John DeFore

The Hollywood Reporter

Childish Gambino

'Guava Island' Is a Brief & Breezy Island Fable: Review

Donald Glover's Guava Island, shot in Cuba and co-starring Rihanna in a non-singing support role, manages to wrap salty-air good vibes around a parable of capitalism's fatal impact on artistry; it's the opposite of an origin story, but it smiles through its fatalism.
Miles Davis

'Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool': Sundance 2019 Film Review

In "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool," Sundance vet Stanley Nelson offers a documentary broader in chronological scope than his most visible films (like "Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" and the stirring "Freedom Riders"), celebrating a musician whose career was not just long but constantly transformational.
Miles Davis

'Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool': Sundance 2019 Film Review

In "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool," Sundance vet Stanley Nelson offers a documentary broader in chronological scope than his most visible films (like "Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" and the stirring "Freedom Riders"), celebrating a musician whose career was not just long but constantly transformational.
Blinded by the light

'Blinded by the Light': Sundance 2019 Film Review

A British teen born to Pakistani immigrants has his life changed by Bruce Springsteen in "Blinded By The Light," an '80s-set coming-of-age tale directed by Gurinda Chadha and inspired by the life of British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.
Blinded by the light

'Blinded by the Light': Sundance 2019 Film Review

A British teen born to Pakistani immigrants has his life changed by Bruce Springsteen in "Blinded By The Light," an '80s-set coming-of-age tale directed by Gurinda Chadha and inspired by the life of British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.
Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace': Film Review

"Amazing Grace" will not enter the pantheon of concert films — it's somewhat shapeless as a movie, and gives little sense of emotional insight into the performer. But it does contain moments of bliss: As astonishing as the sound of Franklin's singing in 1972 remains, watching her do it is even better.

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