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  • Author Will Haygood Offers Behind-Scenes Look Of 'Butler'

    Author Will Haygood Offers Behind-Scenes Look Of 'Butler'
    When Washington Post writer Wil Haygood met the late Eugene Allen in 2008, his intent was to write a feature story tied to the country's election of its first black president, then-senator Barack Obama. The result was his feature story "A Butler Well...
  • Q&A: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' star Forest Whitaker

    Q&A: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' star Forest Whitaker
    Forest Whitaker certainly isn’t yelling, but the temperature of his soft-spoken calm has increased a few degrees. “If we have a few minutes, let’s get a [newspaper], and I want you to go through the films,” says the star of...
  • Q&A: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' director Lee Daniels

    Q&A: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' director Lee Daniels
    Talking about his drama “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” in which Forest Whitaker plays a fictionalized version of a real butler who worked in the White House for more than three decades, the titular director says, “I did this movie because...
  • History, and character, is served

    History, and character, is served
    With respect to Ralph Ellison, Forest Whitaker plays an invisible man in the new movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Not a Hollywood ectoplasm, but a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fibers and liquids. Nevertheless, his character, Cecil Gaines, White...
  • 'Fruitvale's' following an indie template

    'Fruitvale's' following an indie template
    "Every time he messed up it was like he was killing the three most important women in his life," says Ryan Coogler, the writer-director of the excellent new drama "Fruitvale Station." He's speaking about Oscar Grant, who in the early morning hours of Jan....
  • 'Fruitvale Station's' Ryan Coogler, the message maker

    'Fruitvale Station's' Ryan Coogler, the message maker
    The California kid whose first full-length feature film wowed the judges at Sundance and Cannes this year is now showing it off to the world. "Fruitvale Station," about Oscar Grant, the young black man shot and killed by a transit police officer in...
  • 'The Butler' a stimulating tangle ★★ 1/2

    'The Butler' a stimulating tangle  ★&#9733 1/2
    The best scenes in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" — a family farewell at a bus station; a few drinks and a few dangerous glances among friends in an ordinary Washington, D.C., living room — steer clear of the White House and keep a comfortable...
  • 'Black Nativity': Good deeds, good songs ★★ 1/2

    'Black Nativity': Good deeds, good songs ★&#9733 1/2
    Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant and unjustly little-seen biopic that starred Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor and told the story of D.C. deejay Petey Greene. That film was all about the...
  • 'Black Nativity' review: Preach somewhere else

    'Black Nativity' review: Preach somewhere else
    ** (out of four) Around the holidays, you could go to church or you could go to “Black Nativity,” a 90-minute sermon posing as a movie. There’s nothing wrong with a film advocating gratitude and forgiveness, of course. But written...
  • 'Out of the Furnace': Revenge tale fueled by strong cast ★★ 1/2

    'Out of the Furnace': Revenge tale fueled by strong cast ★&#9733 1/2
    "Out of the Furnace" is a lot of movie, a lot of it good and pungent. In the first hour especially, its many moving parts keep a sprawling ensemble cast busy and engaged. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck play Russell and Rodney, sons of a dying...
  • 'The Butler' hits home for Chicago siblings

    'The Butler' hits home for Chicago siblings
    In the hit movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler," there's a scene in which lead character Cecil Gaines is trying to get a job on the White House service staff and he's interviewed by the head butler, an African-American man. Chicago siblings Loretta Fields...
  • 'The Butler' and The Truth

    This isn't your average summer movie crowd. It's not just that they are largely African-American, skin in all the shades of buttermilk, caramel and creamless coffee that we call "black." It's not just that they are largely old, with raincloud hair and...