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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
43% Gridiron Gang (2006) "Gang" doesn't excel by abandoning formula, it succeeds by making the formula work for the film, not the other way around.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2006
47% Idlewild (2006) If "Harlem Nights" and "Moulin Rouge" had a baby, it would be the entertaining, uneven but delightful "Idlewild."‐ BET.com
Posted Aug 24, 2006
27% Waist Deep (2006) lets it's booming gangsta rap soundtrack cover up the sad truth that the film doesn't have a real message.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2006
75% Superman Returns (2006) For young children, and a lot of grown folks, superheroes signify a basic good in their lives -- something "Returns" doesn't forget and, in fact, honors.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2006
84% Akeelah and the Bee (2006) . . . uniquely thrilling as we watch a young Black girl come alive, not through song or dance but on her own mental steam.‐ BET.com
Posted Apr 28, 2006
62% ATL (2006) ATL relishes the fact that most people don't bother to know Black teenager's dreams and hopes, and takes its time to show them in loud, vivid color.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2006
86% Inside Man (2006) Inside Man is not only one of Spike Lee's best films to date but also his most sure-fire attempt at catching that elusive mainstream audience.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2006
2/4 25% Madea's Family Reunion (2006) Is "Madea" a postive move? You bet. Positively insulting to anyone who's graduated middle school and read at least one book since.‐ BET.com
Posted Feb 28, 2006
83% Serenity (2005) Serenity is damned entertaining and packed to the gills with instantly engaging characters.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2005
32% The Gospel (2005) . . .the movie never reaches the promised land.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2005
39% Man on Fire (2004) For those who flinched at watching Denzel go crooked in "Training Day," you may want to hide under your seat as he goes absolutely twisted here.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted May 13, 2004
23% Van Helsing (2004) It's "Hellboy" with a better pace, but a less likeable, slightly less-human character. ‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted May 13, 2004
29% The Punisher (2004) For a film about bloody revenge, "The Punisher" is about as mean-spirited as a box of "Hello Kitty" stickers.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) It's the original "Volume" turned down, so that you can hear the considerably larger amounts of dialogue. ‐ BET.com
Posted Apr 16, 2004
49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) Despite Gibson's efforts to hide Caviezel's European heritage behind a prosthetic nose and darkened eyes, Jesus comes off looking like all other movie depictions-Whitewashed.‐ BET.com
Posted Feb 27, 2004
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Excellent as they may be, the first two films are really opening acts for Return of the King, which expertly knocks down all the pins set up for it.‐ BET.com
Posted Dec 17, 2003
13% Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003) Cannon doesn't play the new Alvin as just cool, but as a bad caricature of cool - like a White guy playing a Black guy or what a Black adult THINKS Black kids look like today‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2003
66% The Last Samurai (2003) For all its offensive racial assumptions, stereotypes and White wish fulfillment, it's hard to deny the comfortable narrative of the reluctant hero.‐ BET.com
Posted Dec 5, 2003
13% The Haunted Mansion (2003) At this point, you can't really be mad at Eddie for making kid movies seeing as his adult career done dried up long ago (did YOU see "I Spy," "Pluto Nash" or "Showtime?").‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2003
14% Gothika (2003) the moment you start rubbing two brain cells together, you might find that "Gothika" could be the first big misstep of Berry's post-Oscar career.‐ BET.com
Posted Nov 21, 2003
36% The Matrix Revolutions (2003) "Revolutions" is so huge in scope and concept that I almost feel like I'm cheating you out of a proper review as I don't think my brain has finished processing it yet. ‐ BET.com
Posted Nov 5, 2003
84% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) But perhaps the film's greatest achievement is not its celebration of cult film, but the fact that Tarantino has apparently found the street cred he's been searching for as he doesn't use the N-word even once.‐ BET.com
Posted Oct 10, 2003
65% Out of Time (2003) But Washington hasn't made a movie like this in a long time, and those hoping that "Time" will be on par with director Carl Franklin's other Denzel detective flick "Devil in a Blue Dress," should be prepared for something a bit different.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2003
