Queen of Katwe is in many respects your typical feel-good sports story, elevated by the ways that it does diverge from the formula.
For one, the biopic of young Ugandan chess champ Phiona Mutesi is an all-too-rare mainstream movie about Africans, much less one that's not about their suffering. The film is able to overcome some of its narrative familiarity just by showcasing characters, locations and music we rarely see on screen. Having Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair at the helm also brings a visual vibrancy and communal energy to the proceedings....
The big bounty for Amazon Prime in October comes early with a huge slew of movies being added on Oct. 1, including a number of horror movies in time for Halloween. The Lethal Weapon series, Pink Panther franchise and several Woody Allen films will also come to the streaming service this month. For a full list, read below:
Before Sunrise/Before Sunset
Richard Linklater's Before trilogy (which also includes 2013's Before Midnight) is one of the greatest on-screen romances, and Amazon Prime subscribers can now watch the first two installments. 1995's Before Sunrise introduces us to 20-somethings Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) as they meet in a chance encounter in Vienna, while 2004's Before Sunset follows the two as they meet again nearly a decade later in Paris.
The Blood Oranges
Bowling for Columbine
Candyman 3: Day of the Dead
If you're looking for something to take your mind off the various Florida water scandals, why not kick back and revisit this classic about corruption in the California water system? Roman Polanski's 1974 film follows private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), who is asked to investigate a husband's potential infidelity and finds himself embroiled in an increasingly complex case.
Curse of the Pink Panther
Dead Men Can't Dance
The Devil's Advocate
The Dogs of War
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
The Falcon and the Snowman
A Feast at Midnight
Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's film is the best monster movie of modern times, paying respect to the genre - including an incredible setpiece of the aquatic creature running amok - while creating its own identity. It's among a number of foreign genre films being added, including serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil, sci-fi film Timecrimes and vampire tale Let the Right One In (although regrettably, it's the English dubbed version of that last film being added.)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
I Am David
I Saw the Devil
Island in the Sky
The Last Waltz
Let the Right One In (English Dubbed)
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Lost and Delirious
Love and Death
Married to the Mob
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
National Lampoon's Dirty Movie
National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2: College
National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call
Nick of Time
North Dallas Forty
Peter and the Wolf
The Pink Panther (1963)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Quigley Down Under
Revenge of the Pink Panther
A Shot in the Dark
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland
Son of the Pink Panther
The Stone Age
Stuart Saves His Family
Trail of the Pink Panther
Tucker & Dale vs Evil
Veteran action director Walter Hill's new film (Re)Assignment may have just premiered at Toronto International Film Festival to poor reviews, but he still has a pretty remarkable filmography, with this 1979 film remaining his most beloved. When a New York gang is mistakenly believed to have killed a leader, they must try to make it home to Coney Island while evading other street gangs seeking revenge.
American Horror Story (Season 5)
LEGO Jurassic World
The Dark Horse
Goliath (Season 1)
Louder Than Bombs
Norwegian director Joachim Trier's English-language debut sports an incredible cast including Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan and David Straitharn. The film follows the effects of the death of an acclaimed war photojournalist (Huppert) on her family, including her husband (Byrne) and sons (Eisenberg and Devin Druid.)
Shine a Light
A Brilliant Young Mind
Under the Gun
Bookaboo (Season 1)
Eye in the Sky
Good Girls Revolt (Season 1)
LEGO Scooby Doo...
Netflix has struggled to find the same success with its original movies as it has with its television series, but October may change that. The month sees the release of documentaries by acclaimed directors Ava DuVernay, Werner Herzog and Jonathan Demme, as well as Christopher Guest's first movie in a decade in Mascots and horror film I Am the Pretty That Lives in the House — all of which made have the film festival circuit. Several TV shows and movies will be added as well, though there are also notable departures including The Exorcist and the Back to the Future series. For a full list, read below:...
A new record store has opened up in Tampa, just one mile way from Microgroove.
Steelworker Records, located at 708 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, had its grand opening Sept. 3. And they've wasted no time setting up their next event, a release party for the vinyl version of the Twin Peaks soundtrack this Friday....
"We used to tour Florida like half the year," Baroness frontman John Baizley said midway through their set Wednesday at St. Pete's State Theatre. "I don't know why it's been so long."
