The Wichitan

‘BlacKkKlansman’ a honest and terrifying look at civil rights


Brian Lang, Film Critic

February 26, 2019

In 1978 Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer in Colorado Springs history, convinced a member of the Ku Klux Klan that he was a white supremacist. “BlacKkKlansman,” a film that’s almost to wild to be true, recreates the fascinating and often terrifying ride of Officer Stallworth and his j...

‘The Favourite’ is an unforgettable treat

Emma Stone in The Favourite (2018)

Brian Lang, Film Critic

February 5, 2019

The war is on in France, but the duck races continue… at least in Queen Anne’s court, the setting for Yorgos Lanthimos’s newest absurdist masterpiece “The Favourite.” Set in the early 1700s, “The Favourite” revolves around the deeply unbalanced Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and two fiercely c...

‘Green Book’ a simplistic, but enjoyable ride

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book (2018)

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 30, 2019

During the Jim Crow era, African-American travelers in the South were unwelcome in many hotels, restaurants and even some towns after sunset. They were aided by a small, pamphlet called “The Green Book,” which published places where they could find friendly places to rest and eat. Director Peter Far...

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ speaks in the silences

Stephan James and KiKi Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 23, 2019

In a competitive year at the Academy Awards, several movies seem to be a shoo-in for nominations. Barry Jenkins’s newest film “If Beale Street Could Talk” is sure to win some awards this spring. Jenkins, known for his award-winning film “Moonlight” (the same “Moonlight” that was at the center ...

‘Vice’: a case study of corruption

Image from Vice

Brian Lang, Film Critic

January 17, 2019

Audiences have always been drawn to stories of corrupt rulers. From Shakespeare’s classic power struggle in "Macbeth" to Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” there is great entertainment in watching corruption at work. Perhaps no story of corruption and scheming is more compelling than that of fo...

‘Beautiful Boy’ an authentic story of addiction

Nic and Dave Scheff

Brian Lang, Film Critic

November 13, 2018

Sometimes you can do everything right as a parent but still feel like a failure. That’s how David Scheff feels when is bright son Nic admits that he has a major problem with drug abuse. Director Felix Van Groeningen takes on the struggles of addiction and recovery in his new film“Beautiful Bo...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ succeeds despite flaws

Queen Performing

Brian Lang, Film Critic

November 6, 2018

Boom-Boom-Clap, Boom-Boom-Clap! Queen’s iconic “We Will Rock You” is known by both the young and old with its catchy melody sung by the captivating voice of Freddie Mercury. Bryan Singer’s new film “Bohemian Rhapsody” starring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)  tells the story of Mercury, Queen, a...

‘First Man’ shoots for the moon and inspires

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 24, 2018

Everyone knows the story of the moon landing, and those old enough to remember it can tell you exactly where they were when they saw Neil Armstrong make those historic first steps onto the moon. Renowned filmmaker Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) takes on the inspiring story of Apollo 11 and t...

‘A Star is Born’ shines bright with two charismatic stars

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018). Courtesy of IMDB

Brian Lang, Film Critic

October 10, 2018

Nothing is more fascinating than watching a new a star on the rise. Tabloids, gossip columns, and award shows clamor for new details of a nascent celebrity. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, “A Star is Born” illuminates audiences about the beginning and end of stardom, pulling no punches as it ch...

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