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Morris Chestnut - Celebrities at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 2nd May 2015

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Nicole Friday, Jeff Friday and Morris Chestnut - 2014 American Black Film Festival - 'Think Like A Man Too' Premiere at SVA Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 19th June 2014

Nicole Friday, Jeff Friday and Morris Chestnut
Jeff Friday and Morris Chestnut

Adrienne Janic - ABC's Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies Honors Morris Chestnut at the Mothers's Day Luncheon at Four Season Hotel in Beverly Hills - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th May 2014

Morris Chestnut and Adrienne Janic
Morris Chestnut and Adrienne Janic
Morris Chestnut, Ancornell Ac, Carlton Gebbia and Lisa Brunson Bobbles
Morris Chestnut, Ancornell Ac, Carlton Gebbia and Lisa Brunson Bobbles
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Morris Chestnut and Adrienne Janic

Morris Chestnut and Pam Byse - "The Best Man Holiday" - Los Angeles Premiere At TCL Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 6th November 2013

Morris Chestnut and Pam Byse
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Morris Chestnut and Pam Byse

Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, moMelissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun and Morris Chestnut - The 2013 BET Awards held at Nokia Theatre - Inside - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 30th June 2013

Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Momelissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun and Morris Chestnut
Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Momelissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun and Morris Chestnut
Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut and Nicki Minaj
Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut and Nicki Minaj

Morris Chestnut - Chicago screening of 'The Call' held at the Showplace Icon Theater - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Thursday 28th February 2013

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Morris Chestnut and Halle Berry
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Morris Chestnut and Halle Berry
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Morris Chestnut and Halle Berry

Morris Chestnut - Los Angeles premiere of 'Identity Thief' Los Angeles California United States Monday 4th February 2013

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Morris Chestnut Saturday 4th August 2012 The 10th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Arrivals

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Morris Chestnut and ArcLight Cinemas Thursday 9th February 2012 Premiere Of Screen Gems' Think Like A Man held at the ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome

Morris Chestnut and Arclight Cinemas
Morris Chestnut and Arclight Cinemas

Morris Chestnut Wednesday 6th January 2010 People's Choice Awards 2010 held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

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The Cave Review


Very Good
When I as a kid, there was no better place in Denver than Celebrity's Sports Center. I was not an athletic adolescent -- I spent more time reading books in my bedroom than I did tossing around the pigskin or chasing skirt -- but luckily for me Celebrity's Sports Center wasn't that type of "sports" place. It was a bowling alley/arcade/indoor water slide extravaganza where even the most geeky, awkward child could feel as though he or she was a star. What attracted me most to Celebrity's was the waterslides. There were three: the Dolphin, the Shark, and the Barracuda. Despite its often being referred to as the "baby" slide, or the "slow" one, I most enjoyed the Dolphin. Not because I was a lily-livered wuss, but because it was the one slide with rocky overhangs and waterfalls. For the two minutes that you drafted down the Dolphin you passed through a veritable equatorial jungle, replete with cascades, overhanging foliage and steep cliff faces -- all fake, of course.) And being in that slide, spiraling down to the warm pool, I often imagined myself an explorer making his way to some subterranean kingdom inhabited by monstrous creatures and lovely damsels in distress. (They tore Celebrity's down in the late '90s to make way for a Home Depot. Have people no respect?)

Watching The Cave I had that same feeling. The movie is like a multi-million dollar recreation of my boyhood fantasies on the Dolphin. And despite the many lapses in logic, the ridiculous plot twists, and the sketchy characterizations, I found myself giddy while watching The Cave.

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Breakin' All The Rules Review


Bad
Breakin' All the Rules is about stupid people with problems, meaning what would take you and me five minutes to resolve takes these characters 85 excruciating minutes. The only thing the movie breaks is your patience.

Quincy (Jamie Foxx) is a man with everything -- a good job as a magazine editor, good friends, and a fine woman to whom he's on the verge of proposing. Just as he's about to write a series of guidelines for firing employees, his girlfriend dumps him at their engagement party. Despondent, he quits his job, refusing to fire employees for his spineless boss (Peter MacNicol), and becomes a recluse.

