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Film review: ‘Hands Of Stone’

Film review: ‘Hands Of Stone’

| September 15, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Every boxer is someone’s hero.” It’s a saying that’s been hard to attach to Roberto Durán. Most people assume that he is just an infamous Panamanian boxer who left a match against Sugar Ray Leonard, uttering the words, “No Más (no more).” There’s more to him than that […]

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Film Review: ‘Hell or High Water’

Film Review: ‘Hell or High Water’

| September 9, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “I been poor my whole life. It’s like a disease.” And with that thought in mind, two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk) a divorced dad and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster, “Lone Survivor”) an ex-con, go on a bank-robbing spree in rural, arid West Texas where […]

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Film review: ‘Southside With You’

Film review: ‘Southside With You’

| September 9, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Thought he was just another smooth talking brother?” says an inquisitive Chicago mom. She’s repeating the words her daughter used to describe a colleague she’s meeting for a first date. Never have eight words been so inaccurate. That “he,” is a twenty-something Barack Obama. The daughter is Michelle […]

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Movie review: ‘Suicide Squad’

Movie review: ‘Suicide Squad’

| September 5, 2016

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic “Deadpool” may have raised the bar far too high for the comic-book-turned-film genre. It was fresh, innovative, irreverent, demented, unpredictable, visually alluring, well-acted, written, directed and produced. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” flew in its shadow. And now the much-hyped “Suicide Squad” falls short, too. The […]

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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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