Our matinee audience, nearly a full house, laughed all the way through "Killer Joe," but it was nervous laughter.
Two films recently released to DVD provide a sweeping opportunity to learn more about Rastafari identity and culture.
For the most part, this new film is how Spider-Man should have been done in the first place. The film is energized and emotive. On the other hand, it's also far from groundbreaking.
When we think of "resistance," what mostly comes to mind is guerrilla warfare. But resistance doesn't always involve military operations.
Many will doubt this film's ability to trump the success and artistic integrity of 2008's The Dark Knight (generally considered to be the "Godfather" of superhero films).
The films bridged the gap between completely unbelievable and utter nonsense, but they did it with admirable verve and commitment.
"Beast of the Southern Wild" is a uniquely special film, unlike anything I have ever seen, with an outstanding cast.
This is the story of a civil rights activist and union organizer who became a linguist, went to China after World War II, and joined the Chinese Communist revolution.
The storytelling approach here was very cerebral, which instantly makes "Prometheus" a candidate for the best science fiction film seen in several years.
Moviegoers can take their pick of several good light-hearted films as the summer season begins. Each of these four has something to say and says it well.