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Anthony Johnson - World Choreography Awards at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre - Arrivals at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 16th November 2015

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Menace II Society Review


Very Good
Life in the hood is pretty bleak, but if you're Caine or O-Dog, it doesn't get much worse than this. The Hughes brothers' widely hailed (and often imitated) ode to life in South Central L.A. is morose and overflowing with violence -- to the point where you'll get blown away just for making a comment about someone's mother. Our hero Caine wants to get away from it all -- but his efforts don't amount for much. In the end, Menace isn't much more than a tragedy about street life -- but it never really makes a point. If this world is so bad, why glamorize it so much? To be sure, it's in an influential and powerful story -- but it comes off as considerably more shallow than the reality it claims to portray.

The Players Club Review


Terrible
Hey! Looking for a wild comedy about the inner workings of seedy strip clubs? Well this isn't it. A hopelessly bad hip-hop drama/thriller, The Player's Club subjects us to the tragic tale of LisaRaye's reluctant stripper, who faces catfights, drug dealers, and other seedy types in this unredeemable story of boo-hoo sadness. Unrepentantly awful and nearly unwatchable.

I Got The Hook Up Review


Terrible
Asinine. Offensive. Unredeeming. Shockingly bad. Stupid. An utter waste of time.

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O Review


OK

William Shakespeare plays reinvented as modern-language high school movies have become a mini-genre unto themselves in the last few years. But the very fact that "10 Things I Hate About You" ("The Taming of the Shrew") and "Get Over It" ("A Midsummer Night's Dream") were comedies gave them some leeway from literary scrutiny. They were, after all, just for fun.

That kind of forgiveness is hard to apply to the awkward alterations that arise in Tim Blake Nelson's "O" -- an update of the treacherous tragedy "Othello," featuring a private school basketball hero standing in for the Moorish general driven to murdering his wife by a malicious, coldly calculating officer in his command.

Mekhi Phifer ("Soul Food," "Clockers") stars as Odin James, an inner-city import to highfalutin Palmetto Grove Academy. Odin has run afoul of Hugo (Josh Hartnett in the Iago role), a hoops teammate silently enraged by the feeling that his utilitarian talents are going unrecognized in Odin's long shadow -- even by the coach, Hugo's own father (Martin Sheen).

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