Keeping the Past in Perspective


What to Watch in the Theater:
The Best of Enemies (PG13) is in theaters now. This movie, starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, is based on a true story of school integration in Durham, NC in 1971. After a fire burns half of the blacks-only elementary school, a local black activist and concerned mother, Ann Atwater, faces off against C.P. Ellis, head of the local Klan chapter, in order to ensure a better life for her kids. This film demonstrates how societal pressures affect the outcome of issues, and the people making decisions. This is an important part of history that needs to be remembered, and the story is compelling and well-acted.
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5


Missing Link (PG) is in theaters now. LAIKA’s latest stop-motion animation features a British adventurer looking for recognition, and his greatest discovery (Mr. Link, the Sasquatch) looking for his place in the world. We have a great appreciation for stop-motion artistry, which almost always goes hand-in-hand with great family entertainment. This one does have some dark elements, as our heroes frequently find themselves in peril AND chased by a bounty hunter. This film is a fun journey, with adventure, humor and heart, plus an awesome voice cast (including Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana).
Our rating: 4.67 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Black Summer (TVMA) is now streaming exclusively on Netflix. This zombie series comes from our friends at The Asylum (most well-known for the Sharknado movies, but Jennifer did a couple of films with them before they found fame with sharks). Max checked out after one episode, because there was no explanation for the zombie outbreak, and he prefers the slow-moving type. Vic is hanging on for all 8 episodes, and has so far enjoyed the first half. This seems more like how a real-life zombie apocalypse could go, which makes it pretty frightening. We follow a variety of characters as they navigate suburbia, dealing with both zombie attacks and their own human flaws, while trying to find their way to the stadium in the city, in hopes of reconnecting with family.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

Stan & Ollie (PG) is available on DVD. The movie documents the relationship between the comic duo during their later years, with some key flashbacks. They’re on tour together in the UK, years after their success in movies, looking forward to producing their own movie for a change. We get a glimpse into the men behind the comedy, with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly doing a great job of bringing Laurel & Hardy to life. It’s a poignant tale about an important part of our cinematic past.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

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