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Film Review: Ava DuVernay’s ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Resonates by Valuing Truth Over Melodrama

Middle of Nowhere
HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Ava DuVernay’s Sundance award-winning drama “Middle of Nowhere” is a confident, engaging drama strengthened by genuine, moving performances, particularly the stunningly good one at its center from Emayatzy Corinealdi. The movie sometimes falters due to some melodramatic, on-the-nose dialogue, but there’s an honesty, compassion, and genuine quality here that’s too often missing from adult dramas. It’s a striking debut.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Sparkle’ With Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 30 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of “Sparkle” starring Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green!

Slideshow: 19-Image Gallery of ‘For Colored Girls’ Starring Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton

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From left to right: Anika Noni Rose (as Yasmine), Kerry Washington (as Kelly), Janet Jackson (as Jo), Kimberly Elise (as Crystal), Phylicia Rashad (as Gilda), Loretta Devine (as Juanita), Tessa Thompson (as Nyla) and Thandie Newton (as Tangie).

CHICAGO – This 19-image slideshow contains all of the official press images for the highly-anticipated “For Colored Girls,” starring Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, and Whoopi Goldberg. The film was written and directed by Tyler Perry. It will be released on November 5th, 2010.

TV Review: Tricia Helfer Brings Color to TNT Cop Drama ‘Dark Blue’

CHICAGOTNT’s hit-and-miss cop drama “Dark Blue” returns tomorrow night, August 4th, 2010 with a great pair of episodes featuring the addition of the always-excellent Tricia Helfer of “Battlestar Galactica,” but the improvements aren’t merely in the supporting cast, as the first two hours of season two hint at the opposite of a sophomore slump.

DVD Review: First Season of TNT Cop Drama ‘Dark Blue’

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CHICAGOTNT’s “Dark Blue” has theatrical caliber production values, tight editing, and impressive action set-pieces for a TV show. It also has cliched characters, hackneyed dialogue, and plots that stretch suspension of disbelief far past the breaking point. The strong performances and crisp pacing often make the cliches easier to bear but the first season features as many missed shots as direct hits.

Slideshow: 23-Image Gallery For ‘Kick-Ass’ With Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage

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Aaron Johnson stars as Kick-Ass

CHICAGO – This 23-image slideshow contains all of the official press images for Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass” with Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloe Grace Moretz, Omari Hardwick, Xander Berkeley, Michael Rispoli, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Evan Peters, Jason Flemyng, and Nicolas Cage. The film opens on April 16th, 2010.

TV Review: New TNT Cop Drama ‘Dark Blue’ Has Potential For Explosion

Dark Blue on TNT

CHICAGOTNT on Tuesday launched executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s no-holes-barred cop drama, “Dark Blue”. Like Bruckheimer’s successful predecessors in its genre (“C.S.I: Miami”, “C.S.I. New York”, “Cold Case”, and “Without a Trace”), “Dark Blue” provides captivating crime scenarios, an easy-on-the-eyes cast (including Dylan McDermott of “The Practice”), and just enough suspense to keep engaged.

Slideshow: 20-Image Gallery From ‘Next Day Air’ With Mos Def, Donald Faison

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Donald Faison stars in the comedy Next Day Air.

CHICAGO – This 20-image slideshow contains the official press images for “Next Day Air” starring Mos Def, Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Wood Harris, Omari Hardwick, Emilio Rivera, Darius McCrary, Cisco Reyes, Yasmin Deliz, Lauren London, and Debbie Allen. The film, written by Blair Cobb and directed by Benny Boom, opens on May 8th, 2009.

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