By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J.

“Sometimes Always Never” is a poignant story of joy amidst loss. The film will be available from Blue Fox Entertainment and the Music Box Theatre as a Virtual Cinema presentation, beginning Friday, June 12, 2020. “Sometimes Always Never” stars Alan (Bill Nighy) a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. However, he’s spent years searching for his missing son Michael, who stormed out over a game of Scrabble (a central theme in this film) and hasn’t been seen since. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair his relationship with his youngest son. Worst of all, he must solve the mystery of an online player who might just be Michael—and find the right words before it’s too late.

Sam Riley stars as Peter the other son, and he is brought together with Alan, after Alan gets word that a male body is at the coroner’s office. He needs to set out to see whether it is his missing son Michael. It’s an awkward ride for Peter and Alan, and things get even more awkward or quirky—to say the least—once Peter and Alan arrive in a town miles from where Alan resides.

In a twist, there’s another couple who is there to see if the deceased male is, in fact, their son. The conversation in measured but jovial as the four of them wait for the identification process to begin. This couple, Margaret, played by Jenny Agutter and Tim McInnerny, is shocked when they learn that both families have been called into the process at the same time.

I have enjoyed Nighy’s work for many years, and I have just become acquainted with Agutter’s since watching “Call the Midwife.” They both end up in a surprising situation in “Sometimes Always Never” that, while surprising, is the result of what happens with many couples going through a grievous circumstance.

Understanding the hurt that Nighy is feeling is easy; he is pained, he is missing his son, he is wondering where his son could have possibly gone. But he holds onto what holds him together and a joyous activity that they all shared together—Scrabble. He starts playing Scrabble online with someone who he believes is his missing son. How could it not be? The player is very well versed in valuable words that garner a great many points in the game.

Toward the end, he figures out just who is behind the screen challenging him in his favorite game. “Sometimes Always Never” is a sad but happy, quirky film in its dialogue. And to see Nighy command the screen in his scenes makes the sad theme all worth it.

Ella-Grace Gregoire stars as Rachel, a romantic interest of grandson Jack, who is played by Louis Healy, and Alice Lowe is Sue, Alan’s daughter in law.

“The sweet emotional payoff is an unexpected reward.” — Times (UK)

“In Nighy, the witty script leaps to life, in a tour-de-force of darkly downbeat comedic timing.” — Flicks

“A cherishable, rarefied mystery-comedy.” — Financial Times

The Virtual Cinema experience was created to assist temporarily closed independent theaters. By purchasing a “ticket,” you will be directly supporting Music Box Theatre, as all revenue is being shared between distributor and exhibitor just as if you bought your ticket at the theater’s box office.

Rentals are $12 and are good for two days from the time of purchase. Your purchase will go toward supporting Music Box Theatre during the theater’s temporary closure. For information on rentals, click here: (The Virtual Cinema Link will be available June 12.)

Take a look at the trailer: 

This article originally appeared in The Chicago Crusader.

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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