Category: Film Reviews

‘I Am Not Your Negro’

Commentary by Andy Ray Of the 20th century’s three most notable African-American authors – Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin – Baldwin was the most accessible. Often appearing on television and participating in...

Andy Ray’s Oscar picks and predictions

Commentary by Andy Ray Last year was a mildly disappointing one for motion pictures. I found just two films that I would call “brilliant.” One is the British/American indie “American Honey,” which is not...

‘Julieta’

Commentary by Andy Ray Since his 1988 debut with “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” Spanish director and auteur Pedro Almodovar has always been at his best with stories about females.  He...

‘The Comedian’

While he typically plays the heavy, Robert DeNiro is certainly capable of comedic performances (see “Midnight Run,” “Wag the Dog,” and “Silver Linings Playbook”).  So if you knew DeNiro were to play an aging...

‘Paterson’

Commentary by Andy Ray Writer/director Jim Jarmusch has been making independent films for 30 years, but only a few of them are household names. His latest, “Paterson,” will probably be his biggest success, but...

‘The Founder’

Commentary by Andy Ray Ray Kroc is known worldwide as the founder of the McDonald’s restaurant chain. But he really did not establish McDonald’s. He downright stole the idea. John Lee Hancock’s new film...

‘Silence’

Commentary by Andy Ray Webster’s defines apostasy as “a defection or revolt,” particularly as it applies to the renunciation of one’s religion.  In his new film “Silence,” director Martin Scorsese asks if we would...

‘20th Century Women’

Commentary by Andy Ray Oftentimes, my favorite movies are those I see without knowing exactly what’s coming. With no expectations, a good quality screenplay can take me by surprise. Andrea Arnold’s recent “American Honey”...

‘Live by Night’

Commentary by Andy Ray Much as with the so-called War on Drugs, Prohibition did not stop Americans from drinking alcoholic beverages. Instead, it created a huge underground market for such products – leading to...

‘Hidden Figures’

Commentary by Andy Ray As a department of the U.S. Government, NASA was one of the first “businesses” to integrate African-Americans into its workforce. Even before the height of the Civil Rights Movement, African-American...