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Amma Asante Introduces 'A United Kingdom'

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.06.2017 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Love across racial lines, especially when it involves British aristocracy, is a theme that's been close to director Amma Asante's heart.

3 Reasons I'm Gaga For The Film, 'La La Land'

Rosanna Savone | Posted 01.27.2017 | Entertainment
Rosanna Savone

US TEAM - ONE FOR YOU [SPOILER ALERT: It is not possible for me to discuss how much I enjoyed this film without discussing the ending. If you haven't...

xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.21.2017 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

It is written: Those who are looking for wall-to-wall giddy action scenes will come in throngs.

The Best Films 2016

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.16.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And th...

I Am Not Your Negro

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.16.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Just in case you need a reminder that racism is not dead, James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, has left behind ...

Jackie

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.02.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

It was two weeks of pure hell for First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. First there was November 22, 1963 to November 25, the time span between the a...

Lion

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.21.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Saroo Brierley, a five-year old boy from a small town in India, got lost on a train ride, wound up at the massive Howrah Junction railway station in C...

Arrival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.15.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Nearly 40 years ago Close Encounters of the Third Kind set the bar very high for sci-fi films that eschewed conventional all-out action sequences and garnered their strength from immense suspense, evocative visuals and mind-numbing mystery. Arrival is in that same elite category. Brainy. Intense. Scary. It joins a very exclusive club.

Almost Christmas

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.09.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Watching this humorous film is like getting a funny Christmas card that makes you laugh uncontrollably as it warms you heart. This ode to the joy and ...

Loving

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.28.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The writing, direction, performances and production elements are filled with a grace that leaves a lasting impression. It's as if the battle this unassuming couple waged must have been blessed from the start.

2016 New Orleans Film Festival - A Melting Pot of Quality Films

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.21.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The 2016 New Orleans Film Festival kicked off its 27th year by opening with the U.S. premiere of Rob Reiner's new film LBJ. That genius bit of program...

Moonlight

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.18.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

In just his second feature film, writer/director Barry Jenkins tells a compelling story about sexual repression and ambiguity through the eyes of a vulnerable and confused little boy, who grows up to question his sexual identity as a teen and then finds a thin measure of serenity as a young man.

Kevin Hart: What Now?

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.13.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Has success spoiled Kevin Hart? Forbes Magazine lists him as 2016's highest paid comedian with an annual income of $87.5 million, from June 1 2015, to June 1 2016. Unlike many of his cohorts (Jerry Seinfeld, etc.) Hart makes lots of his income from live performances in large stadiums where he can earn $1 million a pop.

The Birth of a Nation

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.05.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Finally a filmmaker unearths one of the biggest secrets in American history: slave revolts. It's a lesson rarely mentioned in history books, though it's common knowledge to anyone who has taken a black history course.

The 13th

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.05.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The New York Film Festival celebrates its 54th year by trying something new. For the first time in history, its Opening Night World Premiere will be a documentary. Even more noteworthy, this non-fiction film is by director Ava DuVernay (Selma) and it focuses on America's deep problem with its criminal justice/penal system and how it affects the black community.

The Magnificent Seven

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.23.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

In the original 1960s The Magnificent Seven, seven gunfighters assembled to help a Mexican peasant village fight off villains. That's the basic premis...

Black Films and Artists Triumph at 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.22.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

For 41 years the Toronto International Film Festival has attracted the world's best films and built a faithful audience. This year at the 2016 festival, 480,000 film lovers filled seats, screened movies and experienced the festivities.

Why 'Bad Moms' Is Just Plain Bad

Rosanna Savone | Posted 08.29.2016 | Entertainment
Rosanna Savone

I have to admit it pains me to write these words because I'm such a huge advocate for Hollywood producing more female-driven stories. But this movie is everything that is wrong about how they're going about it.

Southside With You

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.24.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Southside With You vividly recreates the budding romance of Barack and Michelle. It also puts on a screen, for everyone to see, a romantic courtship between educated African Americans, the kind that Hollywood rarely depicts.

Hands of Stone

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.22.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

"Every boxer is someone's hero." It's a saying that's been hard to attach to Roberto Durán. Most people assume that he is just an infamous Panamanian boxer who walked out on a match against Sugar Ray Leonard, uttering the words, "No Mas (no more)." There's more to him than that controversial moment. This very well acted, entertaining and informative bio film reveals all: Rough childhood, abandonment issues, international champion, infamy, resurgence and hometown hero.

Imperium: Shining a Light On Extremism

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 08.18.2016 | Media
K.J. Wetherholt

Once in an article about photojournalism surrounding the white pride movement and the work of photojournalist Anthony Karen, I began with the followin...

Hell Or High Water

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.15.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

As you sit in the theater you feel the dust from the prairies, smell the stench of the cattle and expect tumbleweed to roll down the aisles.

Suicide Squad

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.03.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Considering this film, the misguided Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't look so bad. And that glowing halo that Deadpool wears proudly shines brighter every time a pretender like Suicide Squad hits the theaters.

Jason Bourne

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.29.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

There's something missing in actor Matt Damon and director/writer Paul Greengrass' return to the Bourne action/spy/thriller franchise. It's hard to pu...

Miss Sharon Jones!

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.26.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown's. Jones' gyrations are as wild and ...