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Movie: “Spider-Man: Home Coming”

 Studio:  Sony/Marvel (2 hrs. 13 min.)

Plot: With the help of his mentor Tony Stark, Peter Parker, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student while fighting crime as Spider-Man.
Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Batalon
Rating: PG-13
Bottom Line: ****
Read More Monday, August 7, 2017
Movie: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

  Studio: Disney (2 hr. 9 min)

Plot: Ghost sailors escape from the Devil's Triangle and are bent on killing Capt. Jack Sparrow.
Cast:  Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Orlando Bloom
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  *1/2
Read More Monday, July 3, 2017
Movie: “Saban’s Power Rangers”

Studio:  Lionsgate (2 hr. 4 min)

Plot:  Five teenagers become the ultimate superhero team to stop a powerful foe.
Cast:  Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  ****
 
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Movie: “Going in Style”

 

Morgan Freeman as Willie, Michael Caine as Joe Harding and Alan Arkin as Albert Garner

Studio:  Warner Bros. (1hr 36mins)

Plot:  Desperate to pay the bills, three pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Movie: “Logan”

 

Studio:  20th Century Fox (2 hr. 17 min.)
Plot:  Wolverine protects Professor X and a young girl, the last mutants on Earth.
Cast:  Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Quincy Fouse.
Rating:  R
Bottom Line:  ***
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
“Tracking Terrence: Six Favorite Flicks”

 

Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow

 

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Terrence Howard really needs no formal introduction. We all know him as the music mogul, Lucious Lyon, from the hugely successful Fox Network drama “Empire.” An actor with incredible versatility, he’s played several cops, a doctor, a politician and a pimp and has been in over 40 movies since making his scene-stealing big screen debut as Cowboy in the 1995 Hughes brother’s film “Dead Presidents.”  From the womanizing Quentin in Malcolm D. Lee’s indie film, “The Best Man,” a swim coach in “Pride,” to former South African leader Nelson Mandela in “Winnie Mandela,” the Chicago native has had quite a prolific career.  Samantha Ofole-Prince delves into Howard’s film archives to scoop out our six favorites.

Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
Movie: “Fifty Shades Darker”

  Studio: Universal Studios (2 hr.)

Plot:  A couple dives into a series of misadventures when they reignite their relationship.
Cast:  Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Ashleigh LaThrop
Rating:  R
Bottom Line: ***
 
Read More Friday, February 17, 2017
Movie: “Fences”

  Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in “Fences”.

Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
Movie: Passenger

 Studio:   Columbia Pictures  (116 min.)

Plot:  Two passengers on a 120-year journey to another planet are stuck in space when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early.
Cast:  Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:  **
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Movie: Equality, Love’s Biggest Obstacle Is Fought in ‘Loving’

Ruth Negga (left) stars as Mildred and Joel Edgerton (right) stars as Richard

Read More Sunday, January 1, 2017
Movie: Arrival


Forest Whitaker as Col. Weber

Studio:  21 Laps Entertainment (116 min.)  Plot:  An elite team are brought together to investigate a mysterious spacecraft which appears across the globe.

 

Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Movie: Kevin Hart: What Now?

 Studio: Universal Studios (1hr. 36 min.)

Plot:  Kevin Hart gives a historic stand-up performance at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.
Cast:  Kevin Hart, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Ed Helms, David Meunier, Richardson Jones
Rating:   R
Bottom Line:  ****
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
Movie: The Accountant

 Studio:  Warner Bros. (128 min.)

Plot:  A chartered accountant finds the Treasury Department on his tail after he picks up a new criminal client.
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Movies: Magnificent Seven

 Studio: Columbia Pictures. (2hr. 12 min.)

Plot:  A group of mercenaries are recruited to defend a town from a ruthless band of outlaws.
Read More Sunday, October 2, 2016
Movie: War Room

 Studio:  Warner Bros. (114 minutes)

Plot:  Two young men win a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.
Cast:  Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Pollak
Rating: R
Bottom Line:  ***1/2
Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
Movie: Jason Bourne

 

Studio:   Universal (2 hrs. 3 min.)

Plot:    The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.

Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
Movie: Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

  Studio:  Sony Pictures (1 hr. 45 min.)

Plot:  Four friends suit up to stop an evil scientist from letting ghosts run savage on the Big Apple.
Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
Movie: The Purge: Election Year

  Studio:  Universal Pictures (105 min.)

Plot:  A group of unlikely allies band together to protect a senator on Purge night.
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Movie: Central Intelligence

 Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures  (1 hr. 54 min.)

Plot:  A mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage after he reunites with a high school classmate.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  ***
 
Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Movie: Captain America: Civil War

 Studio:   Disney (2hrs. 26 min.)

Plot:   The Avengers are split on whether to let themselves become regulated by the world’s governments, or continue to operate independently.
Cast:     Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:   **1/2
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Studio:  Disney

Plot:  Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Cast:  Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Lindsay Duncan, Leo Bill, Alan Rickman
 
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Movie Review: “Huntsman”

 Studio:  Universal (2 hrs. 3 min.)

Plot:  As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:   **1/2
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Movie Review: “Barbershop: The Next Cut”

 Comedian Cedric the Entertainer reprises his role as Eddie, long-time barber and friend of Calvin (Ice Cube) and his dad.

Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Movie Review: “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice”

 Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures (2 hr. 31min.)

Plot: Batman takes on Superman while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.
Cast:  Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:    **
Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Movie Review: “Deadpool”

 

Studio:  20th Century Fox (1hr. 48 min.)
Plot:  A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers.
Cast:  Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Carano, Michael Benyaer
Rating:  R
Bottom Line:  ***
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
Movie Review: “Zootopia”

  Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios (1 hr. 48 min.)

Plot:  A fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:  ****
Read More Sunday, March 20, 2016
Movie Review: “Race”

  Studio:     Focus Features (2 hrs. 14 min.)

Plot:     Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.
Cast:     Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
Movie Review: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

 

Studio:  Sony (1hr. 40 min.)
Plot:  A retelling of Jane Austin’s classic novel – with zombie.
Cast:  Lily James, Sam Reilly, Lena Headey, Jack Huston, Matt Smit Charles Dance, Douglas Booth
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Movie Review: The 5th Wave

  Studio:  Sony (1hr. 52 min.)

