We have waited a long time for a full-length film biopic on Harriet Tubman to be released, and unfortunately, we may have to wait a little bit longer for a great one. This film, simply titled Harriet (which is fine) and directed by Kasi Lemmons, shows Harriet from the beginnings of her freedom from slavery (including a brief glimpse into her plantation life) through her amazing work on the Underground Railroad.
Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar’s latest, is a sort of autobiographical work — with Antonio Banderas as his cinematic replacement/equivalent. Banderas plays Salvador, a retired, esteemed Spanish director who suffers from numerous aches and pains, both physically and emotionally.
Clint Eastwood’s latest, the biopic Richard Jewell, is a powerful, must-see film that explores what it means to be a hero. Real-life heroes don’t wear capes, and usually they don’t look like movie stars.
Ford v Ferrari, writer-director James Mangold’s latest, is the last 2020 Best Picture nominee that I saw and, while it is thoroughly entertaining in some parts, it isn’t necessarily Best Picture material (whatever that means).
As an atheist aka non-believer, I wouldn’t say that I am the target demographic for this faith-focused, fact-based film starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, and Topher Grace. And, while I am a fan of Metz in particular and knew that she was talented enough to pull off the difficult role of the prayer-obsessed mother of an adopted son who gets into an accident with slim chances of survival, I wasn’t dying to see this movie.