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Oct 07th

James Cameron’s box office bonanza arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray

James Cameron’s box office bonanza arrives on DVD and Blu-RayAvatar - DVD Review

James Cameron wrote the script for Avatar back in 1994, but was unable to turn his vision into a movie until now because, as he explains it, he had to wait for technological innovations to catch up to his expectations of the 3-D spectacular. The eagerly-anticipated adventure revolves around a socially-relevant story so thoroughly compelling that its nearly 3-hour running time flies by in a flash. Furthermore, this cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked military might and corporate greed also features a tenderhearted cross-species romance.

Expose’ uncovers Cronyism at heart of N.J. Public Education System

Expose’ uncovers Cronyism at heart of N.J. Public Education SystemThe Cartel - Film Review

I got the shock of my life soon after graduating from college when I tried teaching in an inner city public school. I was totally unprepared for an educational system which had already failed the students entering my high school English classes. Since I had only attended parochial schools, I was unfamiliar with the practice of awarding social promotions which sent functional-illiterates on to the next grade even though they had never learned to read.

Before I left to look for another line of work at the end of the year, I never really received an adequate answer from the head of my department as to why I was being forced to pass 90% of the kids in my class, when less than a third had mastered the material. What good would it do them to get a diploma, if they couldn’t really read, write or do basic arithmetic?

Roland reflects on Obama’s historic run for the White House

Roland reflects on Obama’s historic run for the White HouseRoland Martin; “The First” Interview

Between Barack Obama’s declaring his candidacy for the Presidency and Election Day 2008, Roland Martin filed hundreds of reports about the campaign in his capacity as a political correspondent for CNN and TV-One Networks, as well as a radio talk show host and a nationally-syndicated columnist. Furthermore, Martin was also occasionally afforded access to Obama for intimate, 1-on-1 interviews. So, it only makes sense that he would decide to publish “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin,” a book recounting Obama’s historic run for the White House.

Tyler Perry & company in Bahamas for battle-of-the-sexes

Tyler Perry & company in Bahamas for battle-of-the-sexesWhy Did I Get Married Too

For years, four very close couples, friends since college, have been taking an annual vacation together to luxurious getaway spots to reconnect, reminisce, and reflect on the state of their marital relationships. Their previous reunion at a Colorado ski lodge proved very eventful, especially for the emotionally-abused Sheila (Jill Scott), who eventually summoned up the courage to dump her openly-unfaithful husband, Mike (Richard T. Jones), a creep brazen enough to bring his mistress along.

This go round, these unusually-introspective revelers made reservations at an oceanfront resort in the Bahamas, where just as much melodrama is about to unfold. But this time Mike’s the third wheel, because Sheila’s now remarried to Troy (Lamman Rucker), the local cop who rescued her like a knight in shining armor in a blizzard back in the Rocky Mountains.

Bittersweet Flashback Flick Follows Orphan’s Tragic Trajectory

Bittersweet Flashback Flick Follows Orphan’s Tragic TrajectoryWomen's Prison

Julie Ann (Gemma Lee) spent her formative years watching her mom (Katie Madonna Lee) suffer the wrath of her father’s violent outbursts. Eventually, Susan Mabry decided enough was enough, and split, taking her young daughter in tow. The two proceeded to take refuge in a series of seedy motels in a futile attempt to stay a step ahead of the venomous monster. But eventually, the creep did manage to track them down, whereupon he murdered his wife in cold blood.

The sudden loss sent the traumatized little girl’s life into a downward spiral, setting off a chain of events from which she would never recover. For despite the fact that she was subsequently adopted by her Aunt Marsha (Kelly Daisy) and Uncle Vic (Paul Frye), a couple of Bible-thumping Evangelicals, Julie Anne continued to find herself plagued by further dysfunction during her adolescence, mostly at the hands of malevolent males.

“The Best of Broadway” comes to West Broadway

“The Best of Broadway” comes to West BroadwayThe Capri Theater’s “Legends” series marks another first with “Down on Broadway,” two live performances on April 17 and 18 that will be recorded for CD release. Dennis Spears, the artistic director of the “Legends” series, headlines the show, with Sanford Moore on piano, Jay Young on bass, Daryl Boudreaux on percussion and Steven Jennings on drums. The song list will include hits from Funny Girl, Showboat, The Wiz, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

These live recordings will fulfill the idea that came to Spears during dress rehearsal for the first concert he directed at the theater three years ago, “Classic Capri,” which led to the creation of the “Legends” series.  “I have to do a recording in this space!” said Spears.  “From day one I realized that the Capri is, acoustically, a performer’s dream.” 

Spears said he developed the title “Down on Broadway” after the Manhattan Broadway. “This big, beautiful space is bursting with gifts,” he said.  Using the concert as the basis for his first CD in six years is also a natural. “I like the spontaneity of a live recording.  I’m a live performer.  I’ll be pushing the audience to push me,” said Spears.

Haunted House on Remote Island Serves as Setting for Old Fashioned Fright Flick

Haunted House on Remote Island Serves as Setting for Old Fashioned Fright FlickThe Black Waters of Echo’s Pond

Ever since the Scream trilogy so successfully parodied the horror movie genre, few directors have dared to try to make a traditional scary movie featuring all the tried and true conventions. But with The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond, Gabriel Bologna has served up an old-fashioned fright flick reminiscent of a Vincent Price classic.

First of all, you have the perfect setting, a spooky Victorian mansion located on a remote island off the coast of Maine. Then you factor in the place’s cursed history, since everyone there had perished 80 years before while playing an evil, ritualistic board game.

Today, Beacon Island has only one inhabitant, Pete (Robert Patrick), a grizzled geezer who patrols the grounds with his trusty gun. The grouchy caretaker has grudgingly agreed to let a group of young people use the house for what they expect to be a fun-filled weekend of imbibing and carousing.
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