Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kam's Movie Kapsules for 2-12-16

OPENING THIS WEEK
Kam's Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening February 12, 2016

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Deadpool (R for sexuality, graphic nudity, graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Ryan Reynolds plays the Marvel Comics antihero in this origins adventure about a Special Forces mercenary left mutated by a proverbial medical experiment gone horribly wrong. With Ed Skrein, Karan Soni and Michael Benyaer.

How to Be Single (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity) Romantic comedy revolving around the misadventures of a newcomer to New York City (Dakota Johnson) who decides to test the waters of the Manhattan dating scene after breaking up with her marriage-minded college sweetheart (Nicholas Braun). Co-starring Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Alison Brie.

Where to Invade Next (R for profanity, drug use, violent images and brief graphic nudity) Michael Moore mockumentary finds the inveterate iconclast mounting faux invasions of other nations in search of ways to improve the quality of life in the United States of America.

Zoolander 2 (PG-13 for brief profanity, coarse humor, crude sexuality and a scene of over-the-top violence) Ben Stiller reprises the title role in a silly sequel which finds the dim-witted model joining forces with his former adversary (Owen Wilson) in order to fight a new fashion industry nemesis (Will Ferrell). Ensemble cast includes Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch, Penelope Cruz and Olivia Munn, with cameos by Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Demi Lovato and Macaulay Culkin.


INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Unrated) Romantic comedy revolving around the love which blossoms between an Asian-American (Jamie Chung) visiting Hong Kong for the very first time and the white guy (Bryan Greenberg) giving her a tour of the city. With Sarah Lian, Jaeden Cheng and Richard Ng.

Cabin Fever (Unrated) Faithful remake of the 2002 horror comedy about five college friends (Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker, Dustin Inram and Samuel Davis) on the run from a flesh-eating virus during a weekend getaway at a remote rural retreat. Featuring Randy Schulman, Louise Linton, Jason Rouse and Eli Roth.

Fitoor (Unrated) Bollywood version of Great Expectations, the Charles Dickens classic revolving around the coming-of-age of a struggling street urchin (Aditya Roy Kapoor). With Katrina Kaif, Rahul Bhat and Tabu. (In Hindi with subtitles)

Mountains May Depart (Unrated) Three-part character study, set in 1999, 2014 and 2025, chronicling events in the life of a beautiful (Tao Zhao), pursued by two suitors (Yi Zhang and Jing Dong Liang), who opted to marry for money over love. With Zijan Dong, Sylvia Chang and Lu Liu. (In Cantonese, Mandarin and English with subtitles)

National Parks Adventure (Unrated) Eco-documentary, narrated by Robert Redford, extolling the virtues of America's national parks.

Of Mind and Music (
PG-13 for suggestive material, drug references and mature themes) Tenderhearted family drama, unfolding against the backdrop of the New Orleans music scene, examining the toll exacted by Alzheimer's on a popular street performer (Aunjanue Ellis). Co-starring Bill Cobbs and Joaquim de Almeida.

Providence (Unrated) Silent film set in a tiny Tennessee town where it takes a tragedy for two people (Juli Tapken and Rich Swingle) who've known each other for over forty years to realize they were meant for each other. With Irene Santiago, Katie Pavao and Marcy Conway.

Standoff (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Psychological thriller about a disgraced veteran (Thomas Jane) who makes the most of a shot at redemption created when an adolescent murder witness (Ella Ballentine) is targeted by a bloodthirsty assassin (Laurence Fishburne). Featuring Joanna Douglas, Jim Watson and John Tench.

Touched with Fire (R for profanity, drug use, brief sexuality and a disturbing image) Romance drama revolving around a couple of mental patients (Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby) who fall madly in love over doctors orders while institutionalzed for manic depression. Support cast includes Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne and Bruce Altman.

Monday, February 1, 2016

B. Smith. & Dan Gasby


The “Before I Forget” Interview
with Kam Williams

B. and Dan Discuss Their Brave Battle against Alzheimer's


Barbara Elaine Smith is a true American success story. Born in rural western Pennsylvania, B. was one of the world's first supermodels.
 
