Socially Conscious Movies: Articles


'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow Riots 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'

Detroit movie street riot scene: The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riots in “horribly real” and “deeply self-serving” 2017 release marketed as a “dramatic thriller.” Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' movie: Horribly real semidocumentary or self-serving Hollywood depiction of 1967 Detroit Rebellion? In the […]


Women's Suffrage Movie: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family at SFSFF?

Women's suffrage movie Mothers of Men: Dorothy Davenport becomes a judge and later State Governor in socially conscious thriller about U.S. women's voting rights. Are females too emotional to be objective? Women's suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Will women's right to vote lead to the destruction of The American Family? […]


'Money Monster' Review: Jodie Foster Message Movie Ruined by Plot Contrivances & Dishonesty

Money Monster with George Clooney and Jack O'Connell: TV celebrity and unwise investor/hostage-taker in Jodie Foster-directed socially conscious drama that is severely handicapped by a mix of pretentiousness and cowardice. 'Money Monster' review: Jodie Foster movie suffers from both qualitative and intellectual disconnect Sometimes there's a difference between what a […]


'Chi-Raq' Movie Review: Spike Lee vs. Chicago Urban Warfare

'Chi-Raq' movie with Teyonah Parris: Spike Lee has set 'Lysistrata' amidst Chicago's urban warfare. 'Chi-Raq' movie review: Spike Lee is back with Greek comedy set in war-torn 21st century Chicago The star of Spike Lee's Chi-Raq is an astounding young actress named Teyonah Parris (Dear White People); she plays Lysistrata […]


'Music of the Heart': Meryl Streep Showcase in Goreless Wes Craven Effort

Music of the Heart cast: Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Gloria Estefan, and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of filmmaker […]


'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem + Great Cast in Euthanasia Crowd-Pleaser

The Sea Inside: Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar collaborated on Right to Die drama. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a […]


'Teacher of the Year' Movie: Smart Comedy with a Message

'Teacher of the Year' movie features Keegan-Michael Key. 'Teacher of the Year' movie: Smart and funny socially conscious comedy Teacher of the Year manages to pull off one of the more difficult balancing acts in filmmaking: it actually is smart while still being funny. Teacher of the Year is smart […]


'Yesterday' Movie: Zululand AIDS Drama with Superb Central Performance

Yesterday movie: South African AIDS drama features Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 16 percent of the world's population and 70 percent of […]


'The Insider' Movie: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health

The Insider movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe in Michael Mann's corporate greed drama. 'The Insider' movie review: CBS News exposé barks but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: “It's old news. … We'll be ok,” says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the […]


'A Hatful of Rain': Script and Hammy Acting Spoil Drug Addiction Drama

A Hatful of Rain with Don Murray and Eva Marie Saint. 'A Hatful of Rain' movie script fails to find cinematic voice as most of the cast hams it up Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting “adult” subject […]


'Hold Back the Dawn': Olivia de Havilland Steals Spotlight in Refugee Drama

Hold Back the Dawn: Olivia de Havilland with co-stars Charles Boyer and Paulette Goddard. 'Hold Back the Dawn' 1941 movie: Olivia de Havilland steals show as small-town teacher in love Olivia de Havilland shines in Mitchell Leisen's melodrama Hold Back the Dawn, a sort of opening bracket for the director's […]


Pioneering Woman Director Lois Weber Movie Screening

Pioneering woman director Lois Weber movie 'Shoes,' with Mary MacLaren. Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' screening In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – a.k.a. the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, […]