Friday, August 23, 2013

Movie Reviews: "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "20 Feet from Stardom"

I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted a movie review, but until I saw these last two movies, I hadn’t seen anything I wanted to recommend.

Lee Daniels' The Butler
Rated PG-13

With its all-star cast and outstanding acting, “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” is the best movie I’ve seen in quite a while.  It’s based on a true story of an African-American White House butler who served 8 presidents, and the movie shows social changes, mainly the civil rights movement, taking place during that time.  Although the critics (and I) thought the family conflicts were resolved too easily, it’s still a 4 star movie.

20 Feet from Stardom
Rated PG-13

What separates a backup singer from a superstar?  “20 Feet from Stardom” is a documentary that attempts to answer this question.  It includes interviews with backup singers Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Tata Vega and Lisa Fischer and with rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.  Though I didn’t recognize any of the ladies’ names, I definitely recognized their voices in many songs.  Seeing this movie is an excellent way to spend an afternoon or evening.

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