Brown Paper Bag

2019 Knuckle Sandwich Productions/Indie Rights Written and Directed by Detdrich McClure Produced by David Douglas/Kiarra Graves/Raymond James Herrera/LaCora Stephens/Detdrich McClure Music by Jairo Duarte-Lopez/Michael Eremiasova Cinematography by Adam Gan Edited by Brian Uskokovich When Patricia and I get together in the evenings to watch a movie I like to let her pick what we watch. […]

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Mean Johnny Barrows

1976 Ramana Productions/Po’ Boy Productions Directed by Fred Williamson Written by Jolivett Cato/Charles Walker Music by Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson Here’s the thing that made Fred Williamson stand out from other male Blaxploitation stars of the 1970s: even then he wasn’t satisfied with just acting in those violent action thrillers. Even then he had an eye toward […]

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A Fall From Grace

A FALL FROM GRACE 2020 Tyler Perry Studios/Netflix Written and Directed by Tyler Perry Produced by Tyler Perry/Mark E. Swinton/Will Areu/Michelle Sneed Music by Jay Weigel Cinematography by Terrence Burke Edited by Larry Sexton You walk into a McDonald’s because you’re hungry and you don’t feel like going through the trouble of cooking for yourself […]

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Happy Death Day 2U

2019 Blumhouse Productions/Universal Pictures Written and Directed by Christopher Landon Produced by Jason Blum Based on characters created by Scott Lobdell Cinematography by Toby Oliver Edited by Ben Baudhuin Music by Bear McCreary One thing I love about the two “Happy Death Day” movies is that they are not ashamed of or try to hide […]

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Gone Too Far!

  2013 Poisson Rouge Pictures/FilmOne Distribution Directed by Destiny Ekarahga Produced by Christopher Granier-Deferre Written by Bola Agbaje based on her play “Gone Too Far!” Music by Rhys Adams Cinematography by Stil Williams Edited by Anna Dick There’s a scene in GONE TOO FAR! where three black London youths (well one of them actually looks […]

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This Is Martin Bonner

2013 Monteray Media Written and Directed by Chad Hartigan Produced by Cherie Saulter You’ve probably been reading my reviews for a while. At least I hope you have so you’re aware that my taste in movies tend to run toward action/adventure, science fiction, crime…mostly movies with a lotta running around, yelling, fighting, stuff blowing and […]

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Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

2017 Tyler Perry Studios/Lionsgate Written and Directed by Tyler Perry Produced by Tyler Perry/Ozzie Areu/Will Areu Music by Christopher Lennertz/Philip White Cinematography by Richard Vialet Edited by Larry Sexton There’s two kinds of movie people. Them that go see Tyler Perry movies and them that don’t. If you number among that first group, stick around. Those […]

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Burn: Episode One

BURN: Episode One 2017 Fearless Cinema/Innovative Productions Created, Written & Directed by Thor Moreno Produced by Annette Duffy/Rebecca Masucci So what is exactly is The American Dream? As a people and as a society we have been debating, arguing, fighting and pondering that question for as long as there has been a United States of […]

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Sleight

2017 Diablo Entertainment/WWE Studios/BH Tilt/High Top Releasing/Universal Pictures Directed by J.D. Dillard Produced by Eric B. Fleischman/ Sean Tabibian/Alex Theurer Written by J.D. Dillard/Alex Theurer Remember the first time you saw “Unbreakable”? Remember that “oh, shit” moment when you thought you were watching one type of movie and suddenly realized you were watching a Superhero […]

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Forbidden World

1982 New World Pictures Directed by Alan Holzman Produced by Roger Corman Written by Tim Curnen/R.J. Robertson/Jim Wynorski Music by Susan Justin Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt Edited by Alan Holzman/Martin Nicholson I watched FORBIDDEN WORLD on the heels of watching another “Alien” knock-off: “Life.” Despite is having been made 30 years ago, I’d have to […]

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