernised medieval epics to give audiences a high-energy dose of action, although nobody will feel particularly richer or poorer for it. Returning the folkloric figure to the big screen for the first time since 2010, this is a new, younger-skewing original story rather than a rehash, with designs on setting up a new franchise.

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