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Blacktropectives (Best Black Films):
Blacktrospective 2014
Blacktrospective 2013
Blacktrospective 2012
Best 100 Films of 2012
Blacktrospective 2011
Blacktrospective 2010
Blacktrospective 2009
Blacktrospective 2008
Blacktrospective 2007
Blacktrospective 2006
Blacktrospective 2005

Films from Moguldom Studios

The Hidden Colors Series

Best Selling DVD's:
Best Selling DVDs for 2013 (Final List)
Best Selling DVDs for 2012
Best Selling DVDs for 2011

African American Film Critics Awards
AAFCA 2013
AAFCA 2008
AAFCA 2007

Reviewed Films Include:
12 Years a Slave
2012 (2009)
2016: Obama’s America
21 Jump Street
25 to Life
96 Minutes
The Amazing Spider-Man
African-American Lives
African American Lives 2
Akeelah and the Bee
American Gangster
American Gun
America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments
American Violet
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
The Anonymous People
Are We Done Yet?
The Artist
The Avengers
Baby Boy
Baggage Claim
Balls of Fury
Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey
Barbershop 2
Barry Bonds
Bass Clef Bliss
Bastards of the Party
Beasts of the Southern Wild
A Beautiful Soul
Behind those Books (press release)
Best Kept Secret
The Best Man
The Best Man Holiday
Beyond the Gates
Beyond the Lights
Big Words
Biracial, Not Black, Damn It!
The Black Candle
Black Coffee
Black Snake Moan
Black. White
Blood Diamond
Blood Done Sign My Name
Black in America
Black Dynamite
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Blue Caprice
Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story
Born into Brothels
Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans
The Boys of Baraka
Men II Boys
Bring It On 4
Brooklyn's Finest
The Brothers
Brother to Brother
Brotherly Love
Bushwick Homecomings
Butterfly Rising
The Cabin in the Woods
Cadillac Records
El Cantante
Captain Phillips
Carmen & Geoffrey
Cash Crop
The Central Park Five
Changing the Game
This Christmas
Cloud Atlas
Code Name: The Cleaner
College Road Trip
Color of the Cross
Confessions of a Call Girl
Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha
Cop Out
Crips and Bloods
Crossing the Line
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Daddy Day Camp
Daddy's Little Girls
Darfur Diaries
Dark Girls (Preview)
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Dead Presidents
Dear White People
Delta Farce
The Descendants
Desert Bayou
The Dhamma Brothers
Diary of a Tired Black Man
Dirty Laundry
Do the Right Thing
Don't Trip, He Ain't Through with Me Yet
Eat, Pray, Love
The Empire in Africa
The End of Poverty
The Equalizer
Evan Almighty
Eve's Bayou
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
Examined Life
The Express
The Family That Preys
Fast & Furious 6
Fear of a Black Republican
Feel the Noise
Fire in Babylon
First Sunday
The Five-Year Engagement
For Colored Girls
Freedom Riders (American Experience)
From the Rough
Fruitvale Station
Get On Up: The James Brown Story
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Ghosts of Cite Soleil
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
The Girl Is in Trouble
Giuliani Time
God Grew Tired of Us
A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy
Good Hair
Graffiti Verite' 7: Random Urban Static
A Great Day in Harlem
The Great Debators
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
Half of a Yellow Sun
Harlem Aria
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
A Haunted House 2
Hava Nagila: The Movie
Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
The Hip Hop Project
The Help
Hey, Boo: HarperLee & To Kill a MockingBird
Hollywood Chinese
Homie Spumoni
The Honeymooners
House of Payne, Volume 4
How She Move
How to Make Money Selling Drugs
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
The Hunger Games
The Hurricane
Hustle & Flow
I'm Through with White Girls
I Am Legend
I Can Do Bad All by Myself
I Think I Love My Wife
I Will Follow
