Hollywood doesn't recognize complexity of black life

This should have been the year that black directors dominated the Oscars.


Families react to tragedy in "August: Osage County" and "Nebraska"

By now, we should be convinced that Meryl Streep can do anything, but we've never seen her do ugly like this!


"The Wolf of Wall Street": "Mean Streets" director does "Ugly Street"

It's an ugly, unforgivable movie of shameful practices and sociopathic tendencies. How else, of course, would you make a movie about Wall Street finance?


Black-themed films lead Progie nominations

Riding a wave of black-themed films, movies about slavery, apartheid, and police repression dominate this year's nominations for best progressive films.


"American Hustle" is not a masterpiece, it's just a lot of fun

"American Hustle" isn't an art experience; it isn't a universal story and it won't change your life or your attitude. It's only what movies are made to be: fun.


In "Her" boy meets computer, falls in love

My movie buddy drifted off to sleep during the talky new sci-fi film "Her." The good news about Spike Jonze's unusual film is the terrific acting by Joaquin Phoenix.


Start the year with some great labor films

Let me quickly recommend some lesser known labor films worth your attention.