Plot:     The world is devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has decimated Earth’s population.
Cast:     Chloe Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Movie Review: Ride Along 2

 

Studio:     Universal (1 hr. 44 min.)
Plot:    Further adventures of the Brother’s In-Laws.
Cast:     Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, Bruce McGill, Sherri Shepard, Carlos Gomez
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **
 
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

 

Studio:    The Weinstein Company (2hrs. 47min.)
Plot:     Bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard, but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Movie Review: Chi-Raq

  Studio:     Amazon Studios (127 Minutes)

Plot:     A group of women organize a campaign to tackle the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside.
Cast:     Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and John Cusack
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Movie Review: Steve Jobs

  Studio: Universal Pictures (2 hr. 2 min)

Plot:   Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Cast:   Michael Fassbender,  Seth Rogen,  Katherine Waterston,  Kate Winslet,  Sarah Snook,  Jeff Daniels
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Movie Review: The Martian

 

Studio:     20th Century Fox (2 hr. 14 min.)
Plot:     An astronaut presumed dead on Mars struggles to survive as he finds a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Cast:     Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig Donald Glover 
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Blackflix.com: Talking Peanuts - Charlie Brown Makes His Big Screen Debut

  By Samantha Ofole-Prince

 
In just a few months, Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang will make their big-screen debut like they’ve never been seen before -- in 3D animation.
 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
Movie: Man From U.N.C.L.E.

 This movie is based on the American television series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in the 1960’s.

Cast:     Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris

Rating:     PG-13

Bottom Line:     ***

 
Read More Sunday, September 27, 2015
Movie: Straight Outta Compton
 Eazy-E (Jasob Mitchell) and Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti)
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Movie: Fantastic Four


A re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team.

 
Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Movie: Amy

 Studio:   A24 Films (1 hr. 30 min.)

Plot:     A portrait on the life of Amy Winehouse, one of the biggest music icons in British history.
Cast:    Yasiin Bey, Tony Bennett, Juliette Ashby, Lauren Gilbert, Nick Shymansky
Rating:    R
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Movie: Insidious Chapter 3' Offers More Jolts and Jeers

 

Studio:     Focus (97 min.)
Plot:     A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family
Cast:     Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Sunday, July 12, 2015
Movie: San Andreas

 

Studio:     Warner Bros. Pictures (1 hr. 54 min.)

Plot:     In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.

 
Read More Sunday, June 14, 2015
Movie: Tomorrowland

 

 Studio:  Walt Disney Pictures (1 hr. 47 min.)

Plot:     Bound by a shared destiny, a former boy-genius and an optimistic teen embark on a dangerous mission to a futuristic city.

Cast:     George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Keegan-Michael Key, Kathryn Hahn

Rating:     PG

 
Read More Sunday, May 31, 2015
Movie: Home

Studio:   20th Century Fox (1 hr. 34 min.)

Plot:     Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.
Cast:   Voices of Jim Parsons, Rhianna, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Sunday, May 3, 2015
Movie: Get Hard

  Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures (1 hr. 40 min.)

Plot:  When a millionaire is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to his car detailer to help him prepare for the jail stint.
Cast: Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, T.I.  “Tip” Harris, Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson and Edwina Findley
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Sunday, April 5, 2015
Blackflix.com: Movie: Focus

 Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures (1 hr. 45 min.)

Plot:    A con man takes on an inexperienced apprentice.
Cast:   Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, March 22, 2015
Movie: Black or White

 Studio:     Relativity Media (2 hr. 1 min.)

Plot:      A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.
Read More Sunday, February 22, 2015
Movie: Selma

  Studio:     Paramount (2 hr. 7 min.)

Plot:     A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in 1965.
Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
Movie: Into The Woods

 

Studio:     Disney (2 hr. 5 min.)
Plot:     A modern twist on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife.
Cast:     Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Johnny Deep, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christine Baranski
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:  *
 
Read More Sunday, January 25, 2015
Movie: Top Five

  Studio:  Paramount (1 hr. 42 min.)

Plot:  A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.
Cast:     Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Tracy Morgan
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****
Read More Sunday, December 28, 2014
Channing Tatum: “Foxcatcher is the most painful movie I have ever done.”

 

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

We’ve seen him strip down to his undies in “Magic Mike,” protect the President in “White House Down” and play an undercover police officer at a college in “22 Jump Street.”

Read More Sunday, November 30, 2014
Movie: Dear White People

  Studio:   Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions (100 min.)

Plot:     The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college converge after controversy breaks out due to the ill-conceived annual Halloween party.
Read More Sunday, November 16, 2014
Movie: Fury

 

Studio:   Columbia Pictures (134 min.)
Plot:     A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called Fury and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
Cast:    Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Sunday, November 2, 2014
Movie: The Expendables 3

  Studio:     Lionsgate (2 hr. 6 min.)

Plot:     A group of fighters reunite to take down a notorious arms trader.
Cast:     Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas,  Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     *1/2
 
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
Movie Review: “Maleficent”

  Studio: Disney (1hr. 37 min.)

Plot: A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.
Cast:  Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Ellie Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton
Rating:  PG
Bottom Line:     **
 
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
Blackflix.com Movie Review: “Million Dollar Arm”

 
By J.R. Johnson

Studio:     Disney (2 hrs. 4 min.)

Plot:     A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.
Cast:     Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma, Bill Paxton
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
Blackflix.com Movie Review: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Studio:     Columbia Pictures (2 hrs. 22 min.)

Plot:     While attending a tour at Oscorp laboratories, high school student Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. He soon gained the spider’s powers and became a human spider – a Spider-Man.
Cast:     Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **
 
Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
Movie Review: “Labor Day”

 

Studio:  Paramount (1 hr. 51 min.)
Plot:  A depressed single mother and her son offer a wounded fearsome man a ride that changes their lives.
Cast:  Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Toby Maguire, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe
Rating:    PG-13
Bottom Line:    ***1/2
 
Read More Monday, February 24, 2014
Movie Review: Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad is a simple story of events surrounding the LAPD’s attempt to preserve the law in Los Angeles. 

Read More Sunday, January 27, 2013
Joyful Noise
Studio: Warner Bros. (117 mins)
Plot: Two strong minded women clash over their choir group's direction as they head into a national competition.
Cast: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton,  Keke Palmer, Jesse L. Martin, Dexter Darden, Courtney B. Vance
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line: ***1/2
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
An exhilarating musical with rousing gospel numbers, “Joyful Noise” is a likable drama with a touch of humor that’s fairly engaging even when no one is singing.
 
