A Tale of Two Sisters: A TIFF Capsule Review of ‘Wildfire’

When Kelly (Nika McGuigan), who's been missing from her quiet border town for a year, shows up on the doorstep of her sister Lauren (Nora-Jane Noone) one day, it makes for quite the shock. Now Lauren must come to terms with how her sister's reappearance has sparked memories of a major traumatic event in both their lives. Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Cathy Brady and set in Northern Ireland, Wildfire sheds light on familial troubles — in particular, the bond between siblings

A Funny Family Affair: A TIFF Capsule Review of ‘Shiva Baby’

Danielle is a 20-something-year-old student who is trying to get her life together. Feeling the pressure from her overbearing Jewish parents who want the best for her but who are also getting on her last nerves, Danielle can't imagine things being more chaotic. However, the different aspects of her personal life are about to collide in a way that she never thought possible. It all unfolds during a shiva, one that both Danielle (Rachel Sennott) and her parents (Polly Draper and Fred Melamed)

Innocence Lost: A TIFF Capsule Review of ‘Beans’

A timely and poignant passion project from writer-director Tracey Deer, Beans is the story of a 12-year-old Mohawk girl whose life is about to be turned upside down, set during the tense 1990 standoff between two Mohawk communities (the Kanehsatà:ke and the Kahnawá:ke) and the Québec provincial police, the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces. With every second of every moment, we see the toll the three-month standoff takes on Beans (newcomer Kiawentiio) and her family

Interview: Author Alaya Dawn Johnson Talks 'Trouble the Saints', Compelling Characters & More

Award-winning author, Alaya Dawn Johnson’s novel, Trouble the Saints is available now and definitely a book that should be added to your TBR lists right now. Set in 1940s New York City, the novel is a brilliant blend of historical elements, assassins and magic. I luckily had the chance to do an interview with Johnson all about Trouble the Saints, including where the idea came from, the creative process behind the book and the fundamental characters throughout the novel.

'Lovecraft Country' is a Gripping Genre-Bending Exposition on Racism and the Real Monsters We Face - Review

“I’m not scared because fear’s not gon’ save us right now.” Military veteran, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) finds himself back in Chicago to search for his missing father, Montrose (Michael K. Williams). With the help of his uncle, George (Courtney B. Vance) and old friend, Letitia (Jurnee Smollett), the trio embark on a road trip across Jim Crow America where the constant stream of racists aren’t the only monsters they encounter throughout their journey.

'Project Power' Puts a Thrilling Spin on the Notion of Superhuman Abilities - Review

A new drug has been unleashed on the streets of New Orleans, and it is not your ordinary drug. When a person takes this pill, they gain powers beyond their imagination, but there’s a catch–the capsule only works for five minutes at a time. In addition to the time restraint, a person doesn’t know what powers they will obtain, which can be a danger not only to themselves but to those around them.

'The Black Kids' Packs a Powerful, Timely Punch - Book Review

It’s 1992 and Ashley’s senior year of high school. With summer fast approaching in Los Angeles, Ashley and her friends are ready for a carefree summer before they are off to college and other adventures. But being the only Black person in the friend group makes Ashley the subject of many micro-aggressions that she typically lets slide. However, all of that changes on a fateful April afternoon when four LAPD officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King.

Interview: Jasmine Cephas Jones Talks Playing Dual Parts in 'Hamilton', Being Selective With Her Roles, Upcoming Projects & More

Jasmine Cephas Jones is a star! Whether performing on stage (on and off-Broadway), dropping her EP titled Blue Bird, or tackling important subject matter in films such as Blindspotting and Monsters and Men, Cephas Jones is a force to be reckoned with. Having recently starred in the hit musical, Hamilton (which has its in-home debut via Disney+), I had the pleasure of chatting with Cephas Jones about playing two roles in one show, the on-set dynamic, which roles she gravitates toward...

