An Oscar-nominated film, movie about race relations and a sexually charged offering top this week’s new DVD releases.
Director Ava DuVernay and writer Paul Webb pay proper tribute to what was one of the most monumental moments in America history, while examining some of the smaller stories that became part of this larger event.
Oyelowo shows incredible power, whether he is delivering one of King’s moving speeches or in giving quiet confession about his concerns. It’s a massive undertaking trying to portray someone as compelling and commanding as King. Oyelowo has captured King so well that it’s the kind of work Oscar voters notice.
Mike Binder, director and writer of “Black or White,” manages to find dead center with this story — based on real events — of two families who believe their world is the best place for a young girl. It’s a slight variation on the nature vs. nurture argument.
Binder’s ability to make smart arguments for both sides of the issue, without becoming overly sentimental, gives “Black or White” a solid foundation. Then, Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer—- who represent each side of the debate — take over and deliver solid performances that give the film passion and life.
No one said the masochism part of the story in “Fifty Shades of Grey” had to do with what the audience would be put through. There has never been a film so painful to watch, both because of how poorly it’s written, acted and shot and for its disgustingly vulgar treatment of women.
The movie would be painfully laughable if it wasn’t so horribly offensive.
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