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New York premiere of 'Brotherly Love'

Marc John Jefferies - New York premiere of 'Brotherly Love' at The AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 - Arrivals - New York City, United States - Monday 20th April 2015

The 9th Annual Music Meets Couture Fashion Show

Marc John Jefferies - The 9th Annual Music Meets Couture Fashion Show hosted by Creative Edge PR held at The Attic Rooftop Lounge - New York, New York, United States - Friday 13th February 2015

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Angela Simmons presents Back to the Basics STYLE360 Spring/Summer 2015 Collections - Arrivals and Inside

Marc John Jefferies - Stars turned out in style to attend the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 as Angela Simmons presents Back to the Basics STYLE360 Spring/Summer 2015 Collections in New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 10th September 2014

New York premiere of 'Henry & Me'

Marc John Jefferies - New York premiere of 'Henry & Me' at Ziegfeld Theatre - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 18th August 2014

25th Anniversary Screening Of 'Do The Right Thing'

Marc John Jefferies - 25th anniversary screening of 'Do The Right Thing' at the closing night of the 2014 BAMcinemaFest at BAM Harvey Theater - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 29th June 2014

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Notorious (2009) Review


Terrible
In hindsight, the thought that a film could have ever done justice to Christopher George Latore Wallace, the Brooklyn-born rapper who went by the names Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G. until his untimely, unsolved murder in March 1997 at the age of 24, was a foolish if exceedingly hopeful fantasy. Would any director possibly be as good at balancing blunt criticism -- of masculinity, poverty, the music industry, the black experience in America and, perhaps most importantly, himself -- and have as big an ego as the late MC? Maybe Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep) but his project never came to pass.

What we are presented instead is Notorious, a dutifully celebratory, profoundly inept retelling of the rise of Wallace from fatherless coke slinger on the corner of Fulton and St. James to the still-praised Shakespeare of hip-hop and best friend to that other don of hip-hop culture, Sean "Puffy" Combs. The film, which is directed by Soul Food helmer George Tillman Jr., opens on the infamous shooting of Wallace outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA. As the first bullet is fired, the screen pauses and the voice of the deceased rapper kicks in and rewinds us back to the beginning of the tale with a 12-year-old Wallace, played by Christopher Jordan Wallace, the son of Wallace and R&B singer Faith Evans, sitting outside Queen of All Saints Middle School in Bed-Stuy, waiting for his mother Voletta (Angela Bassett).

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' Review


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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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Get Rich or Die Tryin' Review


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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 Haunted Mansion Review


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As mechanical as an old Disneyland automaton, "The Haunted Mansion" is the third movie in a year from the Mouse House studio based on one of its own theme park rides -- and while it's certainly no inspired delight like "Pirates of the Caribbean," at least it's not as insufferably brain-dead as "The Country Bears."

Eddie Murphy is at his family-flick hammiest as a typical workaholic Movie Dad in need of a trite examination of his one-dimensional priorities. A sycophantic phony of a real estate agent, he often misses soccer games and anniversary dinners to make a sale, so his wife (Marsha Thomason) and smart-lipped, eye-rolling kids (Marc John Jefferies, Aree Davis) are especially chagrined when he takes a detour during a family outing to try to land the account to sell a cobweb-covered manse out in the boonies.

Scripted for maximum cluelessness, it takes Murphy's clan half the movie to catch on that the house is cursed and its occupants are ghosts, and the other half to realize what any half-astute viewer can ascertain in the first 15 minutes: The family becomes trapped in the house by its dead-by-his-own-hand Edwardian master (Nathanial Parker) because he thinks Murphy's wife is his reincarnated long-lost love who can lift the curse by marrying him.

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