For Colored Girls (review)

Indie filmmaker Tyler Perry has spun an unlikely career out of catering to underserved black audiences by giving them excruciatingly unwatchable minstrel-show movies. Now, finally, Perry has made a film that doesn’t pander, that has something meaningful to say — something actually worth hearing…

Rodrigo Garcia on making movies about women (interview)

Rodrigo Garcia’s latest film, Mother and Child, opening tomorrow in the U.S. and Canada, is that rarest of rarities these days: a serious film about motherhood that does not resort to clichés and stereotypes but explores what is for many women the central experience of their lives without either denigrating it or dismissing it. The … more…

dream cast: hypothetical ’21 Jump Street’ remake

It’s still Thursday for a little while, and that means it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: 21 Jump Street, the 1987-91 Fox drama about young-looking cops who go undercover in high schools. Now that I look back at it, it was like Law & … more…

5 reasons I’m psyched for ‘Lakeview Terrace’

All this week! 5 movies I’m psyched for in September, and 5 reasons why. No. 3: Lakeview Terrace [opens wide September 19]. 1. The story: An interracial couple — he’s white, she’s black — get harrassed by their neighbor, a cop who happens to be black, disapproves of their relationship, and — oh, yeah — … more…