She went on to build a national brand in entertaining and lifestyle, writing three highly-acclaimed cookbooks, launching a nationally syndicated television show as well as a magazine. With her husband, Dan Gasby, she also founded restaurants in New York, Sag Harbor and Washington, DC.

Three years ago, B. was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Rather than endure its deprivations in private, B. and Dan decided to speak out about what they were going through, first on national television, then through their new book “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptances In Our Fight against Alzheimer’s.”

Here, they talk about the memoir and the battle against Alzheimer's.


Kam Williams: Hi B. and Dan, thanks for the interview.
B.Smith: Thank you, Kam. We’re happy to be talking with you.
Dan Gasby: Glad to be here.

KW: I told my readers I'd be interviewing you, so I'll be mixing their questions in with mine.
DG: Got it.

KW: First, let me ask, B., how are you feeling?
BS: I’m feeling fine. I know I have Alzheimer’s but I’m fighting it every day as best as I can.
DG: Many people with Alzheimer’s don’t know they have it – and so refuse to accept it. That can frustrate and anger them. We haven’t had that problem, which is a blessing.

KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: Why was it important for you to share your story and what message do you want the public to take away from your book?
DG: Three messages. One, that Alzheimer’s is affecting more people than most of us think. If you ask 100 people in a room do they have someone in their family or do they know someone with Alzheimer’s, virtually all the hands go up.
Second, that Alzheimer’s is a 21st Century civil rights issue because women, minorities and the poor are disproportionately affected. And third, we would never want to know that we could make a difference and instead stay silent.


KW: How should the government help?
DG: That, Kam, is at the very crux of our wanting to write the book. We dedicated the book to the US Congress because we know that they can make a difference. Congress built an interstate highway system, they put a man on the moon, through their funding they rebuilt Europe. Now it’s time to rebuild America, from the ground up and the brain down. The bottom line, as for so many problems, is money. The federal government spends billions on medical research to find cures and treatments for cancer, heart disease, and AIDS/HIV. It spends a fraction of that on Alzheimer’s. Is it a coincidence that so far, there isn’t a single drug that can change the course of the disease? It’s true that Alzheimer’s is incredibly complicated genetically. But I really think that if we make a commitment, as a country, to research our way to a cure, we’ll find it.

KW: Patricia goes on to say: There are caregivers who have to leave their jobs to take care of elderly relatives. Some have lost their homes and had to go on Welfare. How do you think the government should help these people, financially and otherwise, to take care of their loved ones?
DG: Medicaid and Medicare offer some very limited assistance. But the emphasis is on ‘limited.’ The government has to recognize the scope of this nationwide crisis. It really is a civil rights issue, especially when you realize that Alzheimer’s affects a higher incidence of African-Americans than it does white Americans. All the economic gains of the last half century for African-Americans are at risk.

KW: Patricia also has a question just for B. What advice do you have for aspiring, minority models?
BS: That it’s very important to do the homework, that is, to take care of your face, your body, and to have a positive attitude through regular exercise and a good diet. To be a model, you have to be authentic and know who you are, and most important, know how to find the light, and let the light within you show through.
Unfortunately, it’s still very hard to be a black model – just as it’s hard for black Hollywood actors to become commercially successful – and earn Oscar nominations. 
 
KW: Marilyn Marshall asks: What is the number one thing you would like African-Americans to know about Alzheimer's?
DG: That Alzhiemer’s is an 800-pound gorilla in the room, and you have to talk about it. You can’t pray it away. Also, Black Lives Matter, and one of the ways to demonstrate that is through participating in drug trials, so that the right medicines can be given to African-Americans, based on their genetics. That will save precious time by making available a pool of potential miracle drugs. It will save money, too. The longer we go without effective treatment, the more expensive a new drug will be.

KW: Filmmaker/Author/Professor Hisani DuBose says: My mom is in a nursing home with dementia, so my heart goes out to you both. Dan, I would like to know what you do to comfort and encourage B. when she's afraid and/or frustrated?
DG: Sometimes, quite honestly, you can’t. It’s like riding in an airplane and encountering turbulence. You have to tighten your seat belts and trust the pilot to find clearer skies. At other times, it’s how you say things, and even your body language. Your loved one can sense your responses, and if you respond negatively it can prolong their sense of anxiety and even depression. So you have to do your best to remain upbeat, not only in what you say but in how you say it. And a hug or the touch of a hand makes a big difference.

