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Family tragedy turns into ensemble comedy

It is rare to find a movie that is both emotionally draining and riddled with sharp and intelligent humor. But such a feat is possible by pulling together a superb group of actors to tackle a clever script. Such is the case with Kingdom Come. In Kingdom Come director Doug McHenry (House Party 2) uses […]

Best Man successfully combines handsome cast and emotional story

In a time when many movies portray African-American characters as gangsters and drug pushers, The Best Man (Universal Pictures) takes place in a world far away from the hood. The feature film debut of writer/producer Malcolm Lee, Spike Lee’s cousin, encompasses a wonderful cast of career-oriented African Americans who defy negative stereotypes. The Best Man […]

Meaningful lyrics convey message on new album

More than 2.6 million American women live with breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month and in light of this, famous female vocalists contributed their voices to the benefit album Climb Against the Odds (PBS Records/Warner Bros. Records). The compilation is filled with a variety of sounds and meaningful, inspirational lyrics. The first two […]

Double Jeopardy proves entertaining, not thrilling

How many times can you kill one person? According to the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment only once, but in Double Jeopardy (Paramount Pictures), Libby Parsons pushes the idea of the Fifth Amendment to its limit. Libby (Ashley Judd, Kiss the Girls) is coerced by her husband Nick (Bruce Greenwood, Passenger 57) into going on a […]