The first ten minutes or so of Dreamgirls explode with energy: Set during a talent show in early '60s Detroit, it showcases one powerful African American performer after another, belting out strong, intense, and unapologetically Black music. A trio of teenage girls calling themselves The Dreamettes squeak onstage at the last minute and wind up bringing the house down. In… read more!
Movies Directed by Bill Condon (in alphabetical order)
Ian McKellen plays Roy Courtnay, a medium-time grifter living in London who places an ad in a senior citizen's dating site. Whether or not Roy has used this site before to scam old widows out of their money is not clarified, but can be inferred. This time, the woman who answers his ad – or whose ad he answers, it's… read more!
Alas, not a movie about yours truly – that would be called Kinesy – this is a well-meaning if occasionally corny biography of Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson), the influential Indiana State University professor whose post-World War II interviews with ordinary Americans about their sexual practices blew apart countless old-fashioned notions about sex in this country, and arguably opened the door… read more!
In the middle of Bill Condon's erratic career, which has veered from Dreamgirls to Kinsey to the last two Twilight movies to the Oscar bait misfire The Fifth Estate, the director reunites with Ian McKellen for a sort of bookend to his 1998 entry Gods and Monsters, the film that put both men on Hollywood's A-list. Like Gods and Monsters, Mr. Holmes is a low-budget… read more!