KW: Hisani has a question for B., too. Now that you understand what's happening, what helps you to accept and function with it?
BS: That I’ve always been a positive person, that I know in my heart, if I just work hard and keep a good attitude, I’ll make the best of it.

KW: Babz Rawls Ivy asks: What supports are in place for you, Dan, as the primary caregiver?
DG: For far too long I tried to do it all by myself, and one lesson I’ve learned is that no one can do it by himself. So, we now have a regular caregiver who comes in. I’m also fortunate that our daughter Dana has been a huge help, to relieve me at times when I just need to decompress. And there are resources out there: local resources, state and federal resources, too. We also have a terrific doctor, Howard Fillit, here in New York. He’s an expert in Alzheimer’s, but just as important, if not more so, he’s a gerontologist. He takes me through the various steps I’m dealing with, so that I know what to expect and what’s part of the journey. Gerontologists are few and far between, unfortunately. It’s not one of the better-paying specialties, and it takes a somewhat unusual doctor to dedicate himself to that field and those patients. We could use a whole lot more gerontologists to help families with home care for Alzheimer’s.

KW: Babz has a follow-up: What has been the most unexpected aspect of battling Alzheimer's?
DG: The fact that people don’t really understand it – how thoroughly it transforms the family member who gets Alzheimer’s. People assume that because B. looks the same as she did, she must be able to process information at the same rate and pace as they can. To be honest, I felt that way, too, for the first two years of her illness. The other thing is that you find out who your friends are, because people will pull away when they have to deal with something they don’t want to talk about – something they’re scared of.

KW: Cousin Leon Marquis has a couple of questions. First, what type of toll has Alzheimer's taken on your relationship?
BS: He’s still the man I married, and I love him. I think I love him a lot more than I did.
DG: I’d be lying, if I said that there are not tough stretches. But we deal with what we have, not what we had. If you love someone, you appreciate what you have, understanding that in the normal course of life, things do change. But that doesn’t stop you from still caring for the person, loving the person, and wanting to protect their sense of well-being and dignity.

KW: Secondly, Hillary Clinton recently said that when she becomes President she would invest much more in Alzheimer's research. How much of a role do you think funding will play in finding a cure?
DG: Funding is essential – exponentially more funding. But it’s also a matter of coordinating efforts on a national level. We need a Manhattan Project type of effort. The calamity is growing every day. People are living longer, and to have a whole coming generation live with Alzheimer’s into their nineties is unfathomable. From what I’ve heard, Hillary Clinton understands this is a national crisis in the making. It should be a part of every other candidate’s platform, too, though I haven’t gotten any indications, as yet, that it is. 
 
KW: AALBC.com founder Troy Johnson asks: What was the last book you read?
DG: We live in a town – Sag Harbor – where a lot of our neighbors are writers. One of them is Robbie Voorhaus, who wrote a book last year titled “One More, One Less.” It’s about making the most of what you have to work with, and letting the rest go. 
 

KW: What is your favorite dish to cook?
DG: Believe it or not, we eat a lot of beans and greens. It’s easy for me to prepare, and B. loves them. You don’t have to worry about fat and meat and, at the same time, you get protein and lots of vitamins. We use a range of spices and try not to use salt. We might have the beans with a mix of kale, collards and mustard greens. Another favorite for us is baked organic chicken, sometimes with roasted sweet potatoes and beets and salads.

KW: Ling-Ju Yen asks: What is your earliest childhood memory?
BS: My grandmother Hart was a great cook. We had a good-sized house, with a front and back garden, in our Pennsylvania town. I can still remember Grandma Hart running after a chicken and wringing its neck, then cooking it up! That’s how it was in our world. As a little girl, I loved chicken feet. Most of our neighbors were Polish and Italian – white European immigrants. It was a mill town; my dad worked at the mill.

