MacKay gives a compelling performance, but ‘Wolf’ is a difficult watch

“Wolf” (2021) – “A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man can truly tame a wolf.” – George R. R. Martin Jacob (George MacKay) has a problem.  His troubles are his family’s problem too, and his mom and dad turn over their hopes to a quasi-mental institution for help in writer/director Nathalie Biancheri’s disturbing drama, “Wolf”.  You see, Jacob – a physically fit 20-something – believes that he’s a wolf.  Now, his eyesight seems satisfactory, and he lives in a world with mirrors, so he…

12 days of not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies

Every December, our stockings are stuffed with festive Christmas movies, like “A Christmas Story” (1983), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “Scrooged” (1988), and other versions of “A Christmas Carol”.  Well, AHFW is looking back at movies that feature the seminal holiday too. The only difference is that our picks aren’t traditional Yuletide affairs. For most of these flicks, Christmas isn’t the central focus, or in some cases, Dec. 25 is barely mentioned.  Still, each picture is technically a Xmas film, so enjoy our walk through 12 not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies, and…

Movie of the Week: ‘Detroit’

“Detroit” (2017) – The definition of power:  possession of control, authority or influence over others; a controlling group. On July 23, 1967, a group of Detroit policemen raided a private gathering at the Economy Printing Company Building.  In a very public display, white police officers forced their way into the facility and grabbed, mishandled and arrested several black patrons, because party organizers served alcohol without a license.  With decades of racial tension already woven into the collective fabric of a frequently aggressive white police force and overcrowded black neighborhoods, the…