Category Archives: Hall Of Fame

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ showcases riveting performances by Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis

Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death will draw understandable attention to “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which represents his final role. Yet that focus shouldn’t overshadow the riveting performances that elevate this small-scale Netflix movie, adapted from the August Wilson play with its somewhat claustrophobic stage origins very much intact.


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‘Lego Star Wars Holiday Special’ takes a nostalgic tour of ‘Star Wars’ history

The 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special” has become the stuff of legend for how notoriously, epically bad it was, which provides some indication that “The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special” — with that title alone — knows precisely what it’s doing. The resulting animated hour delivers a clever romp through “Star Wars” history, smartly snapped together and wrapped in a bright, colorful bow.


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‘The Crown’ tackles the Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher years

The fourth season of “The Crown” is dominated by two women, and neither is the Queen. The stately Netflix drama rather pivots to the tragic tale of Princess Diana and the ascent of prime minister Margaret Thatcher, operating along those parallel tracks while as usual punctuating the narrative with signature events from British history.


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