I.O.U.S.A. (One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.)
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Iron Lady
Iron Man 2
In the Mix
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Inheriting the Trade
Inside Man
It's Pimpin' Pimpin'
J. Edgar
Jamesy Boy
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Joe Louis: American Hero - Betrayed
Joyful Noise
Jumping the Broom
Kamp Katrina
Katt Williams: American Hustle
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is
Kickin' It Old School
Killer of Sheep
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis
King&rsquo;s Faith
Kiss and Tail
Lackawanna Blues
The Last King of Scotland
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Life, Above All
Life of a King
Life of Pi
Looking for Lincoln
Long Live the Spirit of the Million Man March
Lord, Save Us from Your Followers
The Lottery
Louder Than a Bomb
Love & Basketball
The Loving Story
Madea's Big Happy Family
Madea Goes to Jail
Madea's Witness Protection
Magic Mike
Man of Steel
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Maxed Out
Meet the Browns
Meet Dave (2008)
Meeting David Wilson
Men in Black 3
The Mighty Macs
Mirror Mirror
Mission: Impossible III
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Mississippi Damned
Monster's Ball
Mosquita y Mari
Muhammad Ali: The Long-Lost Movie
Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary
My Brother
Never Back Down
Never Die Alone
New Year's Eve
Next Day Air
Night Catches Us
October Baby
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Off and Running
Olympus Has Fallen
Orgasm, Inc
On the Rumba River
Out of the Furnace
The Orig. Kings of Comedy
The Pact
Pain & Gain
Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe)
Paul Mooney: It's The End of the World
The Perfect Holiday
Perfect Stranger
Phat Girlz
The Pirogue
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Preacher's Kid
Premium Rush
The Pride
The Prince of Broadway
Private Dicks: Men Exposed
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Punta Soul
The Purge
The Pursuit of Happyness
A Raisin in the Sun
Rebirth of a Nation
Red Hook Summer
Red Tails
Rejoice & Shout
Real Steel
Rent a Rasta
Resurrecting the Champ
Restless City
Rising from the Ashes
Run, Fatboy, Run
Rush Hour 3
Safe House
The Salon
The Sapphires
Sarah Palin: You Betcha!
Saving Lincoln
The Secret Life of Bees
Secret Mysteries of America's Beginnings
Seven Pounds
She's Gotta Have It
The Single Moms Club
The Simpsons
Skid Row
Smokin' Aces
Snakes on a Plane Review
The Social Network
The Soloist
Soul Food Junkies
Soul Men
The Souls of Black Girls
Sparkle (2012)
Star Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness
Still Trippin'
Straight Outta Compton
Street Journeys
A Streetcar Named Desire (B'way Play)
Stomp the Yard
Sucka 4 Luv
Sweet Dreams
The Story of Lovers Rock
Take Me to the River
Talk to Me
Think Like a Man
Think Like a Man Too
Things Never Said
A Thousand Words
Thunder Soul
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
To Live & Die in Amerikkka
Toe to Toe
Top Five
Tower Heist
Traces of the Trade
Trinity Goodheart
Trouble the Water
Twenty Feet from Stardom
Tyler Perry&rsquo;s A Madea Christmas
Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
Unapologetic - D.L. Hughley
The Ultimate Ali Collection
United 93
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Vanishing Pearls: The Oysterman of Pointe a la Hache
The Vanishing Black Male
The Velvet Elvis
Venus & Serena
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Very Young Girls
W. (2008)
Waiting for Superman
War Dance
War Room
War Witch
We Are Together
The Weird World of Blowfly
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
We Need to Talk
We the Party
What Black Men Think
When the Levees Broke
White Chicks
White Wedding (2010)
Who's Your Caddy?
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
Why We Laugh
William Kunstler
Winnie Mandela
Without the King
The Wolverine
The Wood
The Words
Wrath of the Titans
You Got Served
Zero Dark Thirty


