Tag Archives: Cedric the Entertainer

First Reformed

As a New York priest (Ethan Hawke) begins to gather his thoughts in a diary, he’s trying to help a man who’s deeply worried about climate change… Paul Schrader’s most lauded movie in years shares many similarities with Winter Light (1963), but fans of the director will recognize his themes and style. The pastor has … Continue reading First Reformed

A Haunted House

THIS $*%! AIN’T PARANORMAL! When Kisha (Essence Atkins) agrees to move into Malcolm’s (Marlon Wayans) home, it doesn’t take long until mysterious things begin to happen; maybe it’s a ghost and maybe it can be caught on video? A spoof of the found-footage genre, the Paranormal Activity movies in particular. Lightweight stuff and very silly; … Continue reading A Haunted House

Cadillac Records

FOLLOW THE BEAT TO ITS SOURCE. In 1940s Chicago, Polish immigrant and jazz club entrepreneur Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) gets involved with a record label and starts signing black artists that will change the history of rock ‘n’ roll… Darnell Martin’s chronicle of the rise and fall of Chess Records invites us into the lives, … Continue reading Cadillac Records

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

WIG OUT. In a desperate attempt to get back to New York City, runaway zoo lion Alex and his friends leave Africa… and end up joining the circus. Not many franchises keep getting better with each new outing, but this one does. Number three would merit a higher rating were it not for the simple … Continue reading Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Larry Crowne

When Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) loses his job at a big-box store, he decides to get a college education and ends up in a public-speaking class taught by the cynical Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts). Hanks’s second film as a director (after that thing you do! (1996)) is an old-fashioned romantic comedy that takes place in the shadow of … Continue reading Larry Crowne

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

STILL TOGETHER. STILL LOST! Our runaway zoo animals try to leave Madagascar on an airplane but crash-lands on the main continent where Alex finds his parents. The title may be completely illogical, but the movie benefits from a few improvements on the original. It is funnier, pure and simple, with dialogue and situations that are somewhat … Continue reading Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Street Kings

THEIR CITY. THEIR RULES. NO PRISONERS.  Alcoholic LA detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is part of a group of cops that tend to bend the rules; as Tom witnesses the murder of a colleague, an Internal Affairs captain (Hugh Laurie) starts watching him. Director David Ayer has experience from the rough streets of South Central, … Continue reading Street Kings

Man of the House

PROTECTING WITNESSES IS A CHALLENGE. LIVING WITH THEM IS IMPOSSIBLE. In order to protect them from assassins, Texas Ranger Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones) moves into a house with a group of cheerleaders who witnessed a murder. Not quite as awful as some of the early reviews suggested, this action-comedy does feature OK performances by … Continue reading Man of the House

Madagascar

TON ON THE RUN. A zebra escapes from the New York Central Zoo in a desperate attempt to find wilderness; he’s reluctantly joined by his best friends. Not all computer-animated movies turn out great, it would seem. This one suffers from lazy writing, with very few good jokes and unimaginative references to other movies. The animation … Continue reading Madagascar

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

THIS HOLIDAY, CHRISTMAS CHEER TAKES A BREAK. Three children lose their parents in a fire and move in with a distant relative (Jim Carrey) who plans to kill them and steal their inheritance. This adaptation of the Lemony Snicket books is a dark and imaginative tale for kids and adults; learning a thing or two … Continue reading Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events