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He may well inspire a dance that’s worth 40m YouTube hits, but that doesn’t mean Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em is an expert in race relations. At BET’s Hip-Hop Awards wrap event last week, the 18-year-old Atlanta rapper shocked the crowd by coming out in favour of slavery. (more…)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Genres: Drama and Sequel
Running Time: 2hr 16min.
Release Date: September 24th, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and thematic elements.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Frank Langella, Vanessa Ferlito
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Produced by: Celia D. Costas, Alessandro Camon, Alex Young
Synopsis: Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiance Jacob, and Jacob begins to see him as a father figure. But Jacob learns the hard way that Gekko — still a master manipulator and player — is after something very different from redemption.
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The Kids Are All Right
Running Time: 1hr 44min.
Release Date: July 9th, 2010
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use.
Distributors: Focus Features
Starring: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson
Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko
Produced by: Riva Marker, Christy Scott Cashman, J. Todd Harris
Synopsis: Two teenaged children conceived by artificial insemination get the notion to seek out their birth father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. Once the donor is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined.
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Lionsgate has released the trailer for the latest Tyler Perry film, called “For Colored” Girls,” which is an adaptation of the award-winning play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.” Check out the trailer below.
The play is a collection of 20 poems, dealing with love, abandonment, rape, abortion, and more, told by seven different women who are identified only by color. Perry’s version has given names to the women, and is described as a poetic exploration of what is to be of color and a female in this world.For Colored Girls” stars Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray and Thandie Newton. It is scheduled to hit theaters on November 5th.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Romance and Adaptation
Running Time: 1hr 52min.
Release Date: August 13th, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language, drug references
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Anna
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Produced by: Ronaldo Vasconcellos, J. Miles Dale, Jared LeBoff
Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass — and now is back in town — to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past — from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsome identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.
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Dinner for Schmucks (2010) by Ooh Papi
One coarse meal: Dinner for Schmucks serves up crude comedy — and a breakout role for Paul Rudd”
“The dinner turns into farce and finally descends into slapstick, but Carell sails through these choppy seas with a steadfast belief in human nature.When the silliness gets out of hand, it’s Carell and Rudd, having previously teamed in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Anchorman, who remember to anchor the laughs in reality.”
No schmucks were harmed in the making of Dinner for Schmucks. That’s the problem. The promising crudeness of the title, along with the combined talents of stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, suggests that at some point, surely, someone will rise to the occasion and behave with unrepentant obnoxiousness. But in a rare tonal misfire, director Jay Roach delivers a bland, summer-sloppy comedy that never risks actually swimming with schmucks and letting characters bruise themselves on outcroppings of mean fun. Instead, he has decided to sand away all the sharp edges. It has the unneccesary gay akwardness like most of hollywood films. What’s left is a nice, safe comedy of tolerance and repentance — a subpar Carell-and-Rudd odd-couple buddy movie. (more…)
Predators by Ooh Papi
A startlingly good comeback for a franchise nearly spoiled for good with the horrendous “Alien vs. Predator” films. So given that you already know this is a movie about humans hunted by Predators where, in all likelihood, the main characters will get picked off one by one, we might as well cut to the chase. Here’s what you really want to know if you’re reading this:
Continuity-wise, it acknowledges the events of the first Predator, but not the sequel, which took place in a then-future Los Angeles of 1997. Though the Alien vs. Predator movies aren’t specifically referred to, this film does retain the AVP-established rule that younger Predators hunt in threes.
It’s better than the AVP movies, but is not the scope-expanding equivalent of what Aliens was to Alien.
We learn a little more about Predator culture.
Yes, Adrien Brody worked out a lot in preparation. Either that or he’s wearing a giant Latex chest. (more…)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse BY Ooh Papi
I have kids so I had to see this.In face because I have kids is a big reason that I am not able to do more reviews.I have seen everything already but no time to review for you all like I used to.These movies are more about the experience of hearing girls and women who should know better holler at the screen. They could just as well be at a concert with Prince.
However the lines are dreamy corny but witty thou the actors get respect.Actors breathe life into characters, and the new director keeps things moving in the new installment of the vampire-werewolf saga.
Thanks to battles that are fairly well done (though the wolf effects still look cheap), a convincing love triangle and a playful self-awareness, the movie has bark as well as bite. (more…)
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller
Running Time: 2hr 28min.
Release Date: July 16th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Chris Brigham, Thomas Tull, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Jordan Goldberg, Thomas Hayslip
Synopsis: Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible — inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
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and I had not at the time really heard a single, so other than a respectable album I wasn’t fully sure what to expect from “How I Got Over”, The Roots 3rd album release on Def Jam. Like their musical consistency “How I Got Over” is a very blue collar effort, but unlike the album title they are not just getting over musically. (more…)
Movie Review: Splice by Bruce Banter
Okay let me first let you know there are spoilers in here.
I have some spoilers in here because many of you reading this have either seen the film already or won’t see it anyway. You are just curious as to what I will say about the film.
The film has scientific credibility issues if you passed college biology. Aside from that it is very predictable (at least it was for me) but don’t confuse that with boring.
In fact I think most of the theatre goers thought it was thought-provoking and disturbing at the same time thus for many it may qualify as the best horror science fiction film of the year.
As the film ended I heard somebody says “Splice is one of those rare creature features where the most menacing beings are the people.” (more…)
Thank Me Later is a hybrid rap and R&B album, as Drake seemingly spends equal time rapping and doing some Auto-tune influenced crooning if it can be called crooning. It’s also fitting because Drake is only made possible by the the efforts of people like Andre 3000 to create a niche that was blown wide open by artist like Kanye West. (more…)