In Theaters: April 22, 2015 Limited

Rating: PG for mature themes
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Cynthia Mort
Written By: Cynthia Mort
Running time: 90 minutes
Studio: Ealing Studios

Most of the pre-release buzz surrounding this controversial biopic has swirled around the debate about Zoe Saldana’s darkening her skin, donning an afro wig and wearing a prosthetic nose to portray Nina Simone (1933-2003). Apparently, in these politically-correct times, some consider the casting of Saldana as the dark-skinned title character to be a case of cultural appropriation, since she is of Dominican and Puerto Rican extraction and thus, by implication, not black enough to play an African-American.

War RoomWar Room

In Theaters: Aug 28, 2015 Limited

Rating: PG for mature themes
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Alex Kendrick
Written By: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
Running time: 120 minutes
Studio: Provident Films
Distributor: TriStar Pictures

In 2011, Pastor Alex Kendrick produced, directed, wrote and starred in Courageous, a very compelling, action-oriented, faith-based drama. With War Room, he's opted to play only a supporting role in the flick, thereby freeing himself to focus more on his duties behind the camera.

The film revolves around protagonists Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) and Tony Jordan (T.C. Stallings), a couple we meet already in the midst of a relationship crisis. Most of their marital woes are of the husband's making, as he is a workaholic who's emotionally and physically unavailable to his wife and their young daughter, Danielle (Alena Pitts).  Read More

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the RevolutionThe Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

In Theaters: Sep 2, 2015 Limited

Runtime: 1 hr. 53 min.
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
Directed & Written By: Stanley Nelson
Distributor: Firelight Films

The late Stokely Carmichael is famous for coining the phrase “Black power!” What he might not be as well remembered for is founding the Black Panthers. Frustrated by the tortoise-paced progress of the Civil Rights movement and by the number of martyrs dying and disappearing around the South… “You tell them white folks in Mississippi that all the scared niggers is dead!” he announced. However, Stokely had little to do with the organization after opening that first chapter in 1965 in Lowndes, Alabama (an 80% black county where no African-American had ever been allowed to vote).  Read More

Straight Outta Compton (2015) Straight Outta Compton

In Theaters: Aug 14, 2015 Wide

Runtime: 2 hr. 27 min.
Rating: violence, drug use, pervasive profanity and ethnic slurs, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity
Genre: Drama
Directed By: F. Gary Gray
Written By: Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Back in the Eighties, the CIA began orchestrating the introduction of crack-cocaine to African-American communities all across America, starting with the South Central L.A. By the middle of the decade, the epidemic had turned Compton into a godforsaken wasteland rife with drug addiction and crime.  Read More


In Theaters: Jun 19, 2015 Wide

Runtime: 1 hr. 55 min.
Rating: R (for languge, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence- all involving teens)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed & Written by Rick Famuyiwa
Rated R for profanity, nudity, sexuality, ethnic slurs, drug use and violence, all involving teens
Distributor: Open Road Films

17 year-old Malcolm (Shameik Moore) was raised by a single-mom (Kimberly Elise) in a rather rough section of L.A. where he's turned out to be more of a milquetoast than a menace to society. He's actually so nerdy he's formed a funk band called Oreo with a couple of fellow geeks, Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori). The tight-knit BFFs carefully negotiate their way through the perilous gauntlet lining their path to school, doing their best to hide the fact that they do &ldquo;white sh*t&rdquo; like getting good grades in hopes of going to a good college and making it out of the ghetto.  Read More

Brotherly Love Brotherly Love

In Theaters: Apr 24, 2015 Limited

Rated: R for violence, profanity and ethnic slurs
Genre: Drama
Written & Directed By: Jamal Hill
Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.
Distributor: Liquid Soul Media / Freestyle Releasing

As far as performances are concerned, Keke Palmer is terrific in the lead role as Jackie. She also belts out a couple of tunes on the soundtrack, including a mesmerizing, closing credits rendition of the Harold Melvin R&B classic, &ldquo;Wake Up Everybody.&rdquo; And the rest of the cast, especially Cory Hardrict, Romeo Miller, Macy Gray, Eric D. Hill, Jr., Quincy Brown and Faizon Love, does a great job creating the requisite edgy atmosphere that imbues the production with a very authentic feel for the duration.  Read More


In Theaters: Jan 30, 2015 Limited
On DVD: Apr 21, 2015

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Deon Taylor
Runtime: 1 hr. 46 min.
Distributor: Well Go Entertainment
DVD Extras: Behind-the-Scenes featurette; and the theatrical trailer.

Directed by Deon Taylor (Chain Letter), Supremacy is a hostage thriller ostensibly inspired by actual events which transpired in Sonoma County, California on the night of March 29, 1995. At 11:30 that evening, Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Trejo was assassinated by a recently-paroled member of the Aryan Brotherhood and his gun moll, just before they forced their way into a nearby house and held the owners captive.  Read More

Da Sweet Blood of JesusDa Sweet Blood of Jesus [2015]

In Theaters: Feb 13, 2015 Limited

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 2 hr. 3 min.
Studio: 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures

The Kickstarter page where Spike Lee raised $1,418,910 from fans for his latest &ldquo;Joint&rdquo; expressly states that the money would not used to shoot a remake of Blacula (1972). But it also failed to inform investors that the crowdfunded feature was ostensibly-inspired by another Blaxploitation era horror flick, namely, Ganja & Hess (1973). And after screening this disappointing indie, it&rsquo;s obvious there was no reason to redo that picture either.  Read More

