“Get Out,” always the cautionary command in horror movies, is never more foreboding than in director Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, and Bradley Whitford.
Often seen as invisible or the “scary black dude” to some whites, Chris (Kaluuya) in this case, is the one suspicious of girlfriend, Rose’s (Williams) parents. Especially, since she told him she needn’t have explained to her liberal parents who voted for Barack Obama twice that her boyfriend was black.
Needless to say, things go awry when Rose brings Chris home for the weekend and he finds a number of unnerving, docile blacks working for the parents. Wary of what’s going on, Chris checks in constantly with his TSA friend, Rod (Lil Rel Howery). Howery is not only hilarious but a key factor in this humorous, horror thriller.
There has been quite a buzz about this film for some time and the white people coming out of the theater were raving about the movie just as much as the black moviegoers. Keep in mind, Rose’s father is a neurosurgeon and her mother is a hypnotist. With that in mind and not wanting to give away spoilers, could this film be the Donald Trump new America solution?
Roadside Attractions that brought us “Dear White People,” “Southside with You,” and “Chi-Raq” is back with “Bitter Harvest,” based on a true story. Although “Bitter Harvest” is a tale of Ukrainian genocide (the Holodomor) under George Stalin” in the early 1930s, it also tells the love story of Yuri (Max Irons) and Natalka (Samantha Barks).
Yuri and Natalka’s strong and binding love help them get through the atrocities they and their people have to endure as the Soviet Union starves and steals their rich land. The burning of a church, and priests as well as villagers killed are common occurrences. This compelling film directed by George Mendeluk, also stars Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp, and Tamer Hassan.
Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]
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