KW: Who loved you unconditionally during your formative years?
BS: I was a Daddy’s girl, one of four siblings and the only girl. My father was a wonderful guitarist; often he played jazz guitar in the kitchen as my mother cooked. I loved listening to him play, and I felt he was playing just for me.


KW: Was there a meaningful spiritual component to your childhood?
BS: My mother was a Baptist, and my father was a Jehovah’s Witness. I used to go with my dad on house visits, knocking on strangers’ doors to sell them copies of “The Watchtower.” I learned early on how to make a connection with a new person really fast – so he wouldn’t shut the door in my face!

KW: Sherry Gillam would like to know what is the most important life lesson you've learned?
BS: I think it’s about looking for the good in people; it always brings out the best in them – and me, too!

KW: What was your very first job?
BS: I was an au pair, a big sister to a girl who had no siblings. Her parents were caterers for Allegheny Airlines. That was my first exposure to food outside my family. I think I liked the idea of feeding other people, making them happy with good food. It got me started on the way to entertaining on a serious level.

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
BS: I don’t look at myself, as if I needed to know something from my reflection. I just appreciate that I’m here. 
 
KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
BS: I know the answer to that one: three more wishes!

KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure?
BS: Hot dogs and Haagen Dazs ice cream. After the bad night, that’s what we had.
DG: B. walked all over Manhattan one night, disoriented and alone. We had no idea where she was. It was a horrible, horrible night. The next afternoon, a friend finally spotted her and we – our daughter Dana and I – were reunited with her at last. When we finally got home to Sag Harbor, all we wanted to do was eat hot dogs and Haagen Dazs.

KW: Judyth Piazza asks: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?
DG: The ability to want to bring other people along, to know that you stood on someone’s shoulders, and you have the responsibility to do the same for the person after you.

KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
BS: Work your tail off – and enjoy everything you do. If you really do that, it’s hard not to realize your dreams.

KW: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered?
BS: As a caring person, I guess. Someone who really likes people, well, most of them, anyway. And as someone who always tried my best.

KW: Finally, what’s in your wallets?
BS: The two things that are always in my handbag are Chapstick and Estee Lauder’s "Beautiful" perfume.

KW: Thanks again for the time B. and Dan, and best of luck with the book and the battle with Alzheimer's.
BS: Thanks, Kam.
DG: Thanks so much for helping us get out the word.

To order a copy of Before I Forget, visit:  


Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Street God

Book Review by Kam Williams



The Street God
I Won without Telling
by Christian Hayward
The Street God Entertainment
Paperback, $29.99
268 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9964967-0-4

This is a story about a small boy who started out as an innocent child raised by his grandmother in one of Cleveland's worst neighborhoods (East 93rd). As you read the uncut, unedited comeback story, it will help you understand how easily environmental and life experiences can shape and mold a harmless, impoverished child into a violent outlaw without any regard for authority or mercy for a human being.”
-- Excerpted from the Bookjacket

Don't let Christian Hayward's given name deceive you. He's no altar boy. In fact, he freely admits that he's "robbed and done everything violent under the sun."

The Cleveland ex-con's saving grace is a brutal honesty about his checkered past combined with a wonderful way with words. The upshot is a warts-and-all autobiography oozing so much street cred that you never question its veracity for a second.
 
Quite the contrary. Instead, you tend to wince while reading and think "Too much information." For instance, he recounts the evening in his teens he picked up Ms. B. at a school dance and started to seduce her in his aunt's car only to change his mind because she stank up the car when she slipped off her panties. I'll spare you the graphic details. 
 
Later, he describes Poo, his first cellmate in Lorain Correctional, as "an older cat" with "light skin with big lips." Christian was 18 then, as was a fellow inmate Rick, "a stick-up kid from my side of town." 
 
The colorful memoir is written in a stream-of-consciousness style that sounds spoken and almost jumps off the page. The only problem is that there are virtually no role models or lessons of redeeming value in this rough world, whether the author's talking about life behind bars or back on the street.