Selma (2014)Selma

In Theaters: Dec 25, 2014 Limited, Jan 9, 2014 Wide

PG-13 (for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language)
Runtime: 2 hr. 7 min.
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Ava DuVernay
Written By: Paul Webb, Ava DuVernay
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Believe it or not, this moving biopic is the first, full-length feature ever made revolving around Dr. Martin Luther King. That oversight is only apt to further enhance the film&rsquo;s stock value when it goes wide in theaters right before Dr. King&rsquo;s birthday and the eagerly-anticipated awards season.  Read More

Annie (2014) Annie

In Theaters: Dec 19, 2014 Wide

Rated PG for mild epithets and rude humor
Running time: 118 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
PG (for some mild language and rude humor)
Genre: Drama , Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: Will Gluck
Written By: Emma Thompson , Thomas Meehan , Aline Brosh McKenna

A 21st Century variation on the age-old theme where an insufferable 1%-er finally gets in touch with his sensitive side with the help of an irresistible ragamuffin representing the downtrodden rest of humanity.  Read More

Top Five (2014) Movie PosterTop Five

In Theaters: Dec 12, 2014 Wide

R (for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use)
Running time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Written and Directed By: Chris Rock

Top Five features Chris Rock as Andre Allen, a comedian who has become too closely associated with &ldquo;Hammy the Bear,&rdquo; the popular protagonist of a humor-driven film franchise. Consequently, he&rsquo;s been having a hard time making the transition to dramatic roles.  Read More

25 to Life25 to Life

In Theaters: Nov 28, 2014 Limited

Rated PG-13 for PG-13 for action and sci-fi violence
Running time: 87 minutes
Studio: SimonSays Entertainment
Distributor: AaFFRM

Directed by Mike Brown, 25 to Life is reverential biopic that revisits all of the above, opting to present Bill in a positive light despite his risky behavior with a string of sex partners. Granted, it&rsquo;s great that he ultimately embraced honesty and even settled down and got married, but it would&rsquo;ve been nice to hear from his former conquests to learn how they felt about being used and whether they&rsquo;ve tested positive for the AIDS virus.   Read More

Beyond the LightsBeyond the Lights

In Theaters: Nov 14, 2014 Wide

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, suggestive gestures, partial nudity and matures themes
Running time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Written and Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Genre: Drama
Distributor: Relativity Media

Beyond the Lights, a steamy romantic romp written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees and Love & Basketball). Don&rsquo;t be duped into thinking that you&rsquo;ve seen this same story somewhere before, given how the plot is vaguely reminiscent of Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner&rsquo;s The Bodyguard (1992).  Read More

Dear White PeopleDear White People

In Theaters: Oct 17, 2014 Limited
On DVD: Feb 3, 2015

Rated R for profanity, ethnic and sexual preference slurs, sexuality and drug use
Running time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Genre: Drama , Comedy
Directed By: Justin Simien
Written By: Justin Simien
Distributor: Roadside Attractions

…director Simien pulls a couple of rabbits out of his hat while lacing his dialogue with pithy lines (&ldquo;Learn to modulate your blackness up or down depending on the crowd and what you want from them.&rdquo;) and touching on a litany of hot button issues ranging from Affirmative Action to Tyler Perry.  Read More

The EqualizerThe Equalizer

In Theaters: Sep 26, 2014 Wide

Rated R for graphic violence, sexual references and pervasive profanity
Running time: 131 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
Written By: Richard Wenk

On the surface, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a perfectly-pleasant, hail fellow well met. By day, the affable widower is employed as a sales associate at a hardware superstore where he jokes with co-workers who call him &ldquo;Pops.&rdquo; Evenings, he retires to a modest apartment in a working-class, Boston community, although bouts of insomnia often have him descending to a nearby diner to read a book into the wee hours of the morning. Read More

Take Me to the RiverTake Me to the River

In Theaters: Sep 12, 2014 Limited

Rated PG for smoking, mild epithets and mature themes
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: Martin Shore
Written By: Rick Clark, Jerry Harrison
Produced By: Martin Shore, Jerry Harrison, Cody Dickinson, Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, and Dan Sameha