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The Best Man (1999) Review


Very Good
The best text for a film to toy with the "emotional heartstrings" of an audience is undoubtedly the romantic comedy. Broad in its appeal, the filmmaker doesn't have to worry about turning away certain audiences with horror, overblown special effects, or too much action. Romantic comedies are so successful because they parody our fascination with love and all its complexities. They are like rolling along a roller coaster of emotion, poking fun at our society's mores, twisting and turning towards a morally fulfilling conclusion. It's a Catch-22 -- despite the fact that we know what's going to happen in the end, we keep coming back for more, and are continuously intrigued time and again by the molding of a blissful resolution.

The Best Man, directed and written by Malcom Lee, is a prime example of an exhilarating love story that will certainly charm its audience. Well written and fabulously acted, this film hopefully will put some fresh new faces onto the Hollywood scene.

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The Brothers Review


Good
Like many other African-American-targetted flicks like The Best Man and Waiting to Exhale, The Brothers is best when it's trying to be a comedy and comes off as fluffy if not sappy and lame when attempting to teach us more serious lessons about life and love. But this movie about the trials and tribulations of four attractive, successful "buppies" will definitely entertain, and it's sure to rake in the box office cash.

The four "brothers" are commitment-fearing Jackson (Morris Chestnut, who also starred in The Best Man), woman-hating playboy Brian (Bill Bellamy), not-so-happily married Derrick (D.L. Hughley) and reformed womanizer Terry (Shemar Moore). When Terry decides to get married, his boys start sizing up their own lives.

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Like Mike Review


Weak
A cardboard Cinderella story, involving a pair of magic basketball sneakers and the hopes and dreams of an orphaned black youth, the script for Like Mike is about as challenging as getting tickets for a Wang Chung reunion concert. Calvin Cambridge (Lil' Bow Wow) is a short, pigtailed 14-year-old orphan with high hopes of one day playing with the big boys of the NBA. But his diminutive stature and inability to shoot a fade-away jumper over the orphanage's bully Ox (Jesse Plemmons) dent his dreams of stardom. But, the gods smile upon Calvin after he acquires a mysterious pair of old sneakers inscribed with the faded initials "MJ," which received a jolt of magic lightning one stormy night. Never mind the damning fact that previous owner of the shoes is about six feet, six inches in height.

After lacing up the shoes, Calvin ends up on the court of his favorite team, the Los Angeles Knights during a half-time promo, taking on the Knights' star player Tracey Reynolds (Morris Chestnut) in a bit of one-on-one. With the power of MJ in his soles, Calvin fakes left and ends up hitting a 25-foot jumper and then a devastating slam-dunk that stinks of the power of Flubber. The reactions from a stunned crowd inspire the manager of the Knights, Frank Bernard (Eugene Levy), to sign Calvin to a contract as a publicity stunt, without ever intending the play the lucky whippersnapper. But after Calvin hits the game-winning jumper when the tough-as-nails coach Wagner (Robert Forster) hands him the ball - the evil orphan headmaster Bittleman (Crispin Glover) earns more riches wen Calvin's contract is re-negotiated.

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Like Mike Review


Good

By all rights, "Like Mike" should be a lousy movie. Designed as a slap-dash kiddie flick, built around a dumb plot device (magic sneakers turn a young orphan into an NBA all-star) and starring a flash-in-the-pan novelty hip-hopper (Lil' Bow Wow), its overall concept is thick with seemingly predictable, third-hand story elements. Will the kid find adoptive parents? Will his team win the big game? Well, duh.

But director John Schultz ("Drive Me Crazy") doesn't use the shoes as a storytelling crutch (they account for about four minutes of the whole movie), he gets charismatic performances from his cast of talented players, and he beats down almost every encroaching cliché, creating in their stead a smart kids' picture of delightful surprises.

Sure, as the film begins street-smart but endearingly sweet 14-year-old Calvin Cambridge (Bow Wow) is living in a laughably diverse group home (his two best friends are a white boy played by "Jerry Maguire's" Jonathan Lipnicki and an Asian girl played by Brenda Song), where he's picked on by a teenage bully and dreams of being adopted. "Parents only want the puppies," he moans.

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The Best Man Review


OK

An ensemble reunion comedy revolving around an approaching wedding, "The Best Man" is a slightly klutzy charmer about friendship and sex-related secrets within a group of former college buddies.

