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Times Movie CriticWhen his mother dies after a long illness, Mercer White (Lou Taylor Pucci) steals a beat-up old Volvo from a carwash and takes off on the great American hipster road trip. Mercer is in search of his long-lost, half-Mexican half-brother, Arlen, whom he...
Life in the United States was hard for a man like Chester Himes, a proud, nonconformist rebel and mulatto whose mother, often mistaken for white, demanded respect even to the point of armed combat. There's that great scene in his book "The Third...
WGN NewsDark Girls - Platinum - Halloween Costumes - Rabbi Shmuley - Schoolhouse Rock - Steven Brill - Doyle & Debbie Show - Billy Corgan - Ziggy Marley Monday, October 10 Dark Girls Screen and discussion with Bill Duke Tonight 7:00 p.m. DuSable Museum 740...
Orlando Sentinel Movie CriticNot Easily Broken is a marriage-in-crisis melodrama baked from the Tyler Perry recipe. Take a good-looking, mostly African-American cast, put them in an affluent setting, paint the characters in broad "symbolic" strokes, place the marriage in jeopardy,...
Tribune criticBishop T.D. Jakes, head of a megachurch in Dallas, has a wife, five kids, 30,000 flock members and a long line of books to his name, among them "Mama Made the Difference: Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me." He wrote the novel "Not Easily Broken" with...
Tribune arts critic2½ stars (out of four) Gangster pictures and their contemporary gangsta-picture brethren can get away with murder as long as they placate the right people en route to the bank. As a sop to industry watchdog Will Hays, the original, peerlessly lurid...
Times Staff WriterNothing encapsulates "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " better than the notorious billboard image of star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson with a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. It was a bad idea to promote that likeness near schools, but it certainly tells...
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Zap2It.comLet the healing begin. Allow me to tell you a story: It's a simple tale of girl meets TV show. Girl falls in love with TV show. Girl feels betrayed by TV show. Girl forgives TV show and decides to give show another chance. Once upon a time there was a...
Zap2It.comOnce "8 Mile" made all that money -- and moved that soundtrack, and won that Oscar -- there was no doubt that someone else would try to launch a rapper as a movie star. And on the face of it, the life story of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is one hell of a...
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Times Staff Writer"National Security," a funny, raucous action comedy, effectively teams Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn in a film that's both laugh out loud funny and surprisingly subtle. Lawrence's Earl Montgomery is so overzealous an LAPD cadet that he gets drummed out...
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TIMES FILM CRITICFriday February 5, 1999 "Parker steals. Parker kills. It's a living." Or so claimed the paperback blurb copy for the series of drop-dead hard-boiled novels about a nerveless professional criminal that Donald Westlake wrote in the 1960s and '70s...
FOR THE TIMESSaturday March 17, 2001 The Steven Seagal experience returns to the multiplexes after a two- to three-year absence. Its star allegedly has spent the intervening years slimming down and buffing up. Still, while every hair remains resolutely...
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