A lot of great soul music came out of Memphis in the Sixties and early Seventies. Stax Records launched the careers of acts like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. and the MGs while its cross-town rival Hi Records had Al Green, Ann Peebles and O.V. Wright.Take Me to the River is a reverential retrospective which is a combination tribute to the city&rsquo;s impressive legacy and a tip of the cap to some up-and-coming artists still recording in the region. . Read More

Get on Up: The James Brown Story (2014) - Movie PosterGet on Up: The James Brown Story

In Theaters: Aug 1, 2014 Wide

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, drug use, profanity and violence
Running time: 2 hr. 18 min.
Directed By: Tate Taylor
Written By: Steven Baigelman, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Just last year, Chadwick Boseman successfully channeled the spirit of Jackie Robinson in 42, a powerful biopic about the Hall of Fame great who made history when he integrated Major League Baseball in 1947. In Get on Up, the gifted young actor is already impersonating another legendary African-American, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown (1933-2006). Read More

Hidden Colors 3:The Rules Of Racism (2014)Hidden Colors 3:The Rules of Racism

In Theaters: Jun 26, 2014 Limited
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2014

Unrated, 1 hr. 40 min.
Directed By: Tariq Nasheed
Studio: King Flex Entertainment
Actors: David Banner, Paul Mooney, Dick Gregory, Nas, Tariq Nasheed

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules Of Racism is the third installment of the critically acclaimed documentary Hidden Colors series. This installment of tackles the taboo subject of systematic racism. The film explores how institutional racism effects all areas of human activity, and the rules, laws, and public policies that are utilized to maintain this system. Hidden Colors 3 features commentary from a diverse group of scholars, authors, and entertainment icons...Read More

Sucka 4 Luv (2014)Sucka 4 Luv

Running time: 84 minutes
Distributor: Pierre Films

Chris (Spank Horton) is a man with serious anger management issues. After getting fired for losing his temper on the job yet again, he makes his way to Rittenhouse Square where things quickly go from bad to worse. First, he proceeds to harass passersby ranging from a homeless panhandler to a guy handing out flyers to a DJ party.

He even upsets a little girl who approaches him for an autograph because she remembers his face from his appearance as a defendant in court on Judge Joe Brown&rsquo;s TV show. All these scenes in the public park transpire in front of his girlfriend Sharon (Xavia Omega) just before he gets down on one knee to propose to her with an engagement ring purchased on layaway.  Read the full film review.

Think Like a Man TooThink Like a Man Too

In Theaters: Jun 20, 2014 Wide

Rated PG-13 for profanity, drug use, crude humor, sexual references and partial nudity
Running time: 106 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems
Comedy, Romance
Directed By: Tim Story
Written By: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Steve Harvey

The surprise hit Think Like a Man was #1 at the box-office over its opening weekend back in April of 2012. Inspired by Steve Harvey&rsquo;s best-selling, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the original explored some of the serious issues tackled by the popular, relationship advice book by examining the angst of four couples in relationship crisis.

This go round, director Tim Story has abandoned the source material in favor of a screwball adventure that unfolds more like a blend of The Hangover and Bridesmaids, madcap movies about a bachelor and bachelorette party, respectively. Think Like a Man Too endeavors to increase the ante by featuring both a bachelor and bachelorette party.  Read the full film review.

Half of a Yellow SunHalf of a Yellow Sun

In Theaters: May 16, 2014 Limited

Rated R for violence and sexuality
Running time: 113 minutes
Distributor: Monterey Media
Directed By: Biyi Bandele
Written By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Twins Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) and Olanna (Thandie Newton) hail from a well-to-do Nigerian family well-enough connected to send them overseas to college where they majored in business and sociology, respectively. Ironically, while the sisters were acquiring a first-rate Western education in England, the independence movement back home was seeking to sever its ties with Great Britain.

After graduating in the early Sixties, they returned to Lagos to launch their careers, only to land in distracting love affairs. Attractive Olanna became the mistress of Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an outspoken college professor who&rsquo;d caught the anti-colonial fever, whereas willful Kainene entertained the advances of Richard (Joseph Mawle), a white expatriate writing a book about African art.  Read the full film review.


In Theaters: May 2, 2014 Limited

Rated PG for smoking, mature themes and ethnic insensitivity.
Running time: 104 minutes
Directed By: Amma Asante
Written By: Misan Sagay
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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, and John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), a British ship captain. Upon Mary&rsquo;s death, the concerned father brought his 8 year-old daughter to England to see whether his well-heeled aunt and uncle might be willing to take her in.

