BGN Film Review: ‘Back Roads’

  It’s been a few years since I’ve read Tawni O’Dell’s debut novel Back Roads, a story about a teenage boy who has to run a household after tragic circumstances. While watching the film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club Selection, the story of abuse and family secrets reminded me...

BGN Film Review: ‘The American Meme’

By: Tejah Wilson Has the American Dream changed from freedom, family, and happiness to the need for followers, likes, and building an image? Or has social media simply changed the path to that dream? The Netflix social media documentary The American Meme, now on Netflix, explores the blurred lines between social media personas and real...

BGN Film Review: ‘Roma’

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón honored his memories and his childhood in the captivating story Roma. A unique film for Netflix, Roma is a black and white foreign feature with subtitles and no known cast members. Cuarón created a love letter to his past in Roma, and did this without any narrative consideration — the...

Review: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Shifts From Horror To Sci-Fi Comedy

Just when we thought Teresa "Tree" Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) finally had things under control and is ready to press play on her new relationship with Carter (Israel Broussard) — the time loop of being killed by a baby-faced masked killer over and over again has come back to haunt her. This amiable second feature...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Suicide by Sunlight’

  It’s not easy being a vampire, especially if you’re Black, a woman, and a parent. It’s even more difficult when your human baby daddy won’t let you see your kids. Suicide by Sunlight is a film about Valentina, a Black vampire who is a daywalker. Daywalkers can walk on sunshine and not turn into...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Late Night’

  In the world of late-night television, dominated and ruled by white guys, the new comedy Late Night — written by Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) and directed by Nisha Ganatra (Transparent) tells the honest truth about where women of color fit as comedy writers in prime time television. Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a seasoned veteran on the...

Review: ‘Second Act’ Is All About Second Chances

The friendship between Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini has spawned for over a decade. It’s surprising that the two actors have never appeared together on camera before. Remini has built a successful career in TV over the years with shows like The King of Queens and her reality docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath. And...

BGN Film Review: ‘Love Jacked’

By: Tejah Wilson Love Jacked is a new romantic comedy about Maya (Amber Stevens-West), an ambitious artist facing a creative block. She takes a spontaneous trip to Africa in hopes of finding inspiration for her art. Unexpectedly, she comes back home after her month-long trip with a fiance. Her father is not happy when...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire’

  In 1974, when he was just 20 years old, author of the Millennium Trilogy Stieg Larsson wanted to write his thesis about Nazis in Sweden and the growing threat of the fascist far-right. His professor told him that Nazis were a thing of the past and to pick another topic. Almost as if he...

Review: Close Your Eyes and Prepare Yourself for ‘Bird Box’

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier — is notably known for crafting stories involving complex familial relationships, as depicted in her critically acclaimed Danish film In A Better World. The theme of family, conflict and broken bonds weaves its way through the narrative of the sci-fi thriller Bird Box adapted from the Josh Malerman dystopian...