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Dwayne Johnson Charms Big in “Skyscraper” but Falls Short on Script

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) He likes to play the hero (Rampage). He does it all the time (San Andreas). It’s what his fans expect (Hercules). His films made him the second-highest grossing movie star of 2017. So, can Dwayne Johnson continue Read More

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NNPA Newswire Film Review: Marshall

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Considering all of his major accomplishments, why hasn’t someone made a film about Thurgood Marshall’s life that was comprehensive? He was the lawyer who won the Brown v. Board of Education United States Supreme Court case, the founder Read More

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Film Review: Detroit

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Detroit” tells a story of racial injustice and police brutality, based on fact, which is easy enough to believe and has parallels with today’s problems with police criminality and impunity. But since this important subject is not new, Read More

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Film Review: Lowriders

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Rarely do urban tales balance authenticity with solid drama elements and strong emotion. “Boyz n the Hood” and “Straight Outta Compton” are perfect examples. “Lowriders” is in their league; it checks all the boxes: acting, direction, writing and Read More

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Film Review: T2 Trainspotting

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Trainspotting” was a breakthrough film back in 1996. An edgy, eccentric blend of debauchery and rebellion set to one of the best British rock soundtracks ever made. Twenty years later, the original director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “28 Read More

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Film Review: 100 Streets

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) The mark of a brilliant actor is that he or she can give a compelling performance even in a film that doesn’t shine. That’s the case with Idris Elba, as he nearly saves this light, interwoven contemporary London Read More

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Film Review: Lion

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Saroo Brierley, a five-year old boy from a small town in India, got lost on a train ride, wound up at the massive Howrah Junction railway station in Calcutta and became an orphaned street kid. An Australian couple Read More

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Film Review: Arrival

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Nearly 40 years ago, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” set the bar very high for sci-fi films that eschewed conventional all-out action sequences and garnered their strength from immense suspense, evocative visuals and mind-numbing mystery. “Arrival” is Read More

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Film Review: Loving

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) For a long time it was a forbidden love. Through slavery, the reconstruction era, on into the 20th century, particularly in the South, interracial romantic relations were looked down on and marriages were illegal. Anti-miscegenation laws were on Read More

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Film Review: Moonlight

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) In just his second feature film, writer/director Barry Jenkins tells a compelling story about sexual repression and ambiguity through the eyes of a vulnerable and confused little boy, who grows up to question his sexual identity as a Read More

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Film Review: Southside With You

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Thought he was just another smooth talking brother?” says an inquisitive Chicago mom. She’s repeating the words her daughter used to describe a colleague she’s meeting for a first date. Never have eight words been so inaccurate. That Read More

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Film Review: Hell or High Water

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “I been poor my whole life. It’s like a disease.” And with that thought in mind, two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk) a divorced dad and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster, “Lone Survivor”) an ex-con, go Read More