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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 […]

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… “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 […]

A Black Man’s Review Of
“The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor.”

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR (PG-13)
Movie Biases:
Sorta sold.
Major Players:
Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, director Rob Cohen
Logline:
Retired spy/adventurer couple Rick & Evelyn O’Connell (Fraser & Maria Bello) are coaxed out of retirement to escort a precious artifact to Shanghai where it’s used to awaken the slumbering, immortality-chasing dynastic Emperor Han […]

A Black Man’s Review Of
“X-Files: I Want To Believe”

X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE (PG-13)
Movie Biases:
Why “X-Files” and why now?
Major Players:
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, co-writer/director Chris Carter.
Logline:
A psychic, disgraced priest (Billy Connolly) with visions of a missing FBI agent lures former agents Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson) out of self-imposed retirement to join the manhunt, one with supernatural implications […]

A Black Man’s Review Of
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (PG-13)
Movie Biases:
I think I fell asleep on the first one - I’m only here for y’all. Great buzz, though.
Major Players:
Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, writer/director Guillermo del Toro
Logline:
A bedtime story come true, evil Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) looks to resurrect the fabled “unstoppable tide” of the Golden […]

“Journey To The Center
Of The Earth”

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH IN 3D (PG)
Movie Biases:
Everything is better in 3D!
Major Players:
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Logline:
Science teacher Trevor Anderson (Fraser) goes off on a jaunt to Iceland with his nephew Sean (Hutcherson) seeking answers to what happened to his long lost brother (and Sean’s dad) as well […]

A Black Man’s Review Of WALL*E

WALL*E (G)
Biases:
I think I’m the only dude I know who really wants to see this. And I don’t care.
Players:
Voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, co-writer/director Andrew Stanton.
Logline:
In a vast, empty, junkyard of a 28th century Earth devoid of human life, WALL*E (Waste Allocation Load-Lifter * Earth Class; voiced by Burtt) goes […]

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