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Old Dogs Review


Terrible
To call this comedy a disaster is an understatement. It's aggressively awful, and manages to push its worst gags so numbingly off the scale that we're left slack-jawed in disbelief. Amazingly, the cast members just about get out alive.

Charlie and Dan (Travolta and Williams) are old pals and partners as sports publicists. Charlie is a relentless bachelor, teasing Dan about his impulsive, brief Vegas marriage to Vicki (Preston) eight years earlier. What neither of them knows is that Vicki gave birth to Dan's twins (Ella Bleu Travolta and Rayburn), and now she needs him to watch them for two weeks. Nutty antics ensue as these cute kids upset these men's life, dragging them off for a weekend camping trip and of course slowly winning them over in the process.

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Soul Men Review


Good
It's a damn shame. As a stand-up Bernie Mac had no equal. He even made a winning transition to television with his hit semi-autobiographical sitcom. But as an actor, success as the lead in a major motion picture seemed to elude him. Sure, Mac made appearances in such monster hits as the Ocean's franchise and Transformers, but his contributions were as a supporting, not starring role. That's why it's a shame he had to die before Soul Men could hit theaters. Under the watchful eye of growing genre ace Malcolm D. Lee, Mac finally finds a main character to match his oversized abilities. While not his actual swan song, it becomes a fitting (if ironic) finale.

During their heyday in the late '60s/early '70s, Marcus Hooks (John Legend) and the Real Deal -- Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac) and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) -- were R&B icons. But as with most legendary acts, acrimony led to a split-up and solo work. Hooks was a smash. The Real Deal had one hit, and then faded into obscurity. When death takes the famed frontman away from the world, VH1 decides to hold a tribute concert, and the Deal's former manager (Sean Hayes) is selected to secure their participation. Unfortunately, Henderson is living in an upscale retirement community, while Hinds is trying to put his life back together after a stint in prison. Refusing the offer at first, they finally embark on a five-day cross-country road trip. Playing pick-up dates along the way, they hope to make it to New York's Apollo before the final curtain falls.

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Bernie Mac Saturday 9th August 2008 Comedian BERNIE MAC has died after losing his battle with pneumonia. The 50-year-old passed away on Saturday (09Aug08) morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. News of the actor's illness emerged last week (01Aug08)

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Bernie Mac, Chicago and Vanity Fair Friday 6th July 2007

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Bernie Mac, Chicago, David Letterman, The Late Show With David Letterman and Ed Sullivan Theatre Monday 19th March 2007

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Bernie Mac - Wednesday 27th June 2007 at Mann Village Theater Westwood, California

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Bernie Mac - Bernie Mac, George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Ellen Barking Chicago, Illinois - at Vanity Fair's premiere of Oceans 13 Friday 6th July 2007

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Ocean's Thirteen Review


Very Good
The jazzy music, saturated-to-bleeding colors, and even the credits font make it clear from the outset: Ocean's Thirteen is more variety show than heist thriller. The gang of thieves from Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve is re-assembled, and while their new scam is more of a group effort than the scattered riffing of Twelve, its building-block cons are as cool and varied as ever.

Returning to the stage, the Ocean crew: Rusty (Brad Pitt) puts on scraggly facial hair to play a seismologist. Linus (Matt Damon) prepares to seduce a casino employee (Ellen Barkin), a task that, he insists, requires a prosthetic nose. Basher (Don Cheadle) mostly minds a giant piece of construction equipment, but impersonates a motorcycle daredevil on the fly as an elaborate distraction. The brothers Malloy (Casey Affleck and Scott Caan) are off to Mexico. George Clooney's Billy Ocean, as usual, acts as ringleader, which means a lot of standing around looking fabulous in suits, as well as one spectacularly well-timed eyeroll.

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Bad Santa Review


Excellent
Director Terry Zwigoff launched a career with his debut film, Crumb, the disturbing yet fascinating documentary about cult comic book artist Robert Crumb. It's rumored that in order to get Crumb to agree to have a biopic, Zwigoff threatened to kill himself if Crumb refused to cooperate. Then the film festival hero went on to direct the fantastically negative, critically acclaimed Ghost World. From those dark beginnings comes Bad Santa, Zwigoff's idea of a Christmas movie, and it's nothing less than you'd expect. Finally, misanthropes have a holiday film of their very own.

