SIDNEY – Review by Martha K Baker

Sidney Poitier became a legend, as an actor, as an activist, as a Black man in racist America. He died in January, 2022, at age 94. This documentary honors him as that legend, avoiding hagiography but certainly raving about the contributions of one hard-working actor, the first Black man to win an Oscar. Within the adulation of the bio-doc, Poitier stands out from the many interviewees, who include his five daughters and two wives. His voice, largely from a 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey, remains quiet and sure, modest and cool. Winfrey produced the laudatory film of her friend, whom she called her “great Black Hope.”

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THE KOMINSKY METHOD: Season 3 – Review by Susan Granger

This third – and final – season finds Sandy mourning the death of his friend Norman and serving as Executor of Norman’s estate. Drinks and dinner at their favorite hangout, Musso and Frank’s, will never be the same. There’s lots of laughter – fun and sentimental – amid the pathos, which the cast is obviously enjoying. Sadly, the condensed six-episode season left me wanting more, yet knowing this is the final chapter.

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ANGEL HAS FALLEN – Brandy McDonnell reviews

The screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, Matt Cook and director Ric Roman Waugh telegraphs every plot point so obviously that even a schoolchild will know whodunnit and why – not that any child should see this movie since Waugh’s leans into the R rating, violently racking up a stunning body count.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 21-27: LUCY

Opening July 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Lucy, starring action It Girl Scarlett Johansson as a woman who gains the ability to use one hundred percent of her brain function, turning her into an unstoppable killing machine. Writer-director Luc Besson has created his share of strong, female action heroes as witnessed in La Femme Nikita and The Professional. Johannson is turning into that rare actor who is interesting to watch in both big-budget action movies, like The Avengers, and riskier films, like Under the Skin. It will be fascinating to see what Besson and Johansson have created together in Lucy. Read on…

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