The lethally handsome Taye Diggs stars in the title role, as a soon-to-be-published author whose new novel contains a barely-disguised passage about a clandestine liaison between himself and a character in his story that rather closely resembles the bride.

The plot: Keep the advanced copy of the book -- entitled "Unfinished Business" and now making its way around the clique gathering for the wedding -- from falling into the groom's hands until after his nuptials, because when he reads what's in there he might change his mind.

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Half Past Dead Review


Unbearable

No, the title of "Half Past Dead" isn't meant to describe the state of one-note, whisper-tough action star Steven Seagal's movie career -- but it wouldn't be far off. The guy has never had the best taste in scripts -- let's face it, any good movies he's made have been flukes -- but this gangsta-styled, ammo-fueled, prison break-in Z-movie could well be the dumbest flick he's ever anchored.

Taking place on a high-tech "New Alcatraz" prison island, where a guard's hand print and voice identification are required to get into cell blocks but the armory doesn't even have a screen door, the plot revolves around prisoner (and deep-cover FBI agent) Seagal leading the inmates in a battle against leather-clad bad-ass invaders from Central Casting who've come to snatch a death row resident -- during his execution -- so he can lead them to a secret stash of gold.

Nothing more than feeble, imitation-John-Woo style slow-mo shoot-outs and kung fu clashes set to a rap and hard-rock soundtrack, this movie has no standards beyond achieving the loudest possible visual volume. Writer-director Don Michael Paul (whose only credits are the script for the insufferable sci-fi motorcycle movie "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" and episodes of trash TV like "Silk Stalkings" and "Pacific Blue") couldn't care less about wooden acting, scenery chewing or gaping chasms in common sense, just as long as the guns stay a-blazin' and the obligatory babe baddie (Nia Peeples) shows a lot of midriff (because tight leather tummy tops are just so practical when parachuting into a penitentiary full of hardened rapists and murderers).

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The Brothers Review


Bad

"You know fellas, I've realized something here tonight. Maybe women aren't the problem. Maybe it's us."

With dialogue that insipid, do you really need to know anything more about "The Brothers" before running as fast as you can away from the movie theater?

An ironically misogynistic, "Waiting to Exhale"-style talker disguised as a male-oriented buddy picture, "The Brothers" is the latest in a string of predictable films about yuppie African-American guys in Hugo Boss suits slowing getting it through their thick skulls that maybe being a player isn't what life's all about. (Think "The Wood," "The Best Man.")

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Ladder 49 Review


OK

The third line of dialogue in "Ladder 49" is the all too familiar refrain "I'm gettin' too old for this s***!" -- an indicator that freshness and originality weren't the highest priority for this firefighter drama built around a post-9/11 brand of sacrificial All-American heroism.

But the formidable opening image of a towering warehouse embraced in the beautiful, horrible tentacles of a furious fire goes a long way toward gluing you to your seat anyway -- especially once fireman Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) is trapped inside by a floor collapse only seconds after saving a civilian's life.

As the injured Jack awaits what may be an impossible rescue, the film revisits in flashbacks his 10 years as a firefighter, husband and father, beginning with his practical-joke-filled first days at his Baltimore firehouse and at his first fire, where for the sake of character arc and moviegoer accessibility he's made to seem a little too inexperienced to be credible.

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Breakin' All The Rules Review


Good

"Breakin' All the Rules" is a tart romantic comedy almost lives up to its (unfortunately trite) title by side-stepping the kind of superficial plot contrivances that drive most movies of its ilk.

Predicated on misunderstandings (but not the kind that require morons for main characters) and manipulation (but not the kind that considers a misogynist's apology to be a happy ending), it's a shrewdly elaborate roundelay of convoluted cross-coupling that is kicked off when mens'-mag editor Quincy Watson (Jamie Foxx) is unceremoniously dumped -- at their engagement party -- by his boom-shake-a-licious fashion-model fiancée (Bianca Lawson).

As a man who recently quit his job because he'd been saddled with the task of figuring out the most psychologically analgesic way of firing people (his boss is paranoid about workplace shootings), the devastated Quincy sits down to write his ex a letter chewing her out for her tactless way of kicking him to the curb. But when his heartbroken dispatch grows and mutates into a best-selling how-to tome for stage-managing a break-up, all his commitment-phobic pals are soon seeking his advice.

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