Bob Marley was a seminal figure in popular music in the post-Beatles era: not the first person to introduce reggae to the radio but the first reggae superstar – and one of the first superstars to emerge from the Third World.
So “Marley” is a welcome documentary, one that celebrates his spirit, his creativity, his genius and his influence. If it errs on the side of hagiography, well, at least it gives us glimpses of previously unseen (and unheard) Marley performances, and as much interview footage as filmmaker Kevin Macdonald could collect. (More…)
It says something about the state of romantic comedies today that the ideas in a movie like “Think Like a Man” – or in books like Steve Harvey’s “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” on which it’s based – will come as news to anyone.
Not that rom-coms accurately portray the state of male-female relationships, beyond a certain point. But then, neither do fairy tales – and there are still an awful lot of people hoping for a happily ever after. (More…)
“To the Arctic,” like the cable series “Frozen Planet” and other films of their type, provides a precious historical record. (More…)