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  • 'Freedom' review: Interwoven tales disappoint

    'Freedom' review: Interwoven tales disappoint
    "Freedom" is nothing if not ambitious. An indie period piece about the Underground Railroad and the English slave ship captain whose change of heart led him to compose "Amazing Grace," it covers enough ground to fuel a TV miniseries.
  • Fearless women rule at Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon

    Fearless women rule at Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon
    The event: At Thursday’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon, Essence Magazine honored actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights"; actress-director Regina King of “Ray,” “Southland”...

    Moving power of love in 'Stop Kiss' confronts brutality

    Moving power of love in 'Stop Kiss' confronts brutality
    At the center of Diana Son's drama "Stop Kiss" is a brutal attack on two women locked in an embrace. The scene is reported rather than graphically dramatized, but the violence clarifies so much about the tentative trajectory of this tenderly observed love...

    Box Office: 'Gone Girl' Edges Out 'Dracula Untold,' 'The Judge' With $26.8 Million

    "Gone Girl," "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" and "Dracula Untold" emerged relatively unscathed from a box office pile up this weekend, while Robert Downey Jr.'s "The Judge" got banged around at the multiplexes. David...

    Film Review: 'Addicted'

    Billed as an erotic thriller but playing more like an R-rated daytime soap, "Addicted" marks a rare but dramatically neutered opportunity to explore a black woman's sexuality onscreen. Based on the breakthrough novel by popular erotica author Zane,...