‘Straight Outta Compton’ a perfect blend of hip-hop relevance and history

Watching N.W.A. navigate through the music business in Straight Outta Compton, one wonders the outcome had they remained together as a musical act. Making consecutive hits looked easy. But there they were, five or more young black men from Compton, laying down layered tracks and defying record industry protocol. It makes one hopeful that N.W.A. […]

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) has his webby hands full as Oscorp (a shadowy company with questionable intentions) unleashes an army of opponents against him, the most dangerous of whom is known as Electro (Jamie Foxx, who taps into his inner bad boy […]

‘Turbo’: Children will love the little snail who could

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) is a snail who dreams of going a little bit faster. Of course, being a snail he has as much chance of picking up speed as a snowball has of not not melting in, well, you know. But an accident […]

Movie Review: ‘Rock of Ages’

Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti Studio: Warner Bros. This film adaptation of the Broadway hit musical doesn’t lack for star power. Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) is the over-the-top rock star with an attitude. Alec Baldwin is barely recognizable — which is probably […]