Category: Sidney Poitier

Rewind, Review, and Re-Rate: ‘A Raisin in the Sun’: Dreams Deferred Aren’t Always Dead

PG | 2 h 8 min | Drama | 1961 Lorraine Hansberry begins her award-winning play with one word that describes the living room of a poor, mid-20th century black household: weariness. Weariness has won, Hansberry writes of her characters’ living room, because everything in it has been sat on, used, and scrubbed too often….

Popcorn and Inspiration: ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’: Stanley Kramer’s Metaphor for Family and Society

PG | 1h 48min | Drama, Comedy | 1967 Stanley Kramer’s “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” is all of 108 minutes, but packed with truth and insight that echoes beyond its genre, its generation, and its geography. Young Joanna or Joey (Katharine Houghton) tells her parents, Christina (Katharine Hepburn) and Matt (Spencer Tracy), of her…

Popcorn and Inspiration: ‘Lilies of the Field’: Practicing the Presence of God

NR | 1h 34 min | Drama, Comedy | 1963 Is a church or chapel just a building, or is it a place to practice the presence of God? Ralph Nelson’s film asks, and answers, that question. And how. Handyman Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier), driving through the Arizona desert, finds himself suckered into helping a clutch…

Popcorn and Inspiration: ‘In the Heat of the Night’: Norman Jewison’s Brave Film on Our Shared Humanity

PG-13 | 1h 53min | Drama, Mystery | 1967 Norman Jewison’s classic “In the Heat of the Night” is a towering tribute to how self-assessment is key to embracing our shared humanity. It’s based on Stirling Silliphant’s screenplay, which in turn is based on John Ball’s novel. A homicide detective from Philadelphia, Virgil Tibbs (Sidney…

Film Review: ‘Sidney’: A Fitting Homage to One of the Greatest Actors of All Time

 NR | 1h 52min | Documentary, Biography | 23 September 2022 (USA) There’s little doubt in the mind of anyone of a certain age that Sidney Poitier broke many barriers both on and off the screen. The recipient of countless performance, achievement, and humanitarian awards, a knighthood, and an ambassadorship, Poitier’s influence on the arts and global politics cannot be overstated….