‘Aftersun’: Don’t miss this trip

“Aftersun” (2022) – Summer vacations are (mostly) pleasing breaks from the daily grinds of school, work, and everyday life.  Years later, many of us tend to look back on those escapes with fond recollections of amusement park rides, snow cones, unfamiliar hotel lobbies, and ocean, lake, or swimming pool plunges.  Perhaps the best moments are when our parents let their guards down and allow their inner child-flags to fly.  Good times. On the other hand, these getaways aren’t all smiles, rainbows, and lollipops.  Conflict and mishaps can arise – out…

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’: The tributes are memorable but the movie is not

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (2022) – The King is dead. Chadwick Boseman tragically died from colon cancer on Aug. 28, 2020, and the world continues to mourn.  The man played Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on the big screen, but Chadwick’s most celebrated role is T’Challa, The Black Panther.  T’Challa was an Avenger, and he first burst onto the MCU scene in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016).  Boseman gladly reprised the charismatic character in his Oscar-nominated solo film “Black Panther” (2018) and the MCU’s colossal…

‘Raymond & Ray’: This modest, everyday tale is memorable for the wrong reason

“Raymond & Ray” (2022) – “A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” – Mary Karr, poet Ms. Karr is correct.  Every family – including mine – has its share of dysfunction.  It’s just a matter of degree.  Not even the British Royals can escape the reach of imperfect human nature.  In “Raymond & Ray”, director/writer Rodrigo Garcia explores a specific event of an ordinary clan in Middle America, but this particular domestic unit lugs – like a weight of 10,000 tons – more than…