Interview: Gina Prince-Bythewood and KiKi Layne Talk 'The Old Guard', Epic Fight Scenes, Immortality & More

If you want a dose of baddass women-led action, that has important quiet moments, and stellar fight choreography, The Old Guard is most definitely the film for you! Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and starring KiKi Layne, The Old Guard is based on the graphic novel of the same name, written by Greg Rucka (who also wrote the screenplay) and illustrated by Leandro Fernandez. I had the pleasure of chatting with Prince-Bythewood and Layne about the film where they shared what it was was that drew...

‘Cinderella Is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron is a Unique and Exciting Retelling of the Fairy Tale - Book Review

It’s been 200 years since Cinderella made her appearance at that infamous ball. Having had the pleasure of finding her prince, the girls in Lille to attend an annual ball at the palace to find their suitors, just like Cinderella. However, this is not a choice for them. It is a mandatory obligation that none of them are able to escape from. While the men in the kingdom have the choice to attend the ball whenever they please (or never at all), the girls of the kingdom do not have this same luxury.

Gina Prince-Bythewood's Adaptation of Greg Rucka's Epic Comic 'The Old Guard' Is An Awesome Time - Review

The Old Guard follows the lives of a group of immortals who fight for what they believe is right. The mercenaries–who are centuries of years old–have their secret discovered while on a new mission. On the run from those who wish to exploit their secret for monetary gain, the quartet feels the “awakening” of another immortal. They have to find her quickly before the people who are after them become privy to the information that another immortal exists.

Superman Fights Against Racism in the Timely ‘Superman Smashes the Klan’ - Review

Superman has always been seen as a beacon of hope and justice. This is something that has made his character a staple for decades and in Superman Smashes the Klan, it’s no different. Set in 1946, the graphic novel follows the Lee family who have moved from Chinatown to Metropolis for Dr. Lee’s new job at the Metropolis Health Department. However, not everything in the bustling city is great for Dr. Lee and his family. While Tommy seems to make friends fast, his sister, Roberta, isn’t so lucky.

‘Hunted by the Sky’ is a Stunning YA Fantasy Set in Medieval-Inspired India - Book Review

In Hunted by the Sky, Gul has lived her life on the run for her entire life due to the star-shaped birthmark upon her arm and she isn’t the only one who is being hunted. Girls with the same birthmark have been taken or have disappeared for years throughout the kingdom of Ambar. Gul’s parents did all that they could in order to protect their daughter. However, after her parents are murdered for hiding her their entire lives, Gul vows to exact her revenge against the king.

‘Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed’ Is A Brilliant New Take on Diana’s Origin Story - Review

A growing warrior is trying to acclimate to the changes in her body. Finally 16-years-old, Diana, Princess of Themyscira would love nothing more than to be free of “The Changeling” title she’s acquired over the last few years. No one knows how to explain and with her body growing and her moods changing as quickly as the weather, the young princess wants to take the day to celebrate without her bodily changes being at the forefront.

'I May Destroy You' is a Powerful and Thought-Provoking Story of Survival - Review

In the new series created and written by Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), I May Destroy You takes viewers on Arabella a.k.a. Bella’s (Coel) journey after she is sexually assaulted in a night club. The series follows Arabella on her path to writing her second book. With her advance in hand, but the words not coming to her, Bella needs to regain her focus. In a quiet space, Bella tries to find her groove but it eventually lured out by her friends. While she declines at first, the temptation to go out

Interview: Video Editor Jordan Hayles Talks His Career, Being Black in The Media Industry & Hopes For The Future

If the name Jordan Hayles rings a bell, it’s likely that you’ve seen his work or perhaps you’ve seen him on Twitter (@MR_STiXX), especially recently. His tweets have a penchant for going viral (he was recently quote tweeted by Zendaya and now, naturally, I can’t tell him anything) and he has a new podcast that is three episodes in that you should definitely check out!

Tracee Ellis Ross Shines as Diva Extraordinaire Grace Davis in ‘The High Note’ - Review

In 'The High Note', Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross) is the star that everyone wants to be. With numerous hit songs and albums, and a plethora of Grammy awards to her name, the aging but still uber-famous, Grace needs to find new relevance in a fickle music industry. Something that is constantly being pointed out by her long-time manager, Jack Robertson (Ice Cube). With all of this stress, things become even worse for her already over-worked personal assistant, Maggie (Dakota Johnson).
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