The story circles around two strong-minded women played by Dana Owens (aka Queen Latifah) and Dolly Parton, who are forced to cooperate when a budget cut threatens to shut down their small-town choir. Despite being at odds, both Vi Rose (Latifah) and G.G. (Parton) have one thing in common: they love the choir.
Read More Sunday, January 29, 2012
Celebrity Interviews: Chris “Ludacris” Bridges Rounds Off A Star-studded Cast In “New Year’s Eve"
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
He’s sold more than 12 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of singles “Stand Up,” and “Money Maker,” and has made a seamless transition from music to movies with features such as “Fast Five” and “Hustle & Flow.”
Read More Sunday, December 18, 2011
 Movie Reviews: J. Edgar 10-23

Studio:     Warner Bros. (2hrs:17mins)
Plot:     “J. Edgar” explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.
Cast:     Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Read More Sunday, December 4, 2011
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By Jay Bobbin
Tribune Media Services
 
STARTING THIS WEEK: "AFRICAN CATS": The "Disneynature" series of feature-length documentaries continues with this Samuel L. Jackson-narrated portrait of lions and cheetahs. The story it weaves considers the relationship between parent and child ... as evidenced by animals willing to make any and all sacrifices to ensure the safety of their young ones. A portion of the movie's first-week video sales goes to a preservation effort being staged in conjunction with the African Wildlife Foundation. DVD extras: two “making-of” documentaries. *** (G) (Also on Blu-ray)
 
Read More Sunday, October 16, 2011
Movie Review: Contagion
Studio:     Warner Bros. (1hr. 05 minutes)
Plot:     A global pandemic threatens mankind.
Cast:     Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Sanaa Lathan, Kate Winslet, Jude Law
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
The statistics are startling and the setting is equally frightening in this pandemic movie which travels, much like its virus, through several continents.
 
Read More Saturday, September 10, 2011
Blackflix.com: Celebrity Interviews: Comedian JB Smoove delivers the humor in Hall Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

JB Smoove is a living, breathing example of comedy.
 
The actor, writer and stand-up comedian best known for his hilarious role as Leon on “Curb Your Enthusiasm" has had recurring roles on the TV show "Everybody Hates Chris." 
Read More Saturday, March 19, 2011
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  "THE FIGHTER": Mark Wahlberg shepherded this superb drama through the production process for years, but ironically, he was the only major cast principal not to score an Oscar nomination for the true story of Boston boxer-against-the-odds Micky Ward. Those up for the honors included Christian Bale as Ward's fighter-turned-trainer half brother, Melissa Leo as their mother and Amy Adams as Ward's tough-in-her-own-right girlfriend. Director David O. Russell not only draws superb performances from all of them, he also generates an indelible sense of the tale's setting. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by Russell. **** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
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  "THE FIGHTER": Mark Wahlberg shepherded this superb drama through the production process for years, but ironically, he was the only major cast principal not to score an Oscar nomination for the true story of Boston boxer-against-the-odds Micky Ward. Those up for the honors included Christian Bale as Ward's fighter-turned-trainer half brother, Melissa Leo as their mother and Amy Adams as Ward's tough-in-her-own-right girlfriend. Director David O. Russell not only draws superb performances from all of them, he also generates an indelible sense of the tale's setting. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by Russell. **** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
Blackflix.com: “Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son”

Studio:     20th Century Fox

Plot:     FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his stepson Trent go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder.
Cast:     Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas, Portia Doubleday, Faizon Love.
Rating:      PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Thursday, February 24, 2011
Blackflix.com: “The Company Men”

Studio: The Weinstein Company (109 mins)

Plot:    The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company.
Cast:    Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Eamonn Walker
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
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By Jay Bobbin
Tribune Media Services
 
STARTING THIS WEEK: "WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN' ": Director and co-writer Davis Guggenheim's acclaimed documentary examines the current state of the U.S. public education system as mirrored by the experiences of five youngsters who have run into hurdles in the pursuit of advancing their learning. The film shows not just what is but what could be, a fact that prompted much conversation about the ideas posed by Guggenheim and his collaborators. John Legend is featured on the soundtrack. DVD extras: three "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott; deleted scenes; conversation with Guggenheim. **** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)
Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
Movie: The Green Hornet

 

 Studio:   Columbia (1hr. 48 min.)

Plot:     Based the short-lived 1960’s television show about a newspaper publisher turned masked vigilante.
Cast:     Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, Christopher Waltz
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
 
By Laurence Washington
 
Fans of the 1966 television show, “The Green Hornet,” will probably enjoy this 2011 outing, but they won’t get too excited about it.
Read More Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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STARTING THIS WEEK: "THE AMERICAN": The title is accurate in terms of this well-filmed vehicle for an unusually somber George Clooney, who really is the only American in the European-made story of a hit man who mulls getting out of the business and takes some downtime in Italy after a mission goes wrong. The locals make him feel welcome - particularly one woman (Violante Placido) he develops feelings for - but opening himself up to others increases the odds he won't survive much longer. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by director Anton Corbijn; deleted scenes. *** (R: AS, N, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

Read More Tuesday, January 4, 2011
News Spotlight: LANSING MOTORCYCLE SHOOT: Hello all future cast members!

Hello all future cast members!

 
The two days of the shooting are coming up on us quickly so as promised, here are some specifics of our shoot. Please read everything as it will include what to bring, parking information and call times. Also, please feel free to contact Tim Whalen | Senior Graphic Designer | MessageMakers 
whalen@messagemakers.com - 517.482.3333 with any questions that you might have.
Read More Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Movie Review: “Red”

Studio:   Summit Entertainment

Plot:     A team of retired secret agents embark on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies in government history.
Cast:     Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
 
 
By Laurence Washington
 
Die Hard Bruce Willis stars as an ex-CIA agent Frank Moses who has been tagged as “RED,” which refers to his alert level (“retired: extremely dangerous”) by the agency. The film, which attempts to answer the question, is older better, opens up with a black ops hit team invading Moses’ home at night. Although, there are about 10 members of the hit squad trying to kill him, they don’t stand a chance, because in Die Hard fashion, Moses eliminates them one-by-one.
Read More Sunday, November 7, 2010
Movie Review: “Piranha 3D” - 9-17

“Piranha”  shows its teeth.

Studio:     Dimension Films
Plot:     An earthquake tears open the bottom of a lake releasing millions of carnivorous piranhas.
Cast:     Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Steven R. McQueen, Elisabeth Shue
Rating:     R   Bottom Line:     ***

Read More Monday, September 20, 2010
Movie Review: “Salt”

Studio:     Columbia Pictures
Plot:   CIA officer Evelyn Salt sets out to clear her name after a Russian defector claims she’s a double agent.
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl, Andre Braugher
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****

Read More Sunday, August 15, 2010
Movie Review: Knight and Day - 9-12

 “Knight and Day”  features Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz

Read More Sunday, July 4, 2010
Movie Review: The Karate Kid

“The Karate Kid”  featuring Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith.

