Miles Morales

Why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the Superhero Movie We NEED

If you aren’t an avid Marvel fan, you might be tempted to blow off Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ll admit to a small eye-roll myself, when I saw that yet another version of Spidey was in the works, and that THIS ONE didn’t include Tom Holland. Then my daughter (who spends too much time watching superhero theories on YouTube) clued me in to the different Marvel universes and how Miles Morales (our new Spider-Man) plays into them.
The multiverse concept might sound extremely dorky to those of us who don’t follow the comics, but it works fantastically in the hands of an animation expert like director Bob Persichetti (Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Little Prince). He has taken the story of Miles Morales’ interaction with a radioactive spider and slipped it almost seamlessly from page to screen. It results in the clearest example of a comic-book-movie to date, but it doesn’t always work. Continue reading →

Kiki Layne & Stephan James

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” EARLY & FOR FREE

Did you know that Barry Jenkins has another movie coming out? Yes, the man who tore our hearts out with Moonlight has another film opening just in time for Oscar season, and this one is based on a novel by the extraordinary James Baldwin. If Beale Street Could Talk tells the story of a young couple in the 1970s who fall victim to a broken criminal justice system. I’ve seen this one and can tell you that it is packed with some of the best performances of the year (Regina King is my personal favorite as the family matriarch, and I love anything that Brian Tyree Henry does). If Beale Street Could Talk will almost certainly be part of the Oscar-conversation this year too, and it was just nominated for three Golden Globes. So, who wants to see If Beale Street Could Talk EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →