OPENING THIS WEEK
For movies opening August 9, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Some of the most brilliant people I’ve ever interviewed have been dyslexic, including film directors like Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects), Joe Wright (Anna Karenina) and Guy Ritchie (Snatch), as well as matinee idol Channing Tatum, who opened up to me about the pain he felt about his grades in school until he found fulfillment in a number of artistic pursuits such as dance, sculpting, painting, photography, and of course, acting.
[caption id="attachment_17749" align="alignleft"]photo credit to © BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.[/caption]Ato Essandoh
The “Copper” and “Elementary” Interview
Hypnotizing audiences as D’Artagnan, the slave who was mauled to death by dogs in “Django Unchained,” Ato Essandoh stars as Dr. Matthew Freeman in the 2nd season of BBC America’s highest-rated series premiere ever, “Copper.” Born in Schenectady, New York on July 29, 1972, Ato also returns as the fan-favorite former carjacker and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) possible replacement, Alfredo Llamosa, in CBS’ “Elementary.”
[caption id="attachment_17710" align="alignleft"]upload.wikimedia.org[/caption]“Elected six times to the House from the state of Georgia, Cynthia McKinney cut a trail through Congressional deceit like a hot ember through ash. She discovered legislators who passed laws without reading them… [and] black-skinned individuals shilling for the white status quo.
[caption id="attachment_17707" align="alignleft"]dropbox.com[/caption]“I was raised in poverty, surrounded by drug dealers, gangs and community violence. My mother was addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. I rarely went to church… [Yet] somehow God’s grace found and saved me when no one and nothing else could…
[caption id="attachment_17653" align="alignleft"]astore.amazon.com[/caption]I was pleasantly surprised by the latest morality play from Tyler Perry, a melodramatic soap opera which I saw in a theater with a crowd that was about 90% black and female. As far as what the sisters thought of the picture, all I needed to hear was the chorus of Amen’s and the robust round of applause during the closing credits.
[caption id="attachment_17586" align="alignleft"]rottentomatoes.com[/caption]Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) and his girlfriend, Sophina (Melonie Diaz), were returning to Oakland in the wee hours of the morning after attending a New Year’s Eve 2009 celebration when their crowded train was stopped by police in response to a report of a disturbance. Oscar was among a number of male passengers ordered onto the platform at Fruitvale Station, where he was initially allowed to sit quietly with his back against the wall.
[caption id="attachment_17545" align="alignleft"]rottentomatoes.com[/caption]FBI Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) has been dispatched to Boston where she’s assigned to apprehend a ruthless drug kingpin. However, her boss is concerned about the uptight, 12-year veteran’s horrible habit of rubbing her relatively-relaxed colleagues the wrong way.
[caption id="attachment_17543" align="alignleft"]rottentomatoes.com[/caption]Move over Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey and Katt Williams, the hottest black comic around right now is Kevin Hart. The diminutive, 5′ 2″ funnyman has skyrocketed to the heights of showbiz ladder lately, making myriad memorable performances on both TV and film.
[caption id="attachment_17518" align="alignleft"]rottentomatoes.com[/caption]“World War Z”
After a career spent risking his life on location in international hotspots like Bosnia and Liberia, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) recently resigned from a dangerous post at the United Nations to devote himself to his family. As the story unfolds, we find him assuring his wife (Mireille Enos) and young daughters (Sterling Jerins and Abigail Hargrove) that he quit his job to spend more quality time with them as a stay-at-home husband and father.