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ilm Review: ‘Miss Sharon Jones!

ilm Review: ‘Miss Sharon Jones!

| August 16, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shakes and their lead singer’s indomitable spirit blend into something very special, heartfelt and familial. […]

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Film review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Film review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’

| July 26, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) The big debate shouldn’t be if this is the best Star Trek film ever. The more interesting conversation is about whether “Star Trek Beyond” is a better sci-fi space adventure film than 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” On most levels, the answer is, “yes.” J.J. Abrams […]

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FILM REVIEW: ‘Nina’

FILM REVIEW: ‘Nina’

| May 24, 2016

Score: 0 percent    By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) If you haven’t picked up a copy of “I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone,” now is a good time to read it and let Simone reflect on her life, with her own enlightening words. If you haven’t seen […]

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A behind-the-scenes look at the filming of ‘Get Hard’

A behind-the-scenes look at the filming of ‘Get Hard’

| April 9, 2015

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic NEW ORLEANS (NNPA)–The comedy “Get Hard,” released March 27, co-stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. The shoot took place in New Orleans. A visit to the film’s production studios in there found Ferrell and Hart deep in their craft of making comedy mountains out of molehills. The plot centers […]

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Find out why ‘Fast & Furious 7′ is the most daring one yet

Find out why ‘Fast & Furious 7′ is the most daring one yet

| April 4, 2015

By Dwight Brown
NNPA Film Critic

Walking into a theater to see the latest “Fast & Furious” episode is like saying hello to an old, well-oiled friend. Great and familiar cast, excellent script, superb production values and the direction is tight as a drum. Can’t say this is the best film of the franchise, because so many of them have been excellent. But it’s easily the most daring. Fasten your seat belts and test the airbags. This one accelerates real fast.

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Film Review: ‘American Sniper’

Film Review: ‘American Sniper’

| January 31, 2015

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “American Sniper,” a well-produced but flawed bio/war/drama follows the armed forces career and subsequent malaise of ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle. He was a legendary sniper who did four tours of duty in Iraq. His steely, icy demeanor gave him a steady aim, but didn’t protect him from the fragile aftermath […]

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Movie Review: ‘The Wedding Ringer’

Movie Review: ‘The Wedding Ringer’

| January 28, 2015

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic In a now infamously leaked email, Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper called comedian Kevin Hart a “whore” because he wanted him to use his huge social media following to promote “Think Like A Man Too,” and Hart wouldn’t do it without being paid more money. Kevin politely responded in […]

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Film Review: ‘Annie’

Film Review: ‘Annie’

| December 30, 2014

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic On the surface, there is absolutely no reason to update the classic Broadway show ‘Annie,’ which was already adapted for the screen in 1982.  But, this multicultural cast redux adds a hip swag to the classic kid’s story. This ‘Annie’ is urban, emotional and fun.  But, far from perfect. […]

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Best films of 2014

Best films of 2014

| December 24, 2014

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic As 2104 draws to a close it’s a perfect time to reflect on noteworthy films, strong performances and the strides that black artists made this past year. It’s also a good time to spotlight the top-quality movies that will vie for Oscars and be released in theaters and on […]

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Film Review: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Film Review: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

| December 18, 2014

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “Exodus: Movement of Jah people! Oh-oh-oh, yea-eah!” chants Bob Marley. In his rousing three-minute song “Exodus,” he presents a more strong and spiritual feel for Moses than Ridley Scott’s 154-minute, whitewashed sword-and-sandals epic. Travel from the north to the south of Egypt and there is a variance of skin […]

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