Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
A satire on the ups and downs of being a black actor in Hollywood, Hollywood Shuffle writer/producer/director Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats) stars as Bobby Taylor, a young black actor whose attempts to find work are dashed when told that he’s not “black enough” for the roles being offered. With jobs limited to stereotypes (gang-bangers, […]
In Sweet Lorraine, Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, Little Darlings, Rescue Me) plays a New Jersey housewife whose past in the clubs and streets of New York City rears its ugly head as her husband campaigns for office in their small town. Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan, Scarface), Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction) and Julianne Michelle (Apartment 1303) […]
The newest film by acclaimed director Sophie Fillières and the latest observation on modern relationships starring frequent collaborators Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) sets Pomme (Devos) and Pierre (Amalric) against each other, even though they are a long-term couple and are desperately trying to be with one another. Although […]
Moms Mabley, billed as “The Funniest Woman in The World,” and one of the most successful African-American comedians of all time, brings her biting humor to the big screen in a starring role as “Amazing Grace.” Mabley is Grace Teasdale Grimes, a Baltimore, Maryland, widow who discovers that the local mayoral election is a front […]
The movie Middle of Nowhere surprised me, because I had seen it around for a bit, but I had never watched it. I loved the premise of the movie, and I think I understand the title. This “soul-stirring drama” (The New York Times) follows Ruby, played by 2012 Gotham Independent Film Award winner for Breakthrough […]