| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79.
A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Box office observers have long credited Tyler Perry's "Madea" franchise with at least one thing: reliability.
As surely as Christmas comes once a year, a movie with Perry directing himself in drag as the volatile matriarch Mabel "Madea" Simmons is...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:32 PM
This week marked the 50th anniversary remembrance of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. — a notorious, racially motivated crime that killed four little girls and helped gain support for the passage of the Civil...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Move over, Frosty. A quixotic snowman who longs to experience summer handily steals the show in "Frozen," Disney's 53rd in-house animated feature and one of its most classical, with a Hans Christian Andersen pedigree, a full-fledged...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 10:40 AM
The holiday box office exploded this weekend as both "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" topped records held by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" for the biggest three-day and five-day Thanksgiving weekend grosses.
Generating a studio-...
| Nov 26, 2013
** (out of four)
Around the holidays, you could go to church or you could go to “Black Nativity,” a 90-minute sermon posing as a movie.
There’s nothing wrong with a film advocating gratitude and forgiveness, of course. But written...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Time was when Christmas movies were as reliably white as a North Pole winter. Such holiday classics as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" came to define the American cultural psyche during the holidays for decades. Later films set around...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 6:15 AM
Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant and unjustly little-seen biopic that starred Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor and told the story of D.C. deejay Petey Greene. That film was all about the...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Whether you call them "specialty films" or "adult dramas" or "alternatives to blockbusters," it's clear that 2013 is an exceptionally exciting year for films that quicken the pulses of movie fans and ratchet up the stakes for the annual awards season...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:47 AM
Pellom McDaniels III, Ph.D. will speak at an Author Luncheon on Oct. 25 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Harford Community College's Chesapeake dining rooms. McDaniels' biography of Isaac Murphy, "The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy," was just...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant biopic that told the story of radio DJ Petey Greene. That film was all about the power of words. Lemmons' new film, "Black Nativity," concerns good deeds...