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VarietyMichael Jai White and Lynn Whitfield will star in "Somebody's Child," an original telepic for GMC. Production has begun in Wilmington, N.C. on the film, which will be directed by Gary Wheeler from Siddeeqah Powell's screenplay. The project, scheduled...
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All The RageActors, filmmakers and other invited guests converged on the Culver Plaza Theatre in Culver City on Wednesday for the opening of the Pan African Film Festival, which this year features 121 films from 31 nations. Actor Nate Parker of "The......
Timid geek Norbit suffers at the hand of his extremely large wife, Rasputia. But the dweeb perks up after reuniting with Kate (Thandie Newton), his childhood sweetheart from their days growing up at Mr. Wong's Golden Wonton and Orphanage. Eddie Murphy...
Tribune movie critic2 stars (out of four) With his brazen gifts for mimicry, Eddie Murphy may now be the Peter Sellers of blockbuster toilet comedy movies. His "Norbit" is a comedy for masochists--an often awful parade of flatulent gags about big butts, sadistic...
Tribune movie critic2½ stars (out of four) The look and sound of "The Gospel" may be glossy and modern, but the central storyabout a dying father and a prodigal sonis as old as the hills. And the musical-religious mix at least as old as Ray Charles' classic mix of...
Tags: Death, Idris Elba, Donnie McClurkin, Drama (genre), Nona Gaye
Times Staff WriterRob Hardy's "The Gospel" is another solid entry in the burgeoning African American faith-based genre that favors inclusiveness over preachiness and presents multidimensional characters. Featuring a number of noted gospel singers, "The Gospel" is rousing,...
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Chicago Tribune Staff Writer1 star(out of 4) If ever a movie cried out to be aired on Lifetime Television for Women, it's the women's-prison movie "Civil Brand." Thankfully, gratuitous swearing nixes it from the cable channel's consideration, so relatively few people will spend 95...
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC4 stars (out of 4) When you play a genius on screen, you better have the right stuff yourself, or the camera will shrivel you. That doesn't happen in "Ray." In this triumphant musical movie-bio, Jamie Foxx gives a landmark performance as soul, jazz...
TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTER1 ½ stars (out of 4) Contrary to the similar title, "Woman, Thou Art Loosed" isn't a sequel to the Coens' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Instead, it's a TV-movie-caliber polemic based on preacher T.D. Jakes' best-selling seminar, novel and stage play of...
Times Staff WriterAfter a shocker of a prologue, "Woman, Thou Art Loosed" cuts to a preacher visiting a young woman on death row in an unnamed prison. The minister is the real thing, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and three years ago Time magazine put him on its cover as "America's...
Tags: Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Death, Movies, Debbi Morgan
Los Angeles TimesFrom the moment director Taylor Hackford starts "Ray" with a shot of Jamie Foxx's fingers hitting the piano keys and breaking into the unmistakable rhythms of "What'd I Say," it's clear that Ray Charles' unstoppable music will power this film. It's...
Times Staff WriterWith the fiery "Civil Brand," director Neema Barnette, in her theatrical feature debut, resurrects that old exploitation genre favorite, the women's prison picture, as an exposé of that contemporary phenomenon, the prison-industrial complex. Barnette's...
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