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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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Six Ways To Sunday Review


Excellent
"A boy's best friend is his mother." Norman Bates is better known for echoing this sentiment, but Norman Reedus's Harry Odum is the one who gets to live it. Perfectly cast as the son of Debbie Harry's overpowering and controlling mother, Harry discovers a faculty for abuse and killing that leads him to join the local mob as a hitman. His escapades go from bizarre to down right hysterical, notably involving Elina Löwensohn as a mob boss's maid with whom he falls in love. Based on the book Portrait of a Young Man Drowning.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Review


Good

"South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" justcan't wait to wiggle out of the restraints put on its television counterpart.In the first 10 minutes of the movie, the cartoon's creators go out oftheir way to assure an R-rating as quickly as possible with a mock-Broadwaymusical number of flatulence and profanity that culminates in a chorusthat goes "Shut your f***ing face, uncle f***er..." to a tuneso peppy you almost can't help but sing along.

(I didn't count, but I'm guessing the F-word is used morethan 400 times in the course of the movie.)

As shamefully funny as "There's Something About Mary" and at least twiceas crude, this latest big screen TV transplant is tasteless, raw and offensiveto be sure. But by the time that opening showtune was over, I was laughingso hard I could hardly breathe. And it only gets funnier.

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Soul Men Movie Review

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

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Movie Review

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Movie Review

"South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" justcan't wait to wiggle out of the restraints put...

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