After all, Lady (Emily Watson) and Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) had just adopted another niece whose own mom had passed away. Plus, since Dido and Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) were about the same age, the orphaned girls could conceivably keep each other company. Read the full film review.

From The RoughFrom the Rough

In Theaters: Apr 25, 2014 Wide

Rated PG for mild epithets and mature themes
Running time: 97 minutes
Directed By: Pierre Bagley
Written By: Mike Critelli, Pierre Bagley
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Catana Starks was serving as the female swim coach at Tennessee State University (TSU), when she learned that the school&rsquo;s Athletic Director, Kendrick Paulsen, Jr. (Henry Simmons), was planning to form a golf team. Since golf had always been her first love, she approached him about becoming the new squad&rsquo;s head coach.

Her first hurdle, however, was convincing him that despite being female, she&rsquo;d be able to field and manage an all-male squad. Second, she&rsquo;d have to fill the roster with some promising prospects.  Read the full film review.

A Haunted House 2A Haunted House 2


In Theaters: Apr 18, 2014 Wide

Running time: 87 minutes
Rated R for violence, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, drug use, ethnic slurs and pervasive profanity
Directed By: Michael Tiddes
Written By: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Distributor: Open Road Films

A Haunted House, an irreverent spoof of Paranormal Activity, co-starred Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins as Malcolm and Kisha, a couple whose home was invaded by demonic forces. Along the way, Kisha, became possessed by the devil and turned on exasperated Malcolm, despite an exorcism performed by a priest (Cedric the Entertainer).

All of the above are back for A Haunted House 2, a jaw-dropping sequel which ups the ante in terms of gratuitous gore, sexuality, nudity, profanity and use of the N-word. Nevertheless, the review-proof teensploitation flick is apt to appeal to the same folks who made the original such a runaway hit.  Read the full film review

The Single Moms ClubThe Single Moms Club

In Theaters: Mar 14, 2014 Wide

Rated PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes
Running time: 111 minutes
Drama, Comedy
Directed By: Tyler Perry
Written By: Tyler Perry
Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Fast-food waitress Lytia (Cocoa Brown) survives paycheck to paycheck and has to rely on public transportation to get around. By contrast, Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey), an ambitious executive at a prominent publishing company, has many modern amenities and a luxury automobile at her disposal.

Meanwhile, May (Nia Long) is unemployed but dreams of a career in journalism. Then there&rsquo;s Hillary (Amy Smart), a recent divorcee who&rsquo;s a bit overwhelmed about the prospect of raising her kids alone in suburbia. And finally, frightened Esperanza (Zulay Henao) has been reduced to cowering and hiding from an abusive ex-husband (Eddie Cibrian) who has continued to threaten her long after their separation.   Read the full film review.


In Theaters: Feb 28, 2014 Limited

Rated R for profanity, violence and torture
Running time: 90 minutes
Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: Philippe Caland
Written By: Shintaro Shimosawa, Philippe Caland
Studio: Code Black Films
Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Therapist Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has just published a popular self-help book about the near death experience which helped him turn his life around. He is proud of the fact that after almost perishing in a horrific, alcohol-related car crash in his teens, he eventually not only earned graduate degrees in World Religion and Clinical Psychology but went on to wed his soul mate, Maggie (Sanaa Lathan).

Today, Tommy has a happy marriage and a flourishing practice founded on a spiritual philosophy combining faith and positive thinking. But sadly, his enviable fortunes have proven to be the polar opposite of his wayward brother Ben&rsquo;s (Mike Epps) lot.  Read the full film review.

Life of a KingLife of a King

In Theaters: Jan 17, 2014 Limited

Rated PG-13 for drug use, violent images and mature themes
Running time: 100 minutes
Directed By: Jake Goldberger
Written By: Jake Goldberger, David Scott, Dan Wetzel
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment

Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) was so worried about returning to his neighborhood in inner-city Washington, DC after serving 17 years for bank robbery that he shared his concern with his cellmate Searcy (Dennis Haysbert). The wise, old elder responded by making an analogy between life and the game of chess amounting to the simple suggestion &ldquo;Take care of the king.&rdquo;

He also handed Eugene a chess piece, hoping it might serve as a constant reminder to avoid trouble by employing fundamental game strategy. And that practical piece of advice would come in handy, especially since landing employment would turn out to be quite a challenge, given his criminal record.  Read the full film review.