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Movies: Soul Men

0 Comments · Thursday, November 6, 2008
Bernie Mac’s last film before his untimely death is a let-it-rip, irreverent comedy invested with the comedian’s trademark brand of earthy humor. Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) haven’t spoken since their days singing together as a duo ended 20 years ago after the departure of their R&B group’s leader John Legend (Marcus Hooks). Legend’s recent passing presents an opportunity for Floyd and Louis to reunite for a memorial concert at the Apollo Theater if only they can make amends and survive a cross-country drive together. "Soul Men" opens Friday.  

Soul Men (Review)

Bernie Mac's final performance is fittingly irreverent

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Bernie Mac's last film before his untimely death is a let-it-rip, irreverent comedy invested with the comedian's trademark brand of earthy humor. Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) haven't spoken since their days singing together as a duo ended 20 years ago after the departure of their R&B group's leader, but his passing presents an opportunity for Floyd and Louis to reunite for a memorial concert at the Apollo Theater.  

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Oliver Stone offers an effective, workmanlike telling of the George W. Bush story

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Oliver Stone's unpolished but finely tuned biopic of Western Civilization's most controversial leader is a straight-ahead dramatized biographical film that pedals between George W. Bush's misspent youth and his days in public office. Josh Brolin is exceptional as Bush in a deeply personal portrayal of an ultimately tragic figure.  

Film: Review: Hellboy II

Guillermo del Toro delivers an entertaining, surprisingly light sequel

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy sequel is a simultaneously exhilarating and underwhelming experience due to the idleness of its characters and nebulous subplot elements that contrast against the di  

Film: Review: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jules Verne goes 3-D with fun summer treatment

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This maiden feature-length digital 3-D movie is a breathtaking adaptation of Jules Verne's classic sci-fi novel, filled with eye-pleasing gags and sudden shocks of surprise that fall under the s  

Film: Americans in Cannes

Checking in on the U.S. filmmakers at the world's most prestigious film festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Cannes, France -- Sean Penn has great taste in movies. He championed Russian director Elem Klimov's 1985 Come and See long before most critics had ever even heard of it. So it's fitting that the  

Film: Review: Street Kings

David Ayer's violent drama investigates modern big-city police work

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Based on James Ellroy's novel, Street Kings is set in Los Angeles' blood-soaked streets, traversed by widowed LAPD Detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) whose carte blanche methods of obliteratin  

Film: Review: Funny Games

Michael Haneke remakes his own brutal satire for U.S. audiences

0 Comments · Saturday, March 15, 2008
Austrian writer/director Michael Haneke has remade his own controversial 1997 film, in which he effectively mocked American cinema's love for violence by pushing the limits of cinematic sadomaso  

Film: Review: Vantage Point

The first great thriller of 2008 is more than meets the eye

0 Comments · Friday, February 22, 2008
Director Pete Travis has turned debut screenwriter Barry Levy's Rashomon-inspired script about an assassination attempt against a U.S. president on a visit to Salamanca, Spain, into a dizzyingly  

Film: Review: Sweeney Todd

Tim Burton paints Sondheim red

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Director Tim Burton's screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 Grand Guignol musical is at once mesmerizing and disappointing. Outstanding singing performances from its capable ensemble ca