Consider this riveting account of a confrontation in jail. "That night... one of Crusher's boys spit on the cell floor and I beat him like a woman and he was at least 6' tall. He went out like a coward. He even stopped fighting back. I didn't sleep the rest of the night nor the next morning."
After finishing this fascinating bio, I can certainly concur with Christian's conclusion that "My life was amazing, and I didn't know if it was because I did time." 

 
To order a copy of The Street God, visit: 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Fifty Shades of Black

Film Review by Kam Williams



Marlon Wayans Spoofs Romance Genre in Shocking Parody of Salacious S&M Adventure



Ever since Scary Movie (2000), Marlon Wayans has carved out quite a career for himself writing and starring in a string of silly spoofs that includes Scary Movie 2 (2001), Dance Flick (2009), A Haunted House (2013), and A Haunted House 2 (2014). The latest offering in his cottage industry of genre-bending parodies is Fifty Shades of Black, a jaw-dropping lampoon of the already outrageous Fifty Shades of Grey. 
 
Released just a year ago, Fifty Shades of Grey was based on the best-selling erotic novel by E.L. James. That explicit adventure chronicled the sadomasochistic sexploits shared by a handsome billionaire and an impressionable, young college student . 
 
This relatively-kinky variation on the theme remains fairly faithful to the source material's basic plotline, so it helps immeasurably if you've seen the original. The major difference, however, is that the two leads are African-American, and much of the humor revolves around graphic nudity and stale racial stereotypes. 
 
At the point of departure, we're introduced to Hannah (Kali Hawk), a Literature major at mythical Howell University. Since her promiscuous, foul-mouthed roommate, Kateesha (Jenny Zigrino), has a crippling case of Chlamydia, Hannah finds herself recruited as a stand-in to interview filthy-rich Christian Black (Wayans). 
 
She asks "How did you get your money and can I have some?" His answer: "Drug dealing, like most successful blacks." And "Is you gay?" is met with "You're only gay if you enjoy touching penises." 
 
After that dubious exchange, Christian tricks the naive virgin into unprotected intercourse despite the fact that she's ovulating. That disturbing date rape scene is a little hard to laugh at, especially in light of the recent Bill Cosby revelations. 
 
Furthermore, when Hannah ends up pregnant, she takes him home to meet her misogynistic step-father, Ron (Mike Epps). Instead of protecting his daughter's honor, he sides with Christian's refusal to marry her, saying "I like this N-word," before denigrating Hannah's mother as a slut.

In other skits, Christian waterboards Hannah (while shouting "Where's bin Laden?"}, delivers an insulting commencement address at Howell ("Thank God, I'm not you!") and tosses his poop-filled underwear in the face of a screaming fan during a gross homage to Magic Mike. Still, the movie's most tasteless moments arrive on those occasions when Christian gratuitously exposes his genitalia.

A descent into depravity far more shocking than funny that's morally-objectionable in part for all.



Fair (1 star)
Rated R for crude sexuality, graphic nudity, ethnic slurs, coarse humor, rape and pervasive profanity
Running time: 92 minutes
Distributor: Open Road Films


To see a trailer for Fifty Shades of Black, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZBPoakMk_o






Friday, January 29, 2016

Monster Hunt


Film Review by Kam Williams



Father and Warrior Protect Baby Monster in Medieval Martial Arts Mash-up


Directed by Raman Hui (Shrek the Third), Monster Hunt was released across Asia last summer where it became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. The version I watched was dubbed into English, which served to turn the martial arts/comedy mash-up into a decidedly campy affair.

The experience reminded me of the Japanese horror flicks from the Fifties where the corny dialogue invariably failed to fit the movement of the actors' mouths. This one even has its characters often speaking in inappropriately-modern idioms such as "You are such a loser!" Purists might be happy to know that the movie is also being made available with subtitles, though I suspect it's far funnier lip-synched.

Set during an ancient dynasty, the picture features an unapologetically exuberant mix of sentiment and slaps/tick that endeavors to tug at your heartstrings while simultaneously tickling your funny bone. The CGI-driven, costume fantasy unfolds in a mythical kingdom inhabited by both humans and monsters.

