Review: Instant Family

Instant Family is a look at a real foster care story – one with a happy ending. It’s a comedy, but it looks clear-eyed at a situation that is anything but funny.

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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker stars Octavia Spencer in a role that has been waiting for her since the beginning of her career. She was the perfect Sarah, AKA Madam C.J. Walker.

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Review: Luce

Luce is a challenging story because you’re never clear about what’s really happening. The four main characters turn in brilliant performances. That makes digging through the subtleties even harder.

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Review: The Free World

The Free World takes a dark and intense look at two broken people who find each other out of a love for dogs. Elisabeth Moss, Boyd Holbrook and Octavia Spencer play the major roles. Continue reading “Review: The Free World”

Review: The Shape of Water

It’s fair to say I’m enthusiastic about The Shape of Water. This fantastical love story was beautiful and unique. Continue reading “Review: The Shape of Water”

Review: Hidden Figures

I loved Hidden Figures. Maybe a man could watch this film and not love it, but there is no way a woman could watch Hidden Figures and not love it. It was the most emotionally satisfying film I’ve seen in a long time. Continue reading “Review: Hidden Figures”

Watch This: Trailer for Hidden Figures – Updated

Hidden Figures is based on a true story about a team of African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data to launch America’s first successful space missions. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Hidden Figures – Updated”

I’m Excited About the Cast of Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures doesn’t release until January 2017, but I’m already excited about the cast and the people they are playing. Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer star as three mathematicians working at NASA.

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Review: Black or White

Black or White stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer as two contending grandparents fighting over custody of young Eloise (Jillian Estell).

Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer

Spoilers ahead.

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Starts Today! Red Band Society

Here’s the latest preview for Red Band Society, which starts tonight on Fox. I’ll be watching. If you plan to watch, come back tomorrow and let us know what you thought.

This dramedy stara Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, and a batch of young people whose names you’ll probably learn within a couple of weeks of watching the show. I spotted Wilson Cruz in the preview; I hope he’s a regular.

It’s about kids on a cancer ward, and the narrator is in a coma. What could go wrong?

Update!

It’s the morning after the premier, which I tried to watch. I say tried because I fell asleep about half way through from lack of interest. The series was too juvenile for me, the characters too stereotypical. This makes me really sad because I would love to get enthusiastic about anything that gave Octavia Spencer a leading role. I hope it appeals to the younger crowd and keeps an audience and a following because – Octavia Spencer.

What did you think?