Studio:   Columbia

Plot:     A remake of a beloved 80’s classic about a teenage boy befriended by an old man who teaches him martial arts.
Cast:     Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Han Wenwen, Wang Zhenwei, Taraji P. Henson
Rating:  PG
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, June 20, 2010
Blackflix Movie Review: Who Do You Love? 9-7


Studio:   International Film Circuit
Plot:     The life story of legendary record producer Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, the label that helped popularize Blues music during the 1950s.
Cast:     Jon Abrahams, Alessandro Nivola,  Chi McBride, David Oyelowo
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2
 
Read More Monday, April 19, 2010
Movie Review: Repo Men - 9-6


Studio:     Universal

Plot:     In the near future, humans prolong their lives with artificial organs purchased on credit, but if you can't make your payments, the organs are reclaimed by repo men with extreme prejudice. Remy, one of the best organ repo men suffers a near-fatal injury and awakens to find himself fitted with as top-of-the-line heart replacement…as well as a hefty debt.
Cast:   Jude Law, Forrest Whitaker, Alice Braga, Live Schreiber,The RZA
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***

 

Read More Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Blackflix.com - Shutter Island - 9-4

Studio:   Paramount

Plot:     Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.
Cast:     Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Sir Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****
Read More Saturday, March 13, 2010
Freedom of Information Act - Your Right to Know

Journalists and citizens who file Freedom of Information Act requests often expect delay or denial, unfortunately, that can impact  your daily life. Oftentimes, the lack of information provided by governmental agencies limit the ability to investigate issues, protect individuals or open the doors of justice. istockphoto

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know


Did you know that you can ask for the documents below under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)?

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
America’s Top Model is Accepting Online Photos

 In recent years, modeling shows and modeling contest that attract hopefuls from all over the nation are the “reality television show rage”.  One of the most popular shows is Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model.  Tyra.com is holding an exclusive America’s Next Top Model search just for those young hopefuls.  Photo of Tyra Banks

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Blackflix.com - “Edge of Darkness” 9-3

“Edge of Darkness”

 
Studio:     Warner Bros. (1 hr. 56 min.)
Plot:   A homicide detective investigates the death of his activist daughter, and uncovers her secret life, a corporate cover-up and government
Cast:     Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic, Shawn Roberts
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Thursday, February 25, 2010
Blackflix.com - “The Tooth Fairy” 9-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio:     20th Century Fox (1 hr. 58 min.)

Plot:     A hard-charging hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids is sentenced to one week's hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand.
Cast:     Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ashley Judd, Stephen Merchant, Ryan Sheckler, Seth MacFarlane, Julie Andrews
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A Star Is Born’ Again With Beyonce & Russell Crowe in Remake of 1930s Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 If you’re looking for another big screen appearance from Beyonce  it looks like you’re about to get your wish. 

 
News reports say that the queen of pop looks to be teaming with Russell Crowe for a remake of the 1937 classic “A Star is Born.”
Read More Monday, February 15, 2010
Movies 9-1: “The Book of Eli”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio:     (1 hr. 58 min.)

Plot:  A lone hero must fight his way across the wasteland of post-apocalyptic America to protect a sacred book that holds the key to saving the future of humanity.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals
Rating:    R
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Thursday, January 28, 2010
Will and Denzel In New ‘Uptown Saturday Night?’


Magazine claims pair are interested in updating the Cosby/Poitier hit

Read More Sunday, January 17, 2010
Blackflix.com - Actor Columbus Short - 8-25

 

 

Columbus Short in the movie “Armored” with (right) Matt Dillion.

Read More Wednesday, December 30, 2009
As I See It - 8-25 - Anime: Tragedy Replaces Happy Ending in Fairy Tales

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time in a village full of ninjas there lived an orphan named Naruto. When he was born, the chief of the village sealed a powerful and malevolent spirit of a nine-tailed fox inside thee child’s belly.

Read More Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Blackflix.com - Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans 8-24

A corrupt New York City police detective with serious addictions seeks forgiveness while dealing with a heinous crime.

Read More Monday, December 21, 2009
Blackflix.com - Precious - 8-23

Precious

Studio:       Lionsgate (1 hr. 49 min.)
Plot:     An overweight, illiterate African-American teen in Harlem, whose about to give birth to her second child, is accepted into an alternative school where a teacher helps her find a new life.
Cast:     Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Gabourey Sidibe, Sherri Shepard, Lenny Kravitz
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****

Read More Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Blackflix.com - Skin - 8-22

Raving review for "Skin"

Read More Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Video View 8-19

This weeks newest realeases on dvd.

Read More Sunday, October 11, 2009
TYLER PERRY DETAILS HIS OWN CHILDHOOD ABUSE

Filmmaker goes all the way there in latest e-mail blast to promote 'Precious.'

 

 

 

Read More Sunday, October 11, 2009
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: I Can Do Bad All By Myself


Studio:   Lionsgate
Plot:     Three siblings realize they've picked the wrong house to rob when they come face-to-face with the quick-tempered matriarch Madea.
Cast:     Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Brian White, Mary J. Blige, Hope Olaide Wilson, Kwesi Boakye, Freddy Sigla
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***

Read More Sunday, September 27, 2009
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents:Inglourious Bastards

Studio:     Universal Pictures (2 hours 32 minutes)
Plot:     A group of Jewish American soldiers wage a brutal guerilla war against Nazis.
Cast:     Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Jacky Ido, Til Schweiger
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****

Read More Sunday, September 13, 2009
BlackflixMovieNews.com Presents: Fragments

 Fragments

Studio:PeaceArch Entertainment

Plot:  A group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a diner.