Indeed, the Savannah metal act has been a scarce presence in the Sunshine State as of late, and Wednesday's show was apparently their first-ever in St. Pete. But then it's also been a turbulent couple of years for the group, including recovering from a serious bus crash in 2012....
Director Derek Cianfrance attempts to bring the emotional rawness of his previous films and influences to the melodrama genre with The Light Between Oceans, but he never quite pulls off the feat.
The filmmaker's debut, Blue Valentine, was a disintegrating relationship drama that worked thanks to Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams' wonderfully lived-in performances. He followed that with The Place Beyond the Pines, an ambitious if not entirely successful attempt to blend a gritty genre film with emotion, resulting in perhaps the only crime saga to end with Bon Iver....
Hamilton may not be any closer to reaching Tampa Bay, but one of its Tony-winning performers is coming to play an intimate show here.
Clipping (stylized as clipping.), the hip-hop group featuring Daveed Diggs, will be playing with Youth Code on Nov. 1 at the Local 662 in St. Pete. Tickets are $13; click here for details....
September sees a slew of new television seasons coming to Netflix this month, including the highly anticipated new Marvel series Luke Cage. There's also the addition of Jaws and its sequels, as well as Zootopia and The Finest Hours as Disney's deal with the streaming service starts this month. But as Netflix giveth, it taketh away, and so shows like Alias and Fringe, the Jurassic Park series and Disney animated films The Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch leave. For a full list, read below:...
The home invasion thriller gets a violent shift in perspective — emphasis on violent — in Fede Alvarez's new film Don't Breathe.
Break-ins remain a popular backdrop for horror films, as they're terrifying and something one's more likely to encounter than Freddy Krueger. To heighten the vulnerability of the scenario, these films sometimes deprive their characters of a sense, whether that's Audrey Hepburn's blind protagonist in Wait Until Dark or the deaf woman at the center of this year's Hush....
September is a busy month for Amazon's original television shows, including the third season of the critically acclaimed Transparent and new series by director Woody Allen and comedian Tig Notaro. Yet there's also plenty of new movies being added, including classics by Michael Cimino and Stanley Kubrick and great new ones including The Witch and Sicario. For a full list, read below:...
There's a lot that's unlikely about Pete's Dragon, the remake of the 1977 Disney film, particularly how good it is.
The original is no The Jungle Book or Alice in Wonderland when it comes to name recognition in the ever-growing list of Disney remakes. Even more unusual was hiring director David Lowery, whose last film was the Terrence Malick-esque crime tale Ain't Them Bodies Saints. (His contemporary Alex Ross Perry, writer-director of dark comedy Listen Up Philip, will be penning the new Winnie the Pooh. Go figure.)...
In its short time making movies, Netflix has been many things, both good (haven for mid-budget films) and bad (Adam Sandler enabler). With The Little Prince, it takes on the new role of savior.
The adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic children's book was set for a wide theatrical release in March. Then it was pulled from the schedule a week before release, with Paramount perhaps nervous about the big box office returns of fellow all-ages movie Zootopia....
What I Ate: When you're a vegetarian, you look for any place where you can eat more than one or two items on the menu.
Often I turn to Indian, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants — cuisines that center on vegetables, rice and sauces. So when I learned about Udipi Cafe, an all-vegetarian Indian restaurant, I sought it out.
Though the restaurant offers a full dinner menu, I opted for their lunch buffet, figuring I could sample a variety of their dishes while saving some money. ...
It wasn’t that long ago that album performance shows largely seemed to be the territory of household names — your Bruce Springsteens and so forth.
Yet the demand for such concerts has grown so large, as has the vastness of the media landscape, that even Japanese avant-rockers Boris are doing a tour for the tenth anniversary of their album Pink, including a stop Thursday at the Orpheum in Tampa. (Technically it’s been 11 years since its initial release in Japan, but a decade since the U.S. re-release where it became most widely known.)...
The biggest news for Netflix in August is a slew of new originals, including the animated film version of The Little Prince and the first part of Baz Luhrmann's '70s New York music series The Get Down. There's also a number of new comedy specials including ones by David Cross and Louis C.K. (as well as the slightly less hip Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy) and early entries in the Fast and the Furious series. For a full list, read below:...