18th C. Biopic Revisits Life of Ex-Slave Raised as Aristocrat

Born in the West Indies in 1761, Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was the product of the taboo union of Mary Belle, an African slave,...

Harry Potter Franchise Finale Arrives on DVD

Unless author J.K. Rowling decides to extend the spellbinding saga, which isn’t entirely out of the question, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part...

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Argo (R for profanity and violent images) Ben Affleck directed and stars in this fact-based espionage thriller, set in Teheran during the Iranian Revolution,...

Frantic Mom Engages Street-Wise Crew in Search for Son

Bernice Stokes (LisaGay Hamilton) is a parole officer in Los Angeles where her job routinely places her in close proximity with the dregs of...

Sisters Deal with Impending End of the World in Apocalyptic Adventure

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) isn’t enjoying her wedding day, much to the chagrin of her flustered, but supportive groom Michael (Alexander Skarsgard). The clinically-depressed bride’s...

Blacks Serve as Brunt of Jokes in Insensitive Buddy Comedy

In the opening scene of Grown Ups, a Black kid (Jameel McGill), who has very obviously double-dribbled during a basketball game, unreasonably calls the...

Reverential Bio-Pic Pays Tribute to Legendary H.S. Bandleader

After graduating from Wiley College (of “The Great Debaters” fame) back in the 1930s, Conrad “Prof” Johnson (1915-2008) briefly embarked on a promising career...

That’s My Boy: Sandler and Samberg Co-Star in Crude Father-Son Comedy

Anybody familiar with the work of Adam Sandler knows he built his career playing dimwitted characters like Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996) and...

Cops Struggle to Juggle Careers and Fatherhood in Faith-Based Family Flick

When Pastor Alex Kendrick read a report back in 2003 alleging that movies had become more of an influence on impressionable young minds than...

Vin Diesel Reprises Role as Alien Antihero

When we first met Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) in Pitch Black, the notorious criminal had been arrested by a bounty hunter and was...

Film Explores Life, Legacy of Ga. Death Row Inmate

Decades before Rosa Parks took a determined stance against racism and Black Americans across the nation participated in sit-ins and rallies demanding equality, Lena...

Heavenly Sistahs Expound on Brotherly Love

Keke Palmer is a multi-talented actress, singer, songwriter and talk show host who made her screen debut at the age of 10 in Barbershop...