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“Chi Raq”: Fails! Should have succeeded

“Chi Raq”: Fails! Should have succeeded

BY HOWARD MCQUITTER II On the one hand, Spike Lee puts a spotlight on the serious problem in Black America: staggering murders among African Americans, particularly the young, mainly with young black males being both perpetrator and victim the bulk of the time. On the other hand, “Chi Raq,” the title of his most recent film, too often swings [...]

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

By Howard McQuitter II Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)  **** DreamWorks. Animation/Adventure/Family Cast: Ty Burrell (Mr. Peabody, voice), Max Charles (Sherman, voice), Ariel Winter (Penny Peterson, voice), Leslie Mann (Patty Peterson, voice), Guillaune Arestos (Robespierre, voice), Lauri Fraser (Marie Antoinette/Egyptian Woman, [...]

Philip Seymour Hoffman: July 23, 1967- February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman: July 23, 1967- February 2, 2014

One of Hollywood’s most gifted actors and reaching today’s rare status of an actor’s actor, Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman, died of an overdose of heroin in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday, February 2,2014, the same day as Super Bowl XLVIII. He was 46. A most unfortunate fate for an actor with immense talent loved by studios, critics and [...]

Howard’s Top Ten of 2013

Howard’s Top Ten of 2013

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)  ****1/2 Focus Features. Drama Cast: Matthew McConaughey (Ron Woodroof), Jared Leto (Rayon), Jennifer Garner (Dr. Eve Saks), Dallas Roberts (David Wayne), Steve Zahn (Tucker), Griffin Dunne (Dr. Vass). Running time: 117 minutes. Director: Jean-Marc Vallee. Back in the early 1980s when the AIDS disease [...]

Gravity

Gravity

Gravity  *****  Warner Bros. Science Fiction/Adventure/Thriller  Cast: Sandra Bullock (Ryan Stone), George Clooney (Matt Kowalski), Ed Harris (Voice from Houston). Running time: 91 minutes. Director: Alfonso Cuaron Doctor Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is lost in space. a feeling of terror and possible loss of life and fellow astronaut [...]

The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster By Howard McQuitter II “The Grandmaster” (2013)  **** 1/2 Drama/Action/Adventure Weinstein Company  Cast: Tony Leung (Ip Man),Chen Chang (The Razor), Ziyi Zhang (Gong Er), Zhao Benshan (Ding Lianshang), Hye-Kyo Song (Zhang Yongchen), Xiao Sherr Yang (San Jiang Shui). (PG-13) Running time: 130 minutes. [...]

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Lee Daniels’ The Butler” ***** Weinstein Company Biography/Drama Cast: Forest Whitaker (Cecil Gaines), Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines), Elijah Kelley (Charlie), David Oyelowo (Louis), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Carter Wilson), Terrence Howard (Howard), Lenny Kravitz (James Holloway), James Marsden (John F. Kennedy, Vanessa Redgrave (Annabeth [...]

This Is The End & The Lone Ranger

This Is The End & The Lone Ranger

“This Is The End” (2013) This is the End Columbia Pictures. Comedy/Action/Adventure/ Horror. Cast: James Franco (Himself), Jonah Hill (Himself), Seth Rogen (Himself), Craig Robinson (Himself), Michael Cera (Himself), Jay Baruchel (Himself), Danny McBride( Himself), Emma Watson (Herself), Channing Tatum (Himself).  (R) Running [...]

Sightseers

Sightseers

Sightseers (2013) ***** “Sightseers” Cast: Alice Lowe (Tina), Steve Oram (Chris), Richard Glover (Martin), Eileen Davies (Carol). Running time: 88 minutes. Country: UK. Director: Ben Wheatley. Studio Canal  Drama/Thriller/Dark Comedy  “Sightseers” is an uneasy comedy intertwined into one of the darkest of comedies. [...]

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