AFI Fest Review: ‘AMAZING GRACE’ is celebratory, heavenly living history

November 26th, 2018 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic AMAZING GRACE Not Rated, 87 minutes Directed by: Sydney Pollack (uncredited) Starring: Aretha Franklin, Rev. James Cleveland, Alexander Hamilton, The Southern California Community Choir, Rev. C.L. Franklin, Clara Ward, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts They say “good things come to those who wait.” However, no one could’ve predicted audiences would have to wait 46 years to see AMAZING GRACE. The music documentary features ...


[INTERVIEW] Brady Corbet, Natalie Portman & Sia fuse character drive with pop music in ‘VOX LUX’

November 26th, 2018 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, Movie News | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic If you felt A STAR IS BORN lacked a stinging commentary of our pop music landscape, writer-director Brady Corbet has a movie for you. In VOX LUX, he connects the manipulated machinations of pop music with provocative socio-political commentary set against a historical backdrop. It’s also a fireworks-laden showcase for star Natalie Portman to deliver a magnificent, cutting performance. Simply put: it’s an ambitious film, ...


AFI Fest Review: ‘MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS’ is more than a textbook period piece

November 16th, 2018 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Rated R, 125 minutes Directed by: Josie Rourke Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Joe Alwyn, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, James McArdle, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Adrian Lester Director Josie Rourke’s MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS may not be entirely historically accurate, but it does show how to create a feminist-friendly, diverse biopic with all the dramatic dynamics of ...