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MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS Bring Minneapolis Much Needed HEATWAVE

MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS Bring Minneapolis Much Needed HEATWAVE

By Raymond Jackson It was Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas that brought Motown Records, unheralded success and worldwide spotlights. It is, however, Martha Reeves and her current Vandellas, that continue to glow and shine now; in the new millennium. Returning to The [...]

Top 10 Movies of the Year 2011

By Howard McQuitter II #1 “The Tree of Life” PG-13 Drama 139 minutes Many will find “The Tree of Life” esoteric but it’s enlightening about one man’s story starting in the 1950s and weaving into what is at times a convoluted cinematographic wonder. Directed by Terrance Malick. #2 “Of Gods and Men” PG-13 Drama/History 122 [...]

Melancholia

Melancholia

“Melancholia” Sci-fi/Drama/Art House Cast: Kirsten Dunst (Justine), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Claire), Alexander Skarsgard (Michael), Charlotte Rampling (Gaby), Stellan Skarsgard (Jack), Cameron Spurr (Leo), Kiefer Sutherland (John). Running time:136 minutes. Director: Lars von Trier.  “Melancholia” opens up with the classical [...]

The Descendants

The Descendants

“ The Descendants”(2011) *****       An Hominem Enterprises Drama/Comedy Cast: George Clooney (Matt or Matthew King), Shailene Woodley (Alexandra or Alexis King), Amara Miller (Scottie King), Patricia  Hastie (Elizabeth King),Beau Bridges (Cousin Hugh), Matthew Lillard (Brian Speer), Judy Greer (Julie Speer).Running time: 115 [...]

Drive & Fright Night

Drive & Fright Night

“Drive”(2011) ****1/2 Cast: Ryan Gosling (Driver), Carey Mulligan (Irene), Bryan Cranston (Shannon), Albert Brooks (Bernie Ross), Christina Hendricks (Blance), Ron Perlman (Nino). (R) Running time: 100 minutes.  Director: Nicolas Winding Refn.  Ryan Gosling is just known as ‘Driver’, a stunt driver on Hollywood movie sites.  At [...]

Warrior & Point Blank

Warrior & Point Blank

Warrior (2011) Lionsgate PG-13 rated Running time: 139 minutes Director: Gavin O’ Connor Drama/Sports ****1/2 Cast: Joel Edgerton (Bredan Conlon),Tom Hardy (Tommy Conlon), Nick Nolte (Paddy Conlon), Jennifer Morrison (Tess Conlon), Kevin Dunn (Principal Zito), Denzil Whitaker (Stephon). Three men--two brothers and their [...]

“Poets Poet” in Tribute to Roy McBride

“Poets Poet” in Tribute to Roy McBride

By Louis Alemayehu Roy Chester McBride: Caught Intoxicated on Lilacs & simply simple complicated life. You got caught, I got caught, we got caught... in the web of life That voice... The rhyme and repetition, the rhyme and repetition, the rhyme and repetition... I hear you now, I hear you know, in my brain In my brain, my [...]

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 & The Robber

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 & The Robber

  Harry Potter and The Deadly Hallows: Part 2-2011 **** (Four of five stars) Warner Brothers Rating PG-13 Running time: 131 minutes Drama/Fantasy Director: David Yates Cast: Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), [...]

Brian McKnight at Dakota Jazz “Bridging” Music

By Raymond Jackson and Tamrala Jackson Brian McKnight made a return visit to the Dakota Jazz Club on July 7th, promoting his new cd, ‘Just Me.’ As usual, he gave a startling performance with his brother; Claude McKnight founder of the Gospel a Capella group, Take 6; and two sons, Brian Jr., 21 and Niko 19, as special guests.  You could [...]

Super 8 & 13 Assassins

Super 8 & 13 Assassins

Super 8 ****1/2 Paramount Pictures PG 13, Running Time 112 minutes Director: J.J. Abrams Cast: Kyle Chandler (Jackson Lamb), Elle Fanning (Alice Dainard), Joel Courtney (Joe Lamb), Noah Emmerich (Nelec), Ron Eldard (Louis Dainard), Glynn Turman (Dr. Woodward), Riley Griffiths (Charles), Ryan Lee (Cary), Zach Mills (Preston), Gabriel Basso [...]

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