In the role he was born to play, Billy Bob Thornton is the bad Santa, a.k.a. Willie Stokes, a chain-smoking, bourbon-guzzling con man who can't utter a sentence without a curse word. Willie and his little-person friend Marcus (Tony Cox) travel from city to city each holiday season, running the same scam: Willie and Marcus play Santa and elf for cut rates, and then Willie cracks the store/mall's safe on Christmas Eve, stealing enough money for them to skip town. But until the big Eve heist, Marcus has to keep the drunk, stumbling, foul-mouthed Santa from "boning" women in the dressing rooms and pissing himself in the Santa chair before passing out, so they can keep their jobs.

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Life Review


OK
Rather lukewarm for balls-out Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence comedy, Life tells the story of two 1930s black men wrongly sentenced to life in prison for murder. That's just brimming with comedy potential, no? Well, Life isn't so sweet, as Murphy and Lawrence spend much of the movie trading insults and slapfighting like children. It isn't until they become old men and we reach present day that the characters are very likable. In other words: This is not Shawshank.

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.

Head Of State Review


Good
There's a chance Al Gore might have wrestled the presidency from George W. Bush in 2000 if he could've mustered 1/100th of the charisma and common sense Chris Rock displays as politician-for-the-people Mays Gilliam in Head of State. An alderman serving the toughest neighborhood in Washington, D.C., Gilliam is selected by an unidentified liberal party to run for president when their candidate dies in a plane crash. The political pundits know Gilliam's chances are slim, but they hope he'll attract minority support so their frontrunner (a well-cast James Rebhorn) can cruise to victory in 2008.

Once on the campaign trail, though, Gilliam discovers that he's in tune with the people and ready to be the country's next leader. Encouraged by his brother (Bernie Mac) to speak his mind, Gilliam climbs the public opinion polls, courts a headstrong hottie from his 'hood (Tamala Jones), and puts a scare into his opponent - the incumbent Vice President (Nick Searcy) who keeps reminding us he's "a war hero and Sharon Stone's cousin."

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Head Of State Review


OK

Smart, sharp political satire it's not. But Chris Rock's "Head of State" -- the comedian's directorial debut in which he plays a black man running for president -- mixes a few stinging zingers into its generally crowd-pleasing brand of snickers and knee-slappers.

When asked if he'll step in for the Democratic candidate who died when his plane and his running mate's plane "crashed into each other over Virginia," Mays Gilliam (Rock), a Washington, D.C. alderman, has a split-second flash forward to being shot at his inaugural address before even finishing the line "My fellow Americans..." But he accepts the nomination anyway.

He's provided a specially trained, sworn-to-secrecy "super whore" -- a post-Clinton perk devised to help Democratic candidates avoid sex scandals.

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Bernie Mac

Date of birth

5th October, 1957

Date of death

9th August, 2008

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.89


Bernie Mac Movies

Old Dogs Movie Review

Old Dogs Movie Review

To call this comedy a disaster is an understatement. It's aggressively awful, and manages to...

Old Dogs Trailer

Old Dogs Trailer

Watch the trailer for Old Dogs Dan and Charlie are middle-age best friends; they work...

Soul Men Movie Review

Soul Men Movie Review

It's a damn shame. As a stand-up Bernie Mac had no equal. He even made...

Ocean's Thirteen Movie Review

Ocean's Thirteen Movie Review

The jazzy music, saturated-to-bleeding colors, and even the credits font make it clear from the...

Oceans Thirteen Trailer

Oceans Thirteen Trailer

Oceans Thirteen Trailer StreamWhat are the odds of getting even?Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and the...

Bad Santa Movie Review

Bad Santa Movie Review

Director Terry Zwigoff launched a career with his debut film, Crumb, the disturbing yet fascinating...

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Movie Review

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Movie Review

Angels fight in slow motion. Angels show skin in slow motion. And most importantly, Angels...

What's the Worst That Could Happen? Movie Review

What's the Worst That Could Happen? Movie Review

Martin Lawrence is not funny. For the proof just turn to his newest film,...

Mr. 3000 Movie Review

Mr. 3000 Movie Review

Anyone who doesn't believe that the script is the foundation of a movie should check...

Ocean's Twelve Movie Review

Ocean's Twelve Movie Review

Danny Ocean and his crew of master thieves are back on the hunt in Ocean's...

The Original Kings of Comedy Movie Review

The Original Kings of Comedy Movie Review

Spike Lee has the uncanny ability of dropping his audience into exciting, possibly unfamiliar, territory...

Head of State Movie Review

Head of State Movie Review

There's a chance Al Gore might have wrestled the presidency from George W. Bush in...

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