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Archive for December 17th, 2018

by Sam Juliano

Those of us working in school systems will be on holiday break after Friday, though for most the Christmas-New Year’s span will bring the usual winter vacation.  As usual this time of the year is hectic and it usually comes down to what are the main priorities as time rushes by.  Here at Wonders in the Dark we are maintaining the status quo with James Clark publishing his stupendous critical film essays and J.D. Lafrance his superlative weekly movie reviews.  Yours Truly, at a much more leisurely pace than past years, continues forward with the annual Caldecott Medal Contender series.  Number 10 appeared earlier today.

Acclaimed star Regina King and director Barry Jenkins spoke at a lengthy Q & A Thursday night at the Angelika Film Center after the 7:05 screening of the masterful “If Beale Street Could Talk” based on the novel by James Baldwin. The film, a poetic and bittersweet examination of social injustice in 1960’s Harlem showcases the indomitably of love in a ravishing humanist canvas, imbued with spirituality, poetic cinematography by James Laxton and a brilliant cast led by King as Sharon Rivers, the mother of the young pregnant woman who stays by her man despite a bogus charge of rape. Many highlights including a violent family confrontation scene instigated by Fenny’s holy-roller mother, but the lush tapestries bring an idyllic haze to a trenchant depiction of social realism. Nicolas Britell’s brooding score beautifully defines the visuals. Looking like a 5/5 to me at this point. Lucille, who attended with me was also mightily impressed. (more…)

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