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Mamet's Classic Play Lives On It 'About Last Night' Remake [Trailer]


Kevin Hart Paula Patton David Mamet Joy Bryant Michael Ealy

Of course, it's the same every year. On the weekend of February 14, you'll stroll into the cinema and - oh look! - alongside the regular blockbusters are a bunch of romantic-comedies that have had little to no promotion. On the most romantic of weekends, the studios simply don't need to spend millions on marketing. Cinemagoers want something stress-free, something funny, something romantic. About Last Night is one of those movies.

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'About Last Night' Stars Kevin Hart [L] and Regina Hall [R]

A modern reimagining of the classic play from David Mamet, and a remake of the 1986 movie with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, this new movie stars Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant as couples searching for love.

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Joy Bryant - The Pan African Film & Arts Festival Premiere Of "About Last Night" - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 11th February 2014

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Joy Bryant - Los Angeles premiere of 'About Last Night' - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 11th February 2014

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Joy Bryant - HBO Golden Globe Awards 2014 After Party held at Circa 55 - Red Carpet Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

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Joy Bryant - The Weinstein Company & Netflix 2014 Golden Globes After Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. 12th January 2013. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 13th January 2014

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Joy Bryant - 15th Annual Warner Bros and InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals held at the Oasis Courtyard at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

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Joy Bryant and Nikki Reed

Joy Bryant - ELLE 20th annual Women in Hollywood celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 22nd October 2013

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Joy Bryant - 2013 People StyleWatch Denim Party at Palihouse in West Hollywood - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 19th September 2013

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Susan Kaufman, Joy Bryant and Stephanie Sladkus
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Joy Bryant - Celebrities attend Sixth Annual Television Academy Honors at Beverly Hills Hotel. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 10th May 2013

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Joy Bryant - Sixth Annual Television Academy Honors at Beverly Hills Hotel - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 9th May 2013

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Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard and Joy Bryant - Kristen Bell, Joy Bryant, Dax Shepard, Bradley Cooper and guests Tuesday 14th August 2012 at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Hit & Run' at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live

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Hit and Run Trailer


When Charlie Bronson, a bank robbery getaway driver on a witness protection programme, jeopardizes his life to take his beloved fiancée to Los Angeles, his past comes knocking at his door in the form of his old best friends who want their money after being released from an 8 month prison sentence. Charlie's abrupt escape leads to a frenzied sequence of car chases involving his former friends, gangsters and the police, not to mention Charlie's fiancée's shock and rage at finding out that he hasn't been honest with her.

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Haven Review


Weak
The island of Grand Cayman is truly breathtaking, and the new drama Haven wastes no time in showing off the tucked-away coves of white, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of its setting. It's too bad that it doesn't stick to pining after the picturesque, and instead goes for a lackluster and muddled portrayal of island social strife and petty melodramas.

Haven is told using the intersecting tales of numerous characters that is so popular with the ambitious, film school-groomed set who have seen Rashomon a few too many times. In one narrative strain, there's the jovial American businessman (Bill Paxton) who wants to give up his shady practices and go straight; his pretty princess daughter Pippa (Agnes Bruckner), still fresh from her 18th birthday; his foul-mouthed attorney, Allen (Stephen Dillane), tired of making money for other people; Allen's scantily-clad, put-upon secretary (Joy Bryant); and a sleazy local small-time hood who takes a shine to Pippa and decides to introduce her to the local drug scene. Almost entirely unconnected is Shy (Orlando Bloom), an easygoing local fisherman who has to keep his love affair with young Angela (Zoe Saldana) a secret from her wealthy, domineering father and her violent thug of a brother (Anthony Mackie).

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Get Rich Or Die Tryin' Review


Very Good
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's meteoric rise to superstardom has been attributed to many different things; one could name check Eminem or Dr. Dre or point to changing hip-hop tastes. But 50 Cent's monopoly on rap culture has less to do with who produced his last album than the life that actually produced him.

A thinly veiled biopic of 50 Cent's road to gangsta rap success, Get Rich or Die Tryin' is at times a wildly successful portrait of human perseverance and at others a weakly plotted study in cinematic cliché.

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The Skeleton Key Review


OK
Set in and around Louisiana's swampy back waters, The Skeleton Key dabbles profusely in Hoodoo, American folk magic that's different - and supposedly less harmful - than the religion-based Voodoo. Tell that to Ben Devereaux (John Hurt), a bed-ridden and muted stroke victim who believes his immobility and speech impediments are attributed to a curse placed on his dwindling spirit.

Ben's doting wife, Violet (Gena Rowlands), begrudgingly hires hospice worker Caroline (Kate Hudson) to assist her with her husband's medical needs. The registered nurse, burned out by the poor quality of care in New Orleans' choice hospitals, is eager to assist a patient on her own terms. The longer Caroline stays in the Devereaux's dilapidated mansion, though, the more convinced she becomes that the Hoodoo that we do is no good.

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Antwone Fisher Review


Excellent
Quiet, small-scale, and self-contained dramas such as Antwone Fisher can be powered in one direction or another by the smallest detail. For title character (and real person) Fisher (Derek Luke), a sailor serving in the U.S. Navy, it's an ill-advised fistfight with a fellow officer that sparks his emotional odyssey. The outburst is sudden, swift, and virtually unprovoked. The resulting path to redemption is alternately slow, painful, inspirational, and satisfying for Fisher as well as the audience.

Following his scuffle, the Navy hustles Fisher into therapy, where the man's true demons - and the film's true purpose - can be explored. Fisher is observed by superior officer Dr. Jerome Davenport (Washington), who is given three sessions to dig up the root of his new patient's moody swings. The normal teacher/student routines set in, largely characterized by Fisher's initial resistance and Davenport's tough love.

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Baadasssss! Review


Good

"Baadassss!" is Mario Van Peebles' fond commemoration of his cantankerous father's bull-headed cinematic audacity. An unblinking, if slightly golden-toned, account of the making of Melvin Van Peebles' violent, dark, gritty and groundbreaking "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song," it's a clear labor of love, and so much the better for it.

"Sweetback" -- a "ghetto Western" about a slick, taciturn pimp who becomes a hunted man for killing a couple thug cops who beat a black militant -- scared the hell out of Hollywood, yet its success ($15 million in limited release in 1971) gave rise to scores of shallower imitators that became the blaxploitation genre of "Coffy" and "Shaft."

Getting the divisive, patently anti-establishment film made was a nightmare of financing and bounced checks ("Baadasssss!" implies that drug money was to be used before Bill Cosby stepped in), of casting (writer-director Melvin played the lead when he couldn't find the right actor), of union problems (the industry guilds were practically all-white at the time -- and expensive), of controversy (an X rating), and of distribution (only two privately-owned theaters would touch it at first).

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Antwone Fisher Review


Very Good

Most "inspiring true story" movies have their truth panel-beaten into a prefabricated formula and served up like a Sunday School lesson. But "Antwone Fisher" is something special. Part old-fashioned Hollywood up-by-the-bootstraps plot and part angry young product of the ugly underbelly of foster care, it's a film that delves far deeper than expected and packs a real emotional punch.

Antwone Fisher is a first-time screenwriter who sold his autobiographical script while working as a security guard on the Sony Pictures lot. But that was the end of a long journey that began with his birth in prison two months after his father was murdered. His early childhood was spent in an orphanage, where his mother failed to come claim him when she was released. His adolescence was spent being beaten, berated and sexually abused at the hands of his foster family in a Cleveland ghetto.

His teens were spent in reform school and on the street after his foster mother gave him $67 and dumped him off at a men's shelter. And when the film catches up with Fisher, he's a quiet and modest but defensive Navy petty officer with a hair-trigger temper who has just been busted down to seaman and docked $200 a month for six months after beating up another sailor.

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About Last Night Trailer

About Last Night Trailer

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Hit & Run Movie Review

Hit & Run Movie Review

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Hit and Run Trailer

Hit and Run Trailer

When Charlie Bronson, a bank robbery getaway driver on a witness protection programme, jeopardizes his...

Haven Movie Review

Haven Movie Review

The island of Grand Cayman is truly breathtaking, and the new drama Haven wastes no...

Get Rich or Die Tryin' Movie Review

Get Rich or Die Tryin' Movie Review

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's meteoric rise to superstardom has been attributed to many different things;...

Bobby Movie Review

Bobby Movie Review

Filmmakers go overboard all the time, but none more than Oliver Stone. When Stone released...

London Movie Review

London Movie Review

There are basic things that constitute a successful script by Hollywood standards. Remember, I said...

Get Rich or Die Tryin' Movie Review

Get Rich or Die Tryin' Movie Review

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Baadasssss! Movie Review

Baadasssss! Movie Review

Baadasssss! is a rollicking, high-energy, and monumentally-titled film re-creation of the trials and travails of...

The Skeleton Key Movie Review

The Skeleton Key Movie Review

Set in and around Louisiana's swampy back waters, The Skeleton Key dabbles profusely in Hoodoo,...

Antwone Fisher Movie Review

Antwone Fisher Movie Review

Quiet, small-scale, and self-contained dramas such as Antwone Fisher can be powered in one direction...

The Skeleton Key Movie Review

The Skeleton Key Movie Review

A first-rate concept for a spine-tingling tale of voodoo, hoodoo and possible hauntings in the...

Baadasssss! Movie Review

Baadasssss! Movie Review

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