The Witness

Kitty Genovese was stabbed and murdered in New York in 1964. The New York Times had reported the crime and also included that  38 witness’s had stood by and done nothing. The impact of this murder turned into an urban legend, even going so far as been used as an example of crowd apathy in witnessing the crime but not acting. This act of apathy was used as an example for philosophical and university teachings regarding group behaviour.

In this documentary, Miss Genovese’s brother decides to face the facts and go on a journey to discover what did happen the night his sister was killed.

Directed by James D. Solomon, this is an independent film with a limited release in cinemas.



Me Before You

Adapted from the successful novel of the same title, Me Before You is the story of a romantic relationship between a young woman and a man battling depression. Will Traynor is struggling in life due to becoming recently paralyzed, he is need of a carer and meets Lou Clark. They form an unlikely friendship, as her spark and zest for life rub off on him.



The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2 is a follow-up to the successful film in this genre. Horror takes a British turn as the filmmakers venture to England to explore the well-publicised story of its time. Horror has indeed arrived at the home of a single mother struggling to raise four children in a home that is riddled with evil spirits.

Directed by James Wan, the story does explore the psychological side of horror. If you would like an in-depth film analysis with spoilers, Grace Randolph shares her thoughts on the film.



Free State of Jones

Based on a true story, this film explores not just the struggle for black people at the time, but also of those who were poor.

History vs Hollywood added this quote to their article;

“Yes. Fact-checking Free State of Jones confirmed that Private Jasper Collins (portrayed by Christopher Berry in the movie) put down his weapon and abandoned the Confederate Army after the passing of the “Twenty-Negro Law”, which stated that plantation owners who had more than twenty slaves were exempt from fighting. Like many others, Jasper believed that the poor were dying for the desires and greed of the rich, stating, “This law…makes it a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.” -Mississippi History Now”

This film is beautifully directed by Gary Ross and does indeed have that Academy Award quality about it, Ross has previously had four Academy Award nominations. The lighting and pace of some scenes are breathtaking, although the battles are graphic, giving this film an R rating.



Independence Day: Resurgence

Editor’s Pick; this is a must for filmgoers that want to experience that all out invasion by those dreaded aliens. The action in this Sci-Fi will not fail to deliver and the sound is a must for that cinematic experience.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, we see the return of Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman 20 years later, to again, save the earth from a dreaded invasion. Independence Day:Resurgence is on my film list, even though I haven’t told my wife yet.