LUCE – Review by Susan Granger

When Luce Edgar’s stern history teacher questions his provocative essay about West Indian radical political philosopher Frantz Fanon and, subsequently, finds a bag of illegal fireworks in his locker, Luce’s reputation is called into question. Parent-teacher confrontations, monitored by the principal, raise pertinent questions about racial identity and prejudice.

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LUCE – Review by Diane Carson

Director Julius Onah’s Luce trades on the perplexing challenge of accurately accessing character, even in individuals known quite well and occasionally on public display. Add to that a Rashomon factor, that is, the subjective trap for everyone of their own status and personality, and the complications multiply, the film’s audience included as we second guess our own judgments.

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MA – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

The cinematic efforts of men to delve into the inner lives of women continue to fail abysmally, in particularly horrific manner with Ma, a disgraceful waste of the brilliant Octavia Spencer. She deserves so much better than this bargain-bin cockadoodie pseudo-Misery wannabe. I console myself with the fact that she was probably at least paid well.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Spencer and Union Nab COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar-winning actor Octavia Spencer has announced that she is teaming with Wyolah Films’ Tate Taylor and John Norris and award-winning actress and New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Union to produce the film version of the seminal novel Coffee Will Make You Black under her Orit Productions shingle.

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