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Finding Hillywood

Peter Clothier | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

No, that's not a typo. It is "Hillywood." Which is a thriving creative movie-making center set in the hills of Rwanda--hills, as this inspiring docu...

Rio 2 - What Goes on in the Amazon Affects Us All

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 04.08.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Rio 2 is a wonderful animation with great comedy for the entire family. Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) are back in Rio 2 with their three children.

Best Marvel Flick Yet - Combines Comic-Book Nostalgia With Conspiracy and Adventure

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 04.08.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Whether you are a Marvel fan or not, you'll find the latest installment of Captain America to be a great political thriller with a compelling story line.

Reviewing Rio 2

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Previously, the lovable Blue Macaws were saved by two preservationists, and they made a home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now, the party continues in Brazil's Amazon jungle, and the trip there is more than worth the effort.

Most Moviegoers Still Depend On Reviews When Selecting Films

AP | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Social media has made inroads into shaping moviegoers' choices at the multiplex, but a new poll finds that an overwhelming majority ...

Cesar Chavez

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

Few movies can be billed as "important" or "historic" before they are even released. But this bio-film about the life and times of labor rights activist and organizer Cesar Chavez deserves those accolades. He is an iconic American hero who walked in sync with Gandhi.

UPDATE: Would You Choose to Be Straight? New Sci-Fi Film Explores (WATCH HERE)

Connor Hurley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Connor Hurley

In October of 2012, I wrote about the personal inspiration behind my award-winning short film The Naturalist (which you can read here). In my post, ...

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Michael Jones | Posted 03.17.2014 | Chicago
Michael Jones

When you see one of Mr. Anderson's movies you know you are seeing something unique, a work of imagination, a distillation of life's experiences re-imagined for the screen.

The 2014 Pan African Film Festival Gives Top Award to Of Good Report

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival ran from February 6th to the 17th -- 177 feature films, docs, shorts and web series screened daily at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. Locals and out-of-towners gathered to honor black films.

The New Black: A Review

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Ravi K. Perry

LGBT members of the African American community have long been citizens of this nation in name only. Despite the assurances of the words enshrined in our 14th amendment, and the 1964 civil rights act, LGBT African Americans have been without a voice for centuries.

"I Saw it at Sundance": 14 Films People Might be Talking About This Year

Hulu.com | Posted 04.02.2014 | Comedy
Hulu.com

We checked out this year's slate, but before we can smugly tell our friends, "Yeah, I saw that before anyone else -- at Sundance," we broke them down into categories and predicted the "buzzworthiness" that each would have this year.

That Awkward Moment

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

First-time director/writer Tom Gormican has one finger on the pulse of twentysomethings. Their swagger. Naïveté. Innocence. Ignorance. Arrogance. Testosterone overload. He cobbles together three young-turk characters who are feeling their oats on New York City streets.

Ride Along

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Kevin Hart is becoming the crown prince of comedy. These days, he's the little, impish comedian who serves up big, huge laughs. In fact, his comic chops are often one of the most redeeming qualities in the films he headlines.

The 5 Best Movies For Grownups In 2013

Posted 12.24.2013 | Fifty

With some of Hollywood's finest actors and actresses like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep belonging to the post-50 crowd, tinseltown can't help but ca...

Grudge Match

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This is a charming and disarming geezer sports movie. Somewhat formulaic, but a lot of fun regardless. In fact, you may get so caught up in the moment you'll celebrate your gray and throw your Grecian Formula away.

Best Films of 2013 -- Black Talent Thrives

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In a banner year for filmmaking, black films, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors thrived.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.26.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

There is so much more to Mandela's life story, and this revealing bio-film fleshes out those details while definitively establishing the psyche of a man who is best described as an earthly saint.

Review: Black Nativity

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The blend of pop, soul and gospel is absolutely enchanting and will make the film's soundtrack a holiday classic.

Blue Is The Warmest Color Except When Your Hands Are Cold

Mark Axelrod | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Axelrod

From my perspective, none of those scenes really contributed to the overall storyline of the piece which, in and of itself, could have been much more engaging. Less filler, more conflict.

The Best Man Holiday

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Running into old friends often brings up mixed feelings. Fond recollections. Unfinished business. Bad memories. Petty rivalries. Insecurities. Unrequited love. That's the range of emotions and dynamics in this follow-up film to the 1999 romantic comedy.

Teach: A Participant Media Documentary and Campaign

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Why did Max, and so many others, leave teaching for other careers? It was not from lack of passion, hard work or commitment, his dad can say, and I think he would agree. But when results are not forthcoming, then these virtues are hard to sustain.

Jewtopia the Movie Will Make You Say 'Oy!'

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I can probably sum up this movie in one Yiddish word: OY! It was horrible. I sort of feel bad saying that because I don't think this movie will get a single positive review. It was that awful.

Lee Daniels' Double Consciousness

Frank Roberts | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Roberts

Lee Daniels' The Butler is a moving, multidimensional, and sometimes magical film from an emergent filmmaker who is still wrestling with his inside/outside relationship to the Hollywood machine.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality, told from a black man's perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (aka the film industry) so long to do the right thing?

REVIEW: 'Now You See Me' - An Illusion Of Promise

Caroline Frost | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Frost

'Now You See Me' raises the following quandary. If you enjoy the first third of a film for its own merits - the deceptive camera-work, interesting characters and whip-smart dialogue - get a bit confused in the middle, and then spend the last third laughing at how preposterous the whole thing's got, is that enough reason for a trip to the cinema? You tell me.