Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

Half of a Yellow Sun is constructed around the proven formula of personal drama against the backdrop of political upheaval. The personal drama involves the many infidelities – and repercussions that follow – of a group of Nigerian bourgeoisie played by the likes of Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose and John Boyega. The…

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a lengthy hike indeed: the film stretches over nearly two-and-a-half hours, chronicling the life of Nelson Mandela from young revolutionary to iconic leader. A half hour in, I was dreading the next couple hours; the first thirty minutes thrusts its way through a checklist of Mandela’s early life –…