Cast:  Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Josh Hutcherson
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Read More Monday, August 31, 2009
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Studio: 20th Century Fox (1 hr. 27 min.)
Plot:   The Ice Age gang (Scrat, Sid, Manny, Ellie and Diego) discover a lost world of dinosaurs under the ice.
Cast:  Vocal talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:  **

Read More Thursday, August 13, 2009
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: Imagine That

Imagine That
Studio: Paramount (1 hr. 47 min.)
Plot: A financial executive (Eddie Murphy) can't stop his career from spiraling until he’s invited into his daughter's imaginary world of fairy princesses.
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker, James Patrick Stuart, Yara Shahidi
Rating: PG
Bottom Line:  **1/2

Read More Sunday, August 2, 2009
Blackflix.com Presents:The Taking of Pelham 123



Studio:    Columbia Pictures
Plot:   A mild-mannered subway dispatcher tries to save a train full of hostages.
Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Tuturro, Luis Guzman, James Gandolfini
Rating:    R
Bottom Line:    ****
 

Read More Monday, July 20, 2009
Blackflix.com Movies News presents: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Studio:  Paramount (2 hrs. 27 min.)
Plot:    Two years after saving the human race from the invading Decepticons, the Autobots battle the remaining Decepticons still hiding on Earth.
Cast:    Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:    *1/2

Read More Sunday, July 5, 2009
Blackflix.com Movies News presents: Network Summer Hits


There’s nothing more tedious during the summer months than being subjected to reruns of  “CSI,” “Law and Order,” NCIS etc… However, the television fairy has blessed us boob-tube junkies with a second season of quirky doctors and nurses and sci-fi adventures  just to mention a few new characters expected to get us through the hot summer months.

Read More Sunday, June 21, 2009
Video Veiw 8-10

Video Veiw 8-10

Read More Friday, June 5, 2009
Video View 8-9

 A reveiw on the newest movies on dvd.

Read More Monday, May 25, 2009
Blackflix Movie News Presents: American Violet

 

 

 

 American Violet

Studio:     Samuel Goldwyn Films
Plot:     A 24-year-old mother of four is forced to take on a corrupt district attorney when she's unjustly prosecuted.
Cast:     Nicole Beharie, Alfre Woodard, Charles Dutton, Xzibit, Will Patton, Tim Blake Nelson
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****

Read More Saturday, May 9, 2009
Video View 8-7

A Reveiw of New Movies on DVD.

Read More Sunday, April 26, 2009
Video View 8-6

Reveiws on the latest movies on video.

Read More Sunday, April 12, 2009
Video View 8-4

Featuring: "TWILIGHT"

Read More Sunday, March 29, 2009
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam in new Medea flick

Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam  in new Medea flick

Read More Saturday, March 14, 2009
Video View 8-3

Movies on DVD

Read More Sunday, March 1, 2009
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Notorious


Studio:    Fox Searchlight Pictures Plot:   The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.
Cast:  Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett,  Mohamed Dione, Derek Luke, Dennis L.A. White
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Friday, January 30, 2009
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Grand Opening Of Tyler Perry's New TV & Film Studio

BPRW)  History was made recently, when 39-year-old Tyler Perry became the first African-American ever to launch his own major TV and film studio. The sprawling complex, which includes more than 200,000 square feet of studio and office space and sits on 30 acres that once housed Delta Air Lines' finance, reservation and computer center. Perry will shoot his TBS sitcoms House of Payne and Meet the Browns along with other film projects at the studio, reports the Associated Press.

Read More Saturday, January 17, 2009
Blackflix Movie News Presents: The Day the Earth Stood Still

 

 


Studio:  20th Century Fox
Plot: An alien arrives on Earth to stop man from destroying the planet.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Kathy Bates
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     *

Read More Sunday, January 4, 2009
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Cadillac Records

The Wright Stuff: Jeffery Wright Stars as bluesman Muddy Waters

Read More Sunday, December 21, 2008
Video Nes:DVD Reviews

A reveiw of the movies on DVD this week.

Read More Sunday, December 7, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Madagascar 2

Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa
Studio:     Dreamworks Animation Plot:     A botched rescue attempt strands several animals in the middle of the African desert.
Cast:     Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sherri Shepherd, Bernie Mac, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Sunday, November 23, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: High School Musical 3

 

 

Studio:     Walt Disney Pictures
Plot:     Two seniors in high school struggle with the idea of being separated as college approaches.
Cast:     Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Olesya Rulin
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Sunday, November 9, 2008
'IRON MAN' FIRING SHOCKS TERRENCE HOWARD: Actor says he found out he was dropped from film when rest of the world did

 

 

 

Terrence Howard says he found out about Don Cheadle replacing him in the forthcoming "Iron Man" sequel the way everyone else did – by reading it in the trade magazines.

Read More Sunday, October 26, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: The Secret Lives of the Bees



Studio:   Fox Searchlight Pictures
Plot:    A moving tale of a girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother.
Cast:  Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Hudson, Tristan Wilds, Paul Bettany
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:    ****

Read More Sunday, October 26, 2008
Video View 7-19

Movies that come out this week!

Read More Sunday, October 12, 2008
Blackflix Movies: Rightous Kill

 

 

 

Studio:  Overture Films
Plot:  A pair of veteran New York City police detectives are on the trail of a vigilante serial killer.
Cast:   Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg
Rating:     R
Bottom Line: **

Read More Sunday, September 28, 2008
WILL SMITH EYES PHAROAH ROLE: Columbia drama set in ancient Egypt; penned by 'Braveheart' writer

 

 

 Will Smith has his sights set on the lead role in "The Last Pharoah," a Columbia drama to be penned by "Braveheart" writer Randall Wallace and produced by Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

Read More Sunday, September 14, 2008
The New Citizens Press Q & A: An interview with Ice Cube

 

Ice Cube is a Hip Hop icon, no doubt about it. Yet with more than ten albums under his belt - including new release “Raw Footage” - he has gained notoriety for doing more than just rapping. Cube made the transition from Hip Hop star to actor and film celebrity in 1991, first appearing as Darin “Doughboy” Baker in director John Singleton's urban neighborhood drama “Boyz N The Hood”. Ice Cube has since starred in twenty-three movies, his twenty-third being current release “The Longshots”.

Read More Monday, September 1, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Studio: Universal  Pictures
Plot: The mummy of an ancient Chinese Emperor cursed by a witch 2,000 years ago is brought back to life.
Cast:   Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     *1/2

Read More Sunday, August 17, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: The Dark Knight

 

The Dark Knight

Studio:     Warner Bros. (2 hrs. 35 mins.)
Plot:     The Caped Crusader returns, protecting Gotham City from the mad criminal mastermind, The Joker.
Cast:     Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:    ****

Read More Sunday, August 3, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Hancock

Studio:     Sony Pictures (90 min.)
Plot:     A misunderstood superhero turns to the help of a PR agent to improve his image.
Cast:    Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Monday, July 21, 2008
EDDIE MURPHY MAY GO BACK TO STANDUP: Actor flirts with retirement from films

 

Is Eddie Murphy getting tired of the Hollywood grind? While plugging his upcoming film "Meet Dave," due in theaters July 11, the actor told "Extra's" Tanika Ray that he may leave movies for good and return to his roots on stage.      

