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“Mr. Jones” (available to rent on Amazon Prime). Truth-tellers are often dismissed out of ignorance or fear. Such a man was Gareth Jones, a yo…

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I knew pretty much nothing about “Get Out” before I saw it, except that Jordan Peele, a gifted satirical comedian and actor, had written and d…

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I’m not a big fan of the everything-is-a-contest school of living our lives. Competition, in its place — baseball and football, the Olympics, …

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I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to see “Manchester By the Sea.” On second thought, I do know why: At the time it opened and for week…

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“Moonlight” is revelation. Focusing on lower class black lives in Miami, circa the 1980s and on, it was written and directed by gifted filmmak…

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I liked “Hidden Figures” so much I went back to see it again. And I liked it just as much the second time. It’s a thoroughly entertaining hist…

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“La La Land” is director/writer Damien Chazelle’s (“Whiplash”) love letter to Los Angeles, especially the Silver Lake neighborhood. A huge, am…

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This week, by sheer happenstance, I’m writing about four female-centered productions: Two in theaters, two on TV.