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A BLACK MAN’S REVIEW OF…
“THE FAMILY THAT PREY’S”

MOVIE BIASES:
Oh God (pun intended), here we go again…
MAJOR PLAYERS:
Alfre Woodard (Love and Basketball), Sanaa Lathan (Love and Basketball), Taraji P. Henson (Talk to Me), Rockmond Dunbar (TV’s “Prison Break”), Kathy Bates (Misery), Cole Hauser (Paparazzi), and actor/producer/writer/director Tyler Perry (Meet the Browns).
It’s like a semiannual tradition by now: Tyler Perry releases a film and […]

MY INTERVIEW WITH
TYLER PERRY

“Believe me, believe me, this woman exists,” said actor/director Tyler Perry. So, is he saying is that there are cold-hearted Black women who break the spirits of good Black men like Sanaa Lathan’s character, Andrea, in his new movie, “The Family That Preys?” And this certain kind of woman is lurking among orthodox Black women […]

A BLACK MAN’S REVIEW OF… “BANGKOK DANGEROUS”

BANGKOK DANGEROUS (R)
Biases: Smells fishy, but I’m still curious.
Players: Nicolas Cage, The Pang Brothers
Logline: Contract killer Joe (Cage) lives a solitary existence until he decides to take on one last job in Thailand, one that exposes him to acquiring a protege (Shahkrit Yamnarm) and a love interest (Charlie Yeung), thereby endangering his work.
“Bangkok: it’s corrupt, […]

A BLACK MAN’S REVIEW OF… “I.O.U.S.A”

I.O.U.S.A. (PG)
Movie Biases:
It’s not sexy, but it’s important.
Major Players
Co-writer/director Patrick Creadon.
“I will argue that the biggest threat to America isn’t someone hiding in a cave in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but our own fiscal irresponsibility.” David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, sort of like the nation’s accountant, leads a dishearteningly fascinating discussion of […]

A BLACK MAN’S REVIEW OF … “TRAITOR”

TRAITOR (PG-13)
Biases:
If it’s starring Don, it’s gotta be smart, brainy entertainment.
Major Players:
Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, writer/director Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Logline:
Former US Army Special Forces soldier, explosives expert, and devout Muslim Samir Horne (Cheadle) is either a Semtex-providing, terrorist-enabling traitor or the deepest cover operator the country has in the war on terror, having cozied up to a […]

A BLACK MAN’S REVIEW OF… “DEATH RACE”

DEATH RACE ®
Movie Biases:
Looks stupid-cheesy.
Major Players:
Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Joan Allen, writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson
Logline:
In a brutally stark future where private corporations run all prisons and televise gladiator-like contests for sport, framed wife-killer and ex-NASCAR driver Jensen Ames (Statham) is sucked into the popularly carnal Death Race with the lure of winning his freedom - […]

A BLACK MAN’S REVIEW OF… “THE ROCKER”

THE ROCKER (PG-13)
Movie Biases:
It’s Dwight! But I hate rock.
Major Players:
Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, director Peter Cattaneo.
Logline:
After being cut from his band “Vesuvius” so that they could sign a major label deal and blow up without him, Cleveland drummer Robert “Fish” Fishman (Wilson) winds up filling in for his teenage […]

THOUGHTS ON “THE LONG SHOTS”

“The Longshots” is a funny, feelgood movie about a shy middle school girl (Keke Palmer) who blossoms after her estranged uncle (Ice Cube) unlocks her hidden talent for playing football.
But the key scene in “The Longshots” takes place, not on the playing field, but in a church. An impassioned preacher […]

A Black Man’s Review of “Tropic Thunder”

TROPIC THUNDER (R)
Movie Biases:
Downey Jr. as a black man?!? Pre-sold!
Major Players:
Actor/director Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Tom Cruise.
Logline:
A squad of narcissistic actors (Stiller, Downey Jr., Black, Jay Baruchel, and Brandon T. Jackson) filming a Vietnam war movie is dropped into the middle of a Southeast Asian jungle to scare up some verisimilitude for […]

A Black Man’s Review Of
“Pineapple Express”

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (R)
Movie Biases:
Can Apatow reverse the curse?
Major Players:
Seth Rogen, James Franco, producer Judd Apatow, director David Gordon Green
Logline:
Stoned process server Dale (Rogen) and his dealer-cum-buddy Saul (Franco) are on the run - in “high” style - from a ruthless distributor (Gary Cole) and dirty cop (Rosie Perez) who want them […]

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