Read More Sunday, July 6, 2008
Blackflix.com Movie Reveiw: Wanted

 

 

 

Studio:   Universal Pictures
Plot: A mild-mannered office worker becomes a mystical assassin.
Cast:  James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Common, Terence Stamp
Rating:  R
Bottom Line: ***1/2

Read More Sunday, July 6, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Clockers


Studio: Universal (2 hr. 9. min.)
Plot:   Spike Lee's atmospheric murder mystery involving two brothers living in a Brooklyn housing project.
Cast: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer
Rating:    R
Bottom Line:   ****

Read More Sunday, June 22, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Studio:     Paramount
Plot:     Archaeologist "Indiana" Jones becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.
Cast:     Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Saturday, June 7, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: The Green Mile



Studio: Castle Rock/Warner
Plot:  Frank Darabont's big screen adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a gentle giant working miracles on death row --- and a mouse.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, James Cromwell, Bonnie Hunt.
Rating:     R
Bottom Line: ****

Read More Monday, May 26, 2008
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: Ironman


Studio:  Paramount

Plot:  Billionaire industrialist Tony Stark builds a high-tech suit of armor and leads a double-life as the superhero, Iron Man.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Allison McAtee, Stacy Stas
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:  ***

Read More Monday, May 12, 2008
Blackflix.com Movie Reveiw: Street Kings

Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Plot: A veteran cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife is implicated in the death his former partner.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews, Hugh Laurie, Naomi Harris, Common, Jay Mohr, The Game
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***1/2

Read More Sunday, April 27, 2008
Blackflix.com Movie Reveiw: Meet the Browns



Studio:     Lionsgate
Plot:     A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father she’s never met and meets her dad's raucous family.
Cast:   Angela Bassett, Rick Fox, Lance Gross, Sofía Vergara, Jenifer Lewis, Irma P. Hall
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:   **1/2

Read More Sunday, April 13, 2008
RICK FOX: MASTERING THE ART OF REINVENTION

From basketball superstar to emerging actor, Rick Fox keeps his eye on the prize and his ego in check to score big every time.

Read More Sunday, March 30, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Vantage Point

Studio:  Columbia Pictures
Plot:   Eight strangers with eight different points of view try to unlock the one truth behind an assassination attempt on the president of the United States.
Cast: DennisQuaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Edgar Ramirez, Zoe Saldana
Rating:    PG-13
Bottom Line:  *1/2

Read More Sunday, March 16, 2008
JAMIE FOXX AS MIKE TYSON? Boxer said he has spoken with Oscar winner to portray him

Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson is trying to bring his life story to the big screen and says he wants Jamie Foxx to step into the title role.

Read More Sunday, March 2, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Jumper



Studio:  20th Century Fox
Plot:     A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere.
Cast:     Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Diane Lane, Max Thieriot
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     *1/2

Read More Sunday, March 2, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Studio:  Universal Pictures
Plot: A successful talk show host leaves Los Angeles to reunite with his family in the Deep South.
Cast:    Martin Lawrence, Mo’Nique, Mike Epps, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Earl Jones, Margaret Avery, Cedric the Entertainer,  Nicole Ari Parker, Joy Bryant
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***1/2

Read More Sunday, February 17, 2008
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: How She Move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio: Paramount Pictures
Plot: A high school student is forced to leave her private school and return to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she re-kindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of step dancing.
Cast: Rutina Wesley, Dwain Murphy, Tre Armstrong,  Kevin Duhaney,  Keyshia Cole, DeRay Davis
Rating: PG-13
Bottom Line: **1\2

 

Read More Sunday, February 3, 2008
PLAY REVIEW: Bee” Funny: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee brought big laughs


You learn something new everyday. On Jan 8th while watching the presentation “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at The Wharton Center, I learned theater could be simultaneously entertaining and educational.

Read More Sunday, January 20, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: First Sunday

Studio:  Screen Gems
Plot: Two petty criminals hatch a scheme to rob their neighborhood church.
Cast: Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Katt Williams, Loretta Devine, Malinda Williams, Michael Beach, Chi McBride, Regina Hall
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:  **

Read More Sunday, January 20, 2008
Blackflix Movie News Presents: I Am Legend

 

 

 

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Plot:    A lone scientist struggles to survive after a deadly virus wrecks havoc in New York City.
Cast:     Will Smith, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Charlie Tahan, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***

Read More Sunday, January 6, 2008
ALICIA KEYS TO STAR IN LENA HORNE BIOPIC: with Oprah as producer; says they'll begin film next year

PageSix.com is reporting that Oprah Winfrey has taken control of the long-gestating Lena Horne biopic and has cast Alicia Keys in the title role.

Read More Sunday, December 23, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: The Perfect Holiday

Studio:  Yari Film Group
Plot:    A loving divorced mother of three falls for a talented but struggling songwriter.
Cast:   Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Charlie Murphy, Katt Williams, Faizon Love, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Rachel True and Jill Marie Jones
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Sunday, December 23, 2007
Video News 6-23

With every thing from pirates to flying dogs, here is whats coming out on DVD

Read More Sunday, December 9, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: This Cristmas

Studio: Screen Gems
Plot:  Gathering to celebrate Christmas together for the first time in four years, the Whitfield clan uses the opportunity to finally share their true feelings about one another.
Cast:  Loretta Devine, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer,  Regina King, Sharon Leal, Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Lauren London, Columbus Short and Laz Alonso
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:    **1/2

Read More Sunday, November 25, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: American Gangster

Studio:   Universal Pictures
Plot:   A detective tries to bring down the drug empire of a heroin kingpin smuggling drugs into the country in the coffins of soldiers returning from the Vietnam War.
Cast:  Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin, Cuba Gooding Jr., Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Ruby Dee, Clarence Williams III.
Rating:   R
Bottom Line:     ***

Read More Sunday, November 11, 2007
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: Why Did I Get Married?

