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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The premise for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that neither species is perfect but maybe, though not probably, there is common ground. Endowing apes with human qualities, frailties and emotions is still an amazing spectacle 46 years after the original film.

Deliver Us From Evil

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

At first, you might think that this creepy crime movie is just another The Exorcist rip-off -- but it's better than that. Better.

The 2014 American Black Film Festival Premieres in New York City

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In 18 years, the American Black Film Festival has migrated from Acapulco, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, to Miami, Florida and now New York City.

Jersey Boys

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.19.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Four guys stand under a street lamp, singing their hearts out. That's the iconic vision of Doo-wop/pop groups like The Four Seasons. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys puts a name and face to that image.

22 Jump Street

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

In between gasping for air, as you laugh at the absurdity of it all, you might not care that the directors, writers, two leads and wacky supporting cast like to wallow in their own jokes.

Edge of Tomorrow

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Day after day. Over and over again. He can see his demise. But no on else can see theirs. Until....

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Comic book nerds may understand the gravity of the situation. A novice, who stumbles into a multiplex looking for that "fun" summer event movie, might not be so enamored.

A Review of 'Blue Ruin'

Michael Darer | Posted 06.30.2014 | College
Michael Darer

With beautiful cinematography, gut-wrenching and understated performances, and a sense of compassionate awareness for both its characters and its predecessors, Blue Ruin makes the case for the revenge film as human exploration more so than karma porn.

Movie Review: Manakamana

Matthew Harrison Tedford | Posted 06.28.2014 | Entertainment
Matthew Harrison Tedford

Manakamana is composed of several static shots spanning the length of a 400-foot magazine of 16mm film, which is incidentally about the length of the trip to the temple.

Finding Hillywood

Peter Clothier | Posted 06.19.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.17.2014 | 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.