Sunday, 18 December 2016

EDITOR'S PICKS: What to watch, read, and listen to this week

BOOK: Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve You Life of Abundance by Steve Harvey 
After topping the New York Time bestseller list with titles like Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and Straight Talk No Chaser, Harvey has returned to bookshelves with this part-autobiographical, part self help/motivational tome that not only shares his tried-and-proven strategies for getting ahead but also how he overcame some of the tallest hurdles and never-saw-that-coming moments in his life, including that ne'er-to-be-forgotten blooper during his hosting duties at the Miss Universe pageant. It's Steve Harvey as his devoted readers have come to know and respect: telling the truth and keeping it real. 

TRAILER: Jackie (2016) 
Natalie Portman (Black Swan) brings the requisite emotional heft and pitch-perfect vocal work to her big-screen portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in the awards season darling, Jackie, a film that prompts us to recall Helen Mirren in The Queen and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote. Judging by the compulsively watchable two-and-a-half-minute trailer and the critical hosannas that have greeted Portman's performance (she won Best Actress at the recent Critic's Choice Awards), she gives a compelling turn that could take her all the way to the Academy Awards stage next February, for the second time. 

SONG: "Everybody Wants to Be Somebody" by Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley 
In contemporary Jamaican music, few of his peers can craft a conscious reggae tune like Damian Marley, who wrote and recorded this thought-provoking gem for the soundtrack that accompanies the must-see I Am Bolt documentary, out now. Addressing ambition and humanity and the pursuit of happiness, Junior Gong and his mighty pen have given us another lyrical winner that calls for pause and reflection. [Audio]

FILM: Run the Tide (2016) 
With the Twilight franchise now a fleck in his rear-view mirror, Taylor Lautner now seems eager to sink his teeth into some meaty roles. He impresses us deeply in Run the Tide, a laudable domestic drama centred on two closely-knit brothers -- one aged 25, the other only eight -- and the tussle that eventually tears them apart. Lautner convincingly portrays Ray, the good-natured older sibling who is tasked with raising his precocious kid brother, Oliver. Things get topsy-turvy when their drug-addled mother is released from prison and makes it her mission to finally "do right" by Oliver, in spite of Ray's stern objections. Making some potent statements about family and finding oneself, Run the Tide is a well-made and strongly acted indie film.

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