CARAMEL

BEAUTY SHOP Beirut-style successfully combines site-specific dynamics with universal implications as 5 women of various ages search for fulfilment in a society that allows some modern options while precluding others. Writer/director/star Labaki is a gorgeous, charismatic national treasure. Click HERE for FF2 haiku.

CADILLAC RECORDS

CADILLAC RECORDS

Cadillac Records is a musical history of Chicago Blues starring Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess and Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters (with Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, Columbus Short as Little Walter, and a host of other wonderful actors in key supporting roles). Ironically, it didn’t get much buzz when it opened on December 5,…

THE BLACK BALLOON

Award-winning Australian family dramedy. Charlie (Ford)is autistic & everyone has always expected Thomas (Wakefield) to step up. But Thomas, now a teenager, is embarrassed by Charlie & lost in his own adolescent dreams. Collette & Allison-Young are both terrific as Mom & Dad, & Ward’s presence is a lovely addition. NOT YET SEEN BY RICH. …

BABY MAMA

Rich hated this RomCom about a successful businesswoman (Fey) who hires a surrogate (Poehler) when she’s unable to conceive, but Jan enjoyed the multidimensional world created for the Fey character, & thought the relationship between the two lead characters worked fine. Click HERE for FF2 haiku.