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  • FILM REVIEW: By Dwight Brown

    Dwight Brown|Apr 25, 2019

    Little is a guilty pleasure. The guilt comes as you watch a 14-year-old actress (Marsai Martin, Black-ish) behaving like a lustful 38-year-old female who flirts with a middle school teacher.It's kinda pervy. Or when an executive assistant (Issa Rae, HBO's Insecure) points to her nether regions and gives aman a sexy stare. Fine for adults to see, but do tweens need to look at that? The pure pleasure comes when you laugh at the extremely funny and very animated performances by Martin, Rae and the... Full story

  • Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral By Dwight Brown NNPA, Newswire Film Critic

    Dwight Brown|Mar 7, 2019

    Madea's loyal fans have two choices. They can say goodbye to their eccentric Aunty by attending her touring play or wish her adieu at a movie theater. Judging by what's on screen in this anemic family comedy, the live performance is a better bet. It's more thoughtful and a hell of a lot funnier. Before the grande dame makes her final entrance, her folks are gathered at a posh Atlanta house to celebrate the 40thwedding anniversary of a matriarch Vianne (Jen Harper) and her husband Anthony (Derek... Full story


    Dwight Brown, NNPA Contributor|Nov 29, 2018

    This follow up to the very popular boxing film Creed (worldwide gross $174M) throws a lot of left hooks, right jabs and uppercuts, but only a few connect and none land a knockout punch. Count on the mass appeal (young, old, urban, male and female) of Creed II to put viewers in seats this holiday season. But, will they enjoy what they see? Yes, somewhat, if patience is one of their virtues. There's a key difference between the first and the second chapters in this franchise. The exceptional... Full story

  • The Hate U Give

    Dwight Brown, NNPA Columnist|Oct 11, 2018

    The phrase "The Hate U Give Little Infants F-s Everybody" gave the hip-hop group T-H-U-G-L-I-F-E its name. The sentiment fromTupac Shakur (and other group members, Big Syke, Stretch, Mopreme Shakur, The Rated R and Macadoshis) was that the kids you ignore or deride turn into young people who will be a stone in your shoe. Writer Angie Thomas used that mantra as a title for her bestselling book The Hate U Give, which is inspired by the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009 in Oakland, California... Full story

  • Night School

    Dwight Brown|Oct 4, 2018

    It's a match made in heaven - well maybe Atlanta - that's where this film was shot. Kevin Hart, the rich, diminutive comic strongman shares the silver screen with the breakout star, and his former protégé, the very cray cray Tiffany Haddish. There's a great potential for outrageous, side-splitting humor and for the most part the duo lives up to that billing. Expectations are also high because director Malcolm D. Lee is at the helm, fresh off his gigantic success with Girls Trip. The whacky s... Full story

  • BlacKkKlansman

    Dwight Brown|Aug 16, 2018

    You just can't make this stuff up! A Black detective infiltrates the White racist Ku Klux Klan. When? Where? Why? How? If you want to know the details and want to be entertained while you catch up on this bit of Americana history, just set aside 2 hours and 14 minutes and watch this screen adaptation of the memoir "Black Klansman." It's a very true and eclectic story about a brave man and a very gullible bunch of bigots. In the mid '70s, Detective Ron Stallworth broke the color barrier at the... Full story