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Movie Review: Suicide Squad

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic “Deadpool” may have raised the bar far too high for the comic-book-turned-film genre. It was fresh, innovative, irreverent, demented, unpredictable, visually alluring, well-acted, written, directed and produced. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” flew in its shadow. Read More

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Film Review: Miss Sharon Jones!

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shakes and their lead singer’s Read More

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Film Review: Jason Bourne

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) There’s something missing in actor Matt Damon and director/writer Paul Greengrass’s return to the Bourne action/spy/thriller franchise. It’s hard to put your finger on it. But the brutal fight scenes, painstakingly coordinated cloak-and-dagger sequences and elaborate car Read More

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Film Review: Star Trek Beyond

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) The big debate shouldn’t be if this is the best Star Trek film ever. The more interesting conversation is about whether Star Trek Beyond is a better sci-fi space adventure film than 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Read More

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Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) Some things should be left in the past and forgotten. Case in point: Tarzan. This modern version, “The Legend of Tarzan,” adds some politically correct touches to an old-fashioned (dated) story. But even with new gloss and Read More

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Film Review: Free State of Jones

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) “You can not own a child of God,” proclaims a slave named Moses (Mahershala Ali, HBO’s “Treme”). “We don’t got no country on either side. We’re our own country,” says Confederate Army deserter Newton “Newt” Knight (Matthew Read More

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Film Review: Keanu

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) They’re 50 percent Black, 50 percent White. 100 percent Nerd. Go figure. Left to their own devices and dull lives, not a lot of excitement comes their way. Until that fateful day when a lost and forlorn Read More

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Film Review: The Jungle Book

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) Start the great debate right now. Is The Jungle Book the best kid’s action film ever made? Possibly. Expect to hear both sides of that argument waged by millions over lattes at Starbucks after they exit theaters. Read More

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Film Review: Born to Be Blue

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) “I did it my way…” No, Ethan Hawke doesn’t sing those lyrics in this faux bio/film about jazz great Chet Baker. But judging by his thoroughly convincing performance and writer/director Robert Budreau’s impressionistic screenplay and artsy direction, Read More

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Film Review: Eye In The Sky

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic What is the tolerance level for collateral damage during drone strikes? It’s been a topical subject for years, as the U.S. and other countries fight the war on terrorism from the air and not so much the Read More

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Film Review: London Has Fallen

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic A good action-thriller movie keeps you tense, engaged and excited. A great action-thriller does all that and you still feel anxious long after you’ve left the theater. This sequel to the $161M-grossing Olympus Has Fallen, about a Read More

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Film Review: Eddie The Eagle

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic Somewhere in between the football tearjerker “Rudy” and the offbeat cult-classic Jamaican bobsled team bio “Cool Runnings,” there is room for this very disarming, true-life tale of a bumbling British ski jumper, Michael “Eddie” Edwards, who made Read More

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Film Review: Race

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic “On the track, there is no Black and White, just fast and slow. For those 10 seconds you are free,” says Jesse Owens (Stephan James) in this very moving and inspiring bio/sports movie that captures the essence of Read More

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Film Review: Triple 9

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic Honor among thieves? Not with this bunch. These guys are playing a mean duplicitous game, and as they do, you can’t guess who will survive. That’s the mark of a solid, tense cop/crime/thriller. A good one will Read More

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The Best Films of 2015

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic Movies have become a great comfort in what has been a tumultuous year. They’ve entertained us. Made us laugh, feel courageous, scared, romantic and educated us too. It’s a perfect time to reflect on the films, performances Read More