The plot thickens when the hamlet's male mayor, Tianyin (Jing Boran), is miraculously impregnated by a malevolent Monster Queen. Next thing you know, just about everybody around, human and monster alike, wants half-breed baby Wooba dead, much to the chagrin of the glowing, expecting daddy. 
 
Lucky for Tianyin, he forges a fast friendship with Hua Xiaolan (Bai Baihe), a female warrior blessed with a winning combination of maternal instincts and mad karate skills. She's determined to save the radish-shaped bundle of joy, so what ensues is an overstimulating kitchen sink adventure throwing everything up on the screen from cartoon physics fight scenes to Bollywood-style song-and-dance numbers.

Kid-friendly fare amusing enough to entertain adults, too, provided their brains are on pause!



Very Good (2.5 stars)
Unrated
Dubbed or in Mandarin with subtitles
Running time: 104 minutes
Distributor: Film Rise


To see a trailer for Monster Hunt, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR6JRIlf1jM

Top Ten DVD Releases for 2-2-16

This Week’s DVD Releases
by Kam Williams


Top Ten DVD List for February 2, 2016

Bridge of Spies

Breathe

Suffragette

The Beauty Inside

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [The Walt Disney Signature Collection]

Kansas City Confidential

Our Brand Is Crisis
The Sin Seer

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Truth

Honorable Mention

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

All Hallows' Eve 2

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie

Big Stone Gap

Home Invasion

Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season

Uncaged

A Place in Heaven


Hora 79

Shimmer and Shine

Martyrs

Zombie Fight Club

The Land before Time: Journey of the Brave

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our Brand Is Crisis

DVD Review by Kam Williams




Bullock Plays Dirty Tricks as Media Consultant in Political Campaign Dramedy


In 2002, Gonzalo "Goni" Sanchez de Lozada, a candidate for the presidency of Bolivia, found himself floundering in the polls with just a few months to go to election day. Since the desperate multimillionaire had been raised in the United States, he was well aware of how a political consulting firm was capable of influencing the outcome of an election. 
 
So, he retained the services of James Carville, who had successfully orchestrated Bill Clinton's presidential bid in 1992. And soon, the flamboyant spin doctor descended upon Bolivia with a team of seasoned, media-savvy strategists.

Still, repositioning Goni would be no mean feat, given the fact that he was an unpopular ex-president who'd already been exposed as a pro-American, pro-globalization puppet controlled by powerful corporate interests. Carville and company's only hope rested in employing smear tactics against the two favorites in the race, one, a socialist, the other, a centrist. 
 
Ultimately, the carpetbaggers did prevail, and that incredible feat was chronicled by Our Brand Is Crisis (2005), a dispiriting documentary illustrating just how easy it is for money to corrupt the democratic process with the help of operatives parachuted in from Madison Avenue. The picture also questioned the wisdom of fixing foreign elections in this fashion, since very bloody, civil unrest subsequently arose anyway in Bolivia, which forced Goni to flee the country for asylum in the U.S. a year into his administration. 
 
Directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), Our Brand Is Crisis 2.0 serves up a relatively-sanitized version of the aforementioned events. Names have been changed and characters have been conflated and added to make the Yankee intervention appear almost benign. 
 
Here, courtesy of revisionist history, the socialist (Louis Arcella) and capitalist (Joaquim de Almeida) candidates both rely on assistance from American PR firms led by Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock), respectively. The entertaining adventure pits a flirtatious and crafty mercenary versus an idealistic, ex-alcoholic in search of redemption in an escalating battle of wits marked by deception and dirty tricks. 
 
Instead of making a pure political thriller, director Green has opted to undercut the tension with moments of levity and sexual innuendo. The upshot is that the movie works very well as formulaic Hollywood fare, so long as you don't enter the theater anticipating an experience as sophisticated as the thought-provoking documentary which inspired it.

A lighthearted primer in how to mount a smear campaign and thereby manipulate a banana republic to vote against its own self-interest.


Very Good (3 stars)
Rated R for profanity and sexual references
In English and Spanish with subtitles
Running time: 107 minutes
Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group
Blu-ray Extra: Sandra Bullock: A Role Like No Other.



To see a trailer for Our Brand Is Crisis, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLZo_ILZhfk


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