Black Star News

Black Star News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Josh Ralske, Kam Williams
Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 The Incredible Hulk (2008) Kam Williams Can anybody smell the franchise that Marvel is cooking? EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2008
4/4 Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2006) Kam Williams Comedy with a social conscious. How refreshing. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2008
4/4 Cloverfield (2008) Kam Williams Reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project, this cleverly-conceived scream fest was shot entirely with a shaky hand-held camera being operated by one of the film's central characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2008
2/4 Dirty Laundry (2006) Kam Williams Even though homophobia may be more of a hurdle in the 'hood than Hollywood, this ensemble's supportive response to Sheldon's revealing his sexual preference proves to be a surprisingly sweet way to close out this well-meaning message movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
1.5/4 In the Valley of Elah (2007) Kam Williams Postwar is hell! EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2007
4/4 Descent (2007) Kam Williams Rosario Dawson exhibits a previously unseen range, here, more than meeting the challenge of the most emotionally-demanding role of her career. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2007
4/4 Banished (2006) Kam Williams They say The South has changed, but you wouldn't know it from this jaw-dropping shocker you have to see to be believe. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2007
3/4 Ocean's Thirteen (2007) Kam Williams Upping the ante in terms of intrigue while toning it down in terms of action, this downright comfortable diversion is a relatively-cerebral affair which offers an absorbing alternative to the summer blockbusters of the over-stimulating, special effects-dr EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2007
4/4 Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005) Kam Williams An empathetic portrait of a complicated figure, chronicling the mounting toll which his work in the gallows gradually took on his psyche and private life. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2007
4/4 Knocked Up (2007) Kam Williams A hilarious family values flick which manages to convince you that it's possible to transform a misogynist into a doting father on the guilt of an unplanned pregnancy. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2007
4/4 The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006) Kam Williams A disturbing bio-pic chronicling a mammoth miscarriage of justice which can only be explained as resulting from deep-seated racism. Despite its feelgood resolution, the film offers little in the way of reassurances that this will never happen again. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2007
4/4 Crazy Love (2007) Kam Williams A fascinating flick for anyone looking for a new reason to hate lawyers. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2007
3.5/4 Severance (2006) Kam Williams A comical cautionary tale which ought to trigger a little paranoia in the souls of any advocates of the Military-Industrial Complex. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2007
0/4 The Salon (2005) Kam Williams Bottoms-out with this bit of dialogue: 'If you're going to be a ho, be an ambitious ho. Work uptown.' What unfortunate timing, given the whole Don Imus controversy. Life's simply too short for slur-ploitation with such lamentably low standards. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
4/4 L'Iceberg (2005) Kam Williams A charming slapstick comedy which explores a variety of themes including love, loyalty, friendship and one's relationship with oneself before delivering at a heartwarming message that maybe there's no place like home after all. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2007
3/4 Hot Fuzz (2007) Kam Williams Dispassionate dispatching of humans as cinematic road kill. Bloody funny bloodletting, if that's your thing. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
4/4 U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha (2005) Kam Williams Set in locales ostensibly picked without concern for cinematic pretense, this crowd-pleaser conveys a sense of everyday life in South Africa while simultaneously serving up an endearing variation of a magical opera for the ages. Bravo! EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2007
3.5/4 Unconscious (2006) Kam Williams Everything you always wanted to know about sex, and then some. A bawdy, early Woody Allen-esque slapstick comedy! EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2007
4/4 Zathura (2005) Kam Williams A practically-perfect family flick which delivers a big lesson about the true meaning of brotherly love. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2007
4/4 Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Kam Williams Though not for the squeamish or fans of Fascism, this morbidly bewitching fantasy is an enchanting, escapist fairy tale, even if one designed strictly with adults in mind. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2007
4/4 We Are Marshall (2006) Kam Williams Bittersweet football flick less concerned with gridiron feats than with how members of a tight-knit community deal with their grief in the wake of a disaster. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2006
8/10 Biggie and Tupac (2002) Josh Ralske Broomfield has taken this intriguing and sad tale, and made a compelling film that should be of interest to nearly anyone, regardless of his or her interest in rap music. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2003