Category Archives: Movies

‘Us’ Vs Them

 

Universal's poster for "Us."
Universal’s poster for “Us.”

I saw Jordan Peele‘s new movie “Us” the other day, and then I looked up the Rotten Tomatoes audience scores online–and I was shocked to see a bunch of trolls had panned it! Then I checked the Rotten Tomatoes audience scores for a bunch of other black movies and I began to notice a trend. So I wrote this essay for the Grio.

BTW, I have a new novel coming out called “Around Harvard Square” that you should check out, and I’ll be reading from it at the Voracious Reader in Larchmont, NY on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. I hope I see you there!

‘Wonder Woman’ at the WSJ Cafe

“Wonder Woman” had some bad early buzz in some quarters, but now that it has actually been screened by critics, the raves are coming in and as of this writing it has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The star of “Wonder Woman,” Gal Gadot, and the director, Patty Jenkins, chatted with the WSJ Cafe about the hotly anticipated superhero movie, which opens up on Thursday, and offered up some advice on how we can all be more like Wonder Woman in real life. Watch the video:

Taraji P. Henson on ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Empire’ and Being Cookie

Taraji P. Henson doesn’t like getting bored. She’s had an exciting career run lately, starring in the hit movie “Hidden Figures” and continuing her star turn as Cookie in the TV series “Empire.” She stopped by the WSJ Cafe recently and she told me in an interview that she’s already thinking about her career after “Empire” because she enjoys the challenge of playing new characters. Could a superhero role be in her future? Watch the videos.

Hugh Jackman Talks About ‘Logan,’ Leaving ‘X-Men,’ at the WSJ Cafe

Hugh Jackman stopped by the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Cafe to chat with me about his new movie “Logan.” He told me it will be his last turn as the Wolverine character, but the film is getting such raves reviews (94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this), he’s going to face lots of pressure to play the role again. Jackman also gave me some details about his coming musical about P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman,” which he’s doing with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the composers behind the music for “La La Land” and the hit Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” Check out the videos:

Jeff Bridges Talks ‘Hell or High Water’ with the Speakeasy Podcast

Jeff Bridges, the star of “Hell or High Water,” called into the podcast I host to talk about his new film, which has gotten almost universal critical acclaim and is scoring at the box office as well. Bridges, who has starred in such films as “Iron Man” and “True Grit,” also talked about some of his future projects, and gave his take on a reported spinoff of “The Big Lebowski.” Here’s the Speakeasy podcast: