‘Captain Phillips’ Movie Review

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One of the best films (true story) that I’ve seen this year. Yes, Tom Hanks definitely deserves an Oscar nomination. Even with this being a true story it needed to capture my attention and make me believe that this is happening for the first time; it did. The acting from the Somali pirates (the main two) was quite convincing. Barkhad Abdi portrayed, Muse and Mahat M. Ali portrayed, Elmi…their acting was crisp and riveting. This is a great film and I highly recommend it. By the way, as usual, the Navy Seals ROCK!!!!

5 stars out of 5
PG-13 134 min – Biography | Crime | Drama

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‘Winnie Mandela’ Movie Review

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Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard deliver stellar performances as Winnie & Nelson Mandela. The storyline is told from Winnie’s perspective (in my opinion) yet her faults are depicted as well. I have seen Winnie Mandela in person and I remember her mannerisms…Jennifer Hudson nails this role. I thought Terrance would give a mediocre performance yet I was pleasantly surprised by his great performance. The movie and their performances are Oscar worthy (we’ll see what happens). This film is presented by T.D. Jakes.

4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars
R Biography | Drama | History

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“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” Movie Review

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5 stars is all I’m saying about this movie. Fabulous ensemble cast, great storyline (from the book) and well acted! There’s so much that I can write that I liked about this movie but it would be pages long. Forest Whitaker (Cecil Gaines) should definitely get an Oscar nomination as should the movie. Oprah returns to the big screen and holds her own as Gloria Gaines. Honorable mentions are Elijah Kelley as Charlie Gaines…he added humor to the film; Cuba Gooding Jr. as Carter Wilson;  Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as President and Mrs. Reagan; Mariah Carey has a small role yet it’s intense. Honestly, I thought all of the presidential performances were great. A few emotional scenes. Must see movie!
I’m so proud of Elijah! I had the opportunity of meeting him several years ago and working with him on events in Detroit.

I got a pic with Oprah at Disneyworld’s Grand Floridian Resort where she was staying (I was next door at the Polynesian). That was my first time getting a chance to talk with her for a few minutes (I attended many tapings of the OWS before she retired).


5 stars
PG-13 132 mins – Biography | Drama

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‘Fruitvale Station’ Movie Review

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This is the first film this year that is Oscar worthy! This independent film and a stellar acting performance from Michael B. Jordan (Oscar Grant) have potential for Oscar nominations (in my opinion). This is a true story of the last day of Oscar Grant’s Life. This is a solid film that is powerful; emotional; and a MUST-SEE film. Ariana Neal portrays Oscar’s daughter, Tatiana, and also delivers a great acting performance. Great casting all around for this film. ‘Fruitvale Station’ opened two weeks ago in a few cities across the country…today 7/26 is the national opening date. PLEASE support this film by going to the theatre and making sure your ticket says ‘Fruitvale Station’.

5 stars out of 5
R 90 mins – Biography | Drama

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