Movie Review: EMPEROR

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dayo Okeniyi, Ben Robson, James Cromwell, Bruce Dern, Kat Graham, Naturi Naughton, M.C. Gainey, Mykelti Williamson, Keean Johnson, Patrick Roper, Harry Lennix Writers: Mark Amin & Pat Charles, story by Mark Amin Director: Mark Amin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: August 18, 2020 EMPEROR is based on the life of real-life pre-Civil War figure Shields Green, played here by Dayo Okeniyi. Green was one of the men who fought beside abolitionist John Brown (James Cromwell) in the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry in Virginia. While the raid itself did not get the desired result – enslaved Black […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CUT THROAT CITY

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Rating: R Stars: Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Keean Johnson, Denzel Whitaker, Eiza Gonzalez, Kat Graham, T.I., Rob Morgan, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard Writer: P.G. Cuschieri Director: The RZA Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: August 21, 2020 CUT THROAT CITY starts with a lively animated opening credits sequence, with bloody comic book art of black workers vs. KKK members. At the end of the sequence, we discover this actually is the CUT THROAT CITY graphic novel, created by James, aka Blink (Shameik Moore), who is showing his new work to his brother Miracle (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS

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Rating: R Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Amy Forsyth, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Johnny Knoxville, Logan Miller, Austin Swift, Allison McAtee Writer: Alan Trezza Director: Marc Meyers Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: (VOD and Digital) April 10, 2020 At the risk of being spoilery, but to save viewers seeking something specific from not receiving it, let’s state up front that WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS is not supernatural. Nothing gets summoned. That said, there’s plenty of gore and craziness. There is also what seems to be a bent toward black comedy that exists here more in theory than in fact. We are in […]Read On »

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