Film at Lincoln Center holds 59th NY Film Fest Sept. 24-Oct. 10

Although filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s film isn’t part of the 59th New York Film Festival, I am reminded of one of her powerful quotes in which she spoke about the power of dreams: “For me, it’s a question of the way ...

Amazon Studios’ ‘Cinderella’—a new twist on a very white classic fairytale

Amazon Studios’ new film, “Cinderella,” is the latest retelling of the Charles Perrault classic and, this time, screenwriter and director Kay Cannon gives the old classic a new spin. In this over-the-top unreality, characters break into song with all the ...

Emmy host Cedric the Entertainer says stuffiness is banned

As busy as Cedric the Entertainer is with his sitcom “The Neighborhood” and other projects, he quickly said yes when asked to host his first major awards show.

In ‘The Card Counter,’ Tiffany Haddish brings the light

Tiffany Haddish may have Martin Scorsese to thank for her role in Paul Schrader’s “The Card Counter,” at least indirectly.

‘Candyman’ slashes way toward No. 1 box office spot

“Candyman” hooked the top spot at the North American box office.

‘Respect’—the power of the late, great Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin crossed over but her life force is still very much alive. She is a legend and there is no question that the late, great Aretha Franklin could sing.

‘Free Guy’—a fun, fantasy action film

“Free Guy” is a fantasy action film that has pulled ideas from everywhere. It is a wild mashup of a few multi-verse blockbusters, like “The Lego Movie” meeting “The Matrix.”

ImageNation Outdoors premieres Tonya Pinkin’s ‘Red Pill’

It takes a special strength to laugh at pain. To sport a Sambo smile, loud and hollow, as a person burdened by stress and fear begins to crumble right before your eyes.

ImageNation Outdoors presents Tonya Pinkins’ ‘Red Pill’

Join the 19th annual ImageNation Outdoors festival for the NYC premiere of “Red Pill” at NYC Movies Under the Stars. The one-night only event takes place Friday, Aug. 13 at St. Nicholas Park (135th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue).

Idris Elba is Bloodsport in ‘The Suicide Squad’ opening Aug. 6

On Aug. 6, the “The Suicide Squad” explores from the beautiful mind of writer/director James Gunn and Warner Bros. Pictures. This new superhero action-adventure from the DC world features a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup.

‘Zola’—started as a Twitter rant, now poised to take home awards

A notorious tweetstorm is now on screen, starring Taylour Paige and Riley Keough. The film is “Zola” and the director is Janicza Bravo from a script she wrote with the Tony-nominated playwright Jeremy O. Harris (“Slave Play”).

African American girls have key roles in HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot

Face it, African American people are a culture in the United States. We are cool because we are, so I understand why there are several African American female leads in HBO Max’s reboot of “Gossip Girl.”

Stunning film debut ‘Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)’ opens July 23 at Film Forum

This debut drama, set in colorful, chaotic Lagos, the former Nigerian capital, is made by twin brothers, Arie and Chuko Esiri: Tragedy and fate intervene as two Nigerians try to better the lives of their families.

Black excellence on display in 2021 Emmy noms

There is no denying that during the worldwide lockdown due to COVID-19, there was a renewed appreciation for the creative people behind today’s television shows.

His determination made ‘Godfather of Harlem’ a reality on EPIX

Markuann Smith, executive producer/actor on “Godfather of Harlem” knows everything about holding your vision.