Studio:     Lionsgate
Plot:     Four couples on vacation struggle with issues of commitment, betrayal and redemption.
Cast:  Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Tasha Smith, Jill Scott, Malik Yoba, Michael J. White and Sharon Leal
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:    ****

Read More Sunday, October 28, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: The Kingdom

Studio: Universal Pictures
Plot:     A group of FBI agents visit Saudi Arabia to investigate a deadly explosion which kills several American civilians and agents.
Cast:     Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Chris Cooper, Ashraf Barhom
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     *****

Read More Sunday, September 30, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Resurrecting the Champ

Studio: Yari Film Group
Plot:A former legendary heavyweight boxer regains notoriety when a local sports journalist uncovers his identity.
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Alan Alda, Kathryn Morris, Teri Hatcher
Rating: PG-13
Bottom Line: ****

Read More Sunday, September 16, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Illegal Tender

Studio:   Universal Pictures
Plot:    A Latino mother and son are forced to turn the tables on their assassins
Cast:    Wanda DeJesus, Rick Gonzalez, Dania Ramirez, Tego Calderon
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     *1/2

Read More Sunday, September 2, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: The Bourne Ultimatum

 

 

 

Studio:  Universal Pictures
Plot:    Matt Damon returns as the trained CIA assassin Jason Bourne in this third film based on Robert Ludlum's best-selling novels.
Cast:  Matt Damon,  Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****

Read More Sunday, August 19, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Talk To Me

Studio:     Focus Features
Plot:     The story of a controversial D.C. deejay who ignited the capitol's airwaves with his candor during the tumultuous mid-to-late '60s.
Cast:     Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, Martin Sheen,  Cedric The Entertainer.
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****

Read More Thursday, August 2, 2007
Review: "Wicked"

Oz Good As It Gets “Wicked” at The Wharton Center is fun for all

Read More Sunday, July 22, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Transformers


Studio:Paramount (2 hs. 13 mins.)
Plot:   The Earth is caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between two races of robots.
Cast:Shia BaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Bernie Mac, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***

Read More Sunday, July 22, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Pride

Studio:      Lionsgate Entertainment (1 hr., 44 min.)
Plot: A classic overcoming-the-odds sports story about an out-of-work teacher and former swimmer who starts coaching a young swim team out of a run-down youth center. Based on actual events.
Cast: Terrence Howard (also executive producer), Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise, Tom Arnold
Rating:   PG
Bottom Line:  ***

Read More Sunday, July 8, 2007
Blackflix Movie News: Silver Surfer

 

Studio:Twentieth Century Fox (90 mins.)
Plot: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing return to unravel the destructive mystery of the Silver Surfer.
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis)Laurence Fishburne, Andre Braugher and Kerry Washington
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:   ***

Read More Sunday, June 24, 2007
DVD Reveiw: Rain

Studio: Codeblack Entertainment & Universal Home Video
Plot:     Based on V.C. Andrews's novel, it centers on an aspiring musician whose life is turned upside down when she learns the truth about her heritage.
Cast:     Brooklyn Sudano, Khandi Alexander, Giancarlo Esposito, Faye Dunaway, Julius Washington, Jerrika Hinton
Rating:     Not Rated
Bottom Line:    **

Read More Sunday, June 10, 2007
Blackflix.com Movie Reveiw: Even Money

Studio:
     Yari Film Group
Plot:
     A gambling addiction threatens to destroy the lives of nine unconnected individuals.
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Danny DeVito, Ray Liotta, Jay Mohr, Kim Basinger, Nick Cannon, Kelsey Grammer
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:    ***

Read More Sunday, May 27, 2007
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Norbit and Reno “911”

Studio: DreamWorks SKG (1 hr. 42. mins.)
Plot:   A mild-mannered guy, who is engaged to a monstrous woman, meets the woman of his dreams and schemes to find a way to be with her.
Cast:  Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr, Eddie Griffin, Terry Crews
Rating:      PG-13
Bottom Line:   **

Reno “911”

Studio:     Comedy Central/Paramount Studio/20th Century Fox (1 hr., 24 minutes)
Plot:    The cast of Comedy Central’s "Reno 911!" hit the road for a police convention in Miami, where a bioterrorist attack leaves these less-than-polished cops in charge of the entire city.
Cast:   Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Kerry Kenney, Patton Oswalt. With guest appearances by Danny DeVito and The Rock
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **

Read More Sunday, May 27, 2007
Blackflix.com Movie Reveiw: Shooter

Studio:     Paramount Pictures
Plot:     An expert marksman is coaxed out of seclusion to help thwart a presidential assassination.
Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Ned Beatty, Elias Koteas
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:  **1/2

Read More Sunday, April 29, 2007
Blackflix.com Movie Reveiw: My Brother

Studio:  Codeblack Entertainment
Plot:     A story of two impoverished brothers and the adversities they face.
Cast:  Vanessa Williams, Nashawn Kearse, Christopher Scott, Tatum O'Neal, Rodney Henry, Fredro Starr
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     *1/2

Read More Sunday, April 15, 2007
Blackflix.com Movie Reveiw: I Think I Love My Wife

Studio:  Fox Searchlight
Plot:     A happily married man who fantasizes about being with other women finds his willpower tested after he's visited by the ex-mistress of an old friend.
Cast:     Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Gina Torres, Wendell Pierce, Edward Herrmann, Steve Buscemi
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:   ***

Read More Sunday, April 1, 2007
Exclusive Interview with TNCP: The Champ Cena Is Still Here


On Sunday April 1, World Wrestling Entertainment presents WrestleMania 23; live from Ford Field in Detroit, Mi. At the event WWE Champion John Cena will defend his championship against Shawn Michaels. A three-time champion and former body builder, Cena is experienced, in shape, and ready for what many wrestling analysts say will be his biggest challenge to date. The Champ is still here, but first he has to stand up to our interview questions.

Read More Sunday, April 1, 2007
Blood Diamond

Movie Summary
Studio: Warner Bros.
Plot: A fisherman and a mercenary join forces on a quest to recover a rare pink diamond in Sierra Leone.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Arnold Vosloo, Oscar Isaac
Rating: R
Bottom Line: ***

 

Read More Thursday, January 4, 2007
James Bond, Casino Royale

Movie Summary
Studio:
MGM

Plot:
Britain’s best known secret agent foils a terrorist network through a game of high stakes poker.

