KEEPING IT REEL

‘Harriet’

Stories don’t get much more real than that of the life of true American hero, Harriet Tubman. Told here in film  and starring Cynthia Erivo in the lead role, ‘Harriet’ reveals how Tubman escaped from slavery and then, in turn, helped others to escape. The missions were dangerous. She used the Underground Railroad system – a network of antislavery activists and safehouses – to liberate many slaves and went on to help them find work after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed.

It looks like a very powerful performance from Erivo, who made her presence known in films such as ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ and ‘Widows’. She has a strong stage background as well, winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Celie in the revival of ‘The Color Purple’.

Leslie Odom Jr. and Janelle Monáe also star in the film, along with Joe Alwyn and Jennifer Nettles. We have to admit, the trailer gave us goose bumps. You might want to take some tissues.

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Maybe it is because his industry peer, Sylvester Stallone, recently came out with the latest ‘Rambo’ iteration, that Arnold Schwarzenegger feels the need to ‘be back’ with yet another ‘Terminator’ film. Just like the evolved assassins that feature in every one of these movies, the ‘Terminator’ franchise simply will not die.

You would have thought that the poor showing in the US of ‘Terminator: Genisys’, released in 2015, would have been enough to put the whole thing to bed, but nope! Overseas box office talks and common sense walks, so here we are again.

In ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’, Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future. Linda Hamilton looks unflinchingly fierce at the age of 62.

She hasn’t been on screen in the ‘Terminator’ series since ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’, so maybe that’s a good sign. A big surprise is Edward Furlong’s re-emergence as John Connor. A bigger, more welcome surprise will be if this film wins back ‘Terminator’ fans.