Hollywood Shuffle

BB (out of 5) Robert Townsend does a fantastic job of taking Hollywood to task for its narrow portrayals of African Americans in the movies throughout the decades; it’s a shame that the quality of his movie isn’t up to par with the message, but that doesn’t mean you’ll regret watching it. He’s thoroughly likable…

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Poetic Justice

BB (out of 5) John Singleton made history by becoming, at the tender young age of 24, the youngest nominee for the Best Director Oscar for his debut feature Boyz N The Hood and the first African-American to be recognized in that category (he remained the only one until Lee Daniels scored a nomination for…

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Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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What’s Love Got To Do With It

BBBB (out of 5) Tina Turner’s volatile relationship with Ike Turner is brought to the screen with exceptional skill, thanks mostly to the two brilliant performances in the leads. Laurence Fishburne is charismatic and brilliant as the equally charming, equally acidic Ike, whose abuse of Tina (a sensational Angela Bassett) led her to divorce him after…

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The Princess And The Frog

BBBB (out of 5) Anika Noni Rose contributes gorgeous singing and a delightful voice performance as a hard-working New Orleans waitress at the height of the jazz age, who dreams of one day opening up her own restaurant. On the night that a rich heiress, and her childhood friend, is to meet a prince (Bruno…

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