Cast:
Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Wright

Rating: 
PG-13 
                              Bottom Line: *** 1/2 Stars

 

 

Read More Thursday, December 21, 2006
Sanford and Son (Season 6) DVD

Nominated for six Golden Globes and seven Emmys, including Outstanding Series

Read More Monday, November 6, 2006
Gridiron Gang

Studio:    Columbia Pictures
Plot:     The real-life story of a probation officer who organizes a football team made up of troubled youths based at a juvenile detention center.
Cast:  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy, Kevin Dunn, Michael J. Pagan, Brandon Smith.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Sunday, October 1, 2006
Shadow Boxer

Studio: Freestyle Releasing (1hr. 30min.)
Plot: Two killers have a change of heart when they discover their victim is pregnant.
Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, Stephen Dorff
Rating: R
Bottom Line: ***

Read More Thursday, August 10, 2006
Superman Returns



Studio: Warner Bros. (2 hrs. 30 mins.)
Plot: After a long visit to the lost remains of the planet Krypton, the Man of Steel returns to Earth.
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Parker Posey
Rating: PG-13 
Bottom Line: ****

Read More Thursday, July 20, 2006
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift


Studio: Universal (1 hr. 44 mins.)
Plot: An American in Japan gets caught up in underground street racing and falls for a mobster's girlfriend.
Cast: Lucas Black, Shad 'Bow Wow' Gregory Moss, Nathalie Kelley, Sung Kang, Brian Tee
Rating: PG-13
Bottom Line: ***

Read More Saturday, July 8, 2006
A HOMECOMING FIT FOR A QUEEN

Latifah goes home to premiere ‘Last Holiday’; talks about Hollywood star and filming in New Orleans

Read More Friday, January 20, 2006
Movie Review 4-26

 Movies in production....

Read More Friday, January 20, 2006
Movie Review: Most Rented in 2005
 
   "Critics may get the first word on movies, but the final reviews ultimately come from the people,” begins a statement from movie rental chain Blockbuster.  
Read More Sunday, January 8, 2006
THE FILM STRIP: KING KONG

Studio:  Universal
Plot: A remake of the 1933 classic about a foolhardy documentary filmmaker, who travels to a remote island to film his latest epic and discovers the eighth wonder of the world – King Kong.
Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis, Thomas Kretschmann
Rating: PG-13
Bottom Line:  ***

Coverage:  King Kong doesn’t break new ground but is ultimately rewarding.

Read More Sunday, December 25, 2005
Movie Review: “Crash”

 

Studio:  Lions Gate
Plot:    There is good and bad in all of us.
Cast:  Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Tony Danza, Loretta Devine and Larenz Tate. 
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:***
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2005
EURWeb.com Presents:THE FILM STRIP

The Rock Happy to a Real Bad Guy

Read More Sunday, October 30, 2005
GINA TORRES ON THE INSANITY OF ‘SERENITY’

Actress talks about film’s unlikely road to the big screen; and upcoming film with hubby Fishburne

Read More Sunday, October 16, 2005
Movie Review: “Jarhead" 4-21

  

Studio:     Universal Pictures
Plot: A Marine’s account of his experiences fighting in Kuwait
Cast:   Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper, Dennis Haysbert, Marty Papazian, Skyler Stone
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **1/2
 
Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: The Transporter 2


Studio:     20th Century Fox
Plot:     Mercenary Frank Martin attempts to foil a kidnapping plot and bring the villains to justice.
Cast:     Jason Statham, Amber Valletta, Katie Nauta, Alessandro Gassman, Matthew Modine
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **

Read More Sunday, September 18, 2005
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents 4-16

Movies in Production

Read More Sunday, September 4, 2005
Movie Reveiw 4-13

 


Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Studio:   Columbia Pictures (1 hr. 41 min.)
Plot:   The mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi returns.
Cast:     Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Ruben Blades
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2005
Blackflix Movie News Presents: 5 Ways For Guys To Survive The Chick Flick


     When it comes to checking out a movie, most guys would say, "Hey, let’s go see something starring Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes or Ice-T.

Read More Saturday, July 9, 2005
Movie Reveiw 4-14



Studio:     Columbia Pictures
Plot:     A squadron of pilots embark on a mission to neutralize an out-of-control robotic fighter jet.
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, Josh Lucas, Sam Shephard
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***

Read More Saturday, July 9, 2005
Blackflix Movie News Presents: Madagascar

Studio:   DreamWorks (1 hr. 20 mins.)
Plot:  Four domesticated zoo animals escape from the New York City Zoo, and are shipped away to the wiild.
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Andy Richter, Cedric the Entertainer, Sacha Baron Cohen
Rating:     G
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Sunday, June 26, 2005
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith

 

 

 

Studio:     20th Century Fox
Plot:     The third and final installment of the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.
Cast:     Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****1/2

Read More Sunday, May 15, 2005
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: Guess Who?

 

Studio:   Columbia Pictures/Plot:    An over-protective but loving father is confronted with the arrival of a white future son-in law.
Cast:  Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott, Mike Epps, Sherri Shepherd
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****

Read More Saturday, April 16, 2005
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: Be Cool

 

 

Studio:   MGM
Plot:     John Travolta returns as Chili Palmer in this sequel to the 1995 smash comedy Get Shorty.
Cast:    John Travolta, Uma Thurman, The Rock, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, André Benjamin, Christina Milian and Harvey Keitel
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2

Read More Sunday, March 6, 2005
Blackflix.com Movie News Presents: Hitch

Studio: Colombia Pictures
Plot:    A professional matchmaker's program is threatened by a female journalist who enrolls as a student and plans on publishing an exposé on his fraudulent methods.
Cast:Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Michael Rapaport, Ato Essandoh
Rating: PG-13
Bottom Line: **1/2

Read More Sunday, March 6, 2005
Blackflix Movie News presents: Coach Carter

Studio:     Paramount Pictures
Plot:         Inspired by true-life story of controversial high-school basketball coach Ken Carter, who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news in 1999 for benching his entire undefeated basketball team for poor academic performance.
Cast:       Samuel L Jackson, Robert Ri'chard, Rick Gonzalez, Ashanti, Adrienne Bailon
Rating:       PG-13
                                                                        Bottom Line:     ***

Read More Sunday, February 6, 2005
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO BERNIE MAC'S FOR DINNER?

 

Comedian to star in remake of Poitier classic

Columbia Pictures is developing the remake of the 1967 classic, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," which originally starred Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.

Read More Sunday, July 14, 2002
Movie Review 1-12

Minority Report

Read More Sunday, June 30, 2002
What’s on the Screen 1-11


Finally the impossible happened.  The movie was definitely better than what the previews lead on.   Having just come off the disappointing Star Wars Attack of the Yawns I was rather reluctant to go back to the theatre any time soon.  I am glad that I did.  The feature film “Undercover Brother” was refreshingly funny.

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2002
A PIECE OF THE ROCK



NEW YORK, NY--  I will never forget when I first saw the image of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson making his feature film debut in “The Mummy Returns,” as a half human, half (computer-generated) scorpion.

Read More Sunday, May 5, 2002

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