I defy anyone with an active conscience and a definitive moral of what is right and what is wrong to watch Detroit and not find it very difficult and uncomfortable to sit through; especially if you’re black. Having to watch anyone, human or animal be subjected to systematic brutality especially at the hands of people who’re supposed to protect and serve you.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Will Poulter and Jason Mitchell.
Released: August 25
Kathryn Bigelow-directed “Detroit” recounts a harshly intense chapter in United States history where vigilant and prejudice police office Philip Krauss (Will Poulter) raids the Alger Motel in Detroit, Michigan in search of a notorious sniper.
A Sikh, a Muslim and an Irish Catholic take stock of their lives in contemporary London in Atul Malhotra’s coming of age comedy drama Amar Akbar & Tony. This landmark independent film is the first western film to feature a turbaned Sikh in the lead.
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Cast: Rena Nónen, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Ono, Megumi Han, Shigeru Ushiyama and Mayumi Shintani.
Released: June 30 (United Kingdom)
I didn’t want to allow myself to be at all encouraged to give this movie a low rating based purely on the reviews I had read of it prior to being invited to a press screening. I couldn’t call myself a die-hard Tupac Shakrur fan. I had my favourite tracks (notably California Love, Happy Home, Changes, How Do You Want It and Ballad of a Dead Soldier to name but a few) and I loved him in his movie roles. I also took the time to read ‘The Rose That Grew From Concrete’ ; so I was indeed schooled in his analytical and literary sides too. However, like many women I was often caught up by the sheer beauty of the man. Aesthetically; he was almost perfect (if not perfect) and was a multi-faceted, multi- talented, and multi- platinum selling artist, actor and writer. He achieved so much in his short but not short of events life and although I ultimately knew of his beginnings, middle and untimely end; I welcomed a little deeper insight into his story.
HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon (Wild, This Means War, Legally Blonde) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband (Michael Sheen, Passengers, Nocturnal Animals), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters, and struggles to get her fledgling design career off the ground whilst also navigating the family’s new life. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three young, charismatic filmmakers (Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander and Jon Rudnitsky) who she decides to take in while they try their hand in Hollywood. An unconventional family dynamic emerges, leading them all on an unexpected journey of discovery.
Our Top 5 lists continue with another. This time for the more bearded folks among you. Viking movies aren’t the most common compared to some of the other fads these days – vampires, I’m looking at you – but when they come, they come with a bang. I mean, sometimes not, but sometimes they do. And for those that did, I’ve got you covered. Without further ado, have a look at what I reckon are the five best Viking movies of all time. What do you think?