70% The Rundown (2003) "The Rundown" ends up feeling like the first mainstream action flick with Black heroes and a stereotypical White sidekick. That alone is worth paying full price.‐ BET.com
Posted Sep 26, 2003
43% The Fighting Temptations (2003) In the end, "Temptations" is neither as funny as "Barbershop" or warm as "Soul Food" and actually works best as a soundtrack than a night at the movies.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2003
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico (2003) Unlike the original "El Mariachi" or "Desperado," there is much more to the plot here and those coming simply to see endless showdowns may feel overwhelmed by the abundance of characters, twists and double dealings.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2003
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) At best, "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" is a woefully un-funny and unnecessarily sappy remake of Adam Sandler's dopey yet hilarious "Billy Madison." At its worst "Dickie" is a Pauly Shore film with David Spade stuck in it.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2003
16% Civil Brand (2003) After two smart acts, the film almost becomes the exploitation flick it so desperately wants to avoid.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2003
23% Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) Unfortunately, like the first film, "Creepers 2" loses its grip on real terror once we see the monster sprout wings and fly about like a leftover special effect from "Jurassic Park."‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2003
9% Marci X (2003) Watching Damon Wayans and Lisa Kudrow kiss, repeatedly, is simultaneously the grossest and most subversive thing I have seen in a long time.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2003
41% Freddy vs. Jason (2003) It's stupid and slightly insulting to those with more than two brain cells to rub together, but don't tell that to the untold thousands who've been waiting to see this movie for the last seven years.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2003
6% Gigli (2003) No matter which way you pronounce it, 'Gigli' is the Italian word for a 'mediocre film brought down J.Lo and Ben haters.'‐ BET.com
Posted Aug 1, 2003
23% Bad Boys II (2003) To criticize 'Boys' would be like spanking your toddler for saying a naughty word at a dinner party. Was it too loud? Maybe. Inappropriate? Probably. But your soul must be dead if you didn't enjoy it.‐ BET.com
Posted Jul 18, 2003
17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) For all the high-brow literary humor and engaging action scenes, the film gains no momentum and instead cruises along content to have you marvel at its potential.‐ BET.com
Posted Jul 11, 2003
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Having no expectations, or even low expectations, works like charm here as "Pirates" successfully sneaks up on you and catches you digging all the swashbuckling, wisecracking and walking skeletons.‐ BET.com
Posted Jul 9, 2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) "Reloaded" knows that adding Jada Pinkett-Smith, Harry J. Lennix, Nona Gaye, Harrold Perrineau, Jr., Roy Jones, Jr. (Yes, that Roy Jones, Jr.) and even Cornel West to the cast won't turn away White audiences.‐ BET.com
Posted May 15, 2003
85% X2: X-Men United (2003) Storm falls victim to the same trap that so many other Black characters in ensemble casts fall into - we'll call it the Geordi Laforge factor.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted May 2, 2003
31% Malibu's Most Wanted (2003) Malibu gets to the heart of the manner by showing that sometimes Blackness is just an act - a collection of style, slang and movement being packaged and sold to everyone via three-minute music videos.‐ BET.com
Posted Apr 18, 2003
21% Basic (2003) a film that has not one, not two but three separate "ah-ha!" moments, which would be excruciating if not for the saving graces of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson's relentless charisma.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2003
7% Boat Trip (2003) Far too much of the film plays like a bad episode of "Three's Company," where assumptions and half-heard conversations reign and no one acts like a real human being.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2003
30% Dreamcatcher (2003) In fact, having already read the book may be the best reason to see "Dreamcatcher," a wildly, schizophrenic jumble of genres best enjoyed with a little foreknowledge.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2003
34% Bringing Down the House (2003) The real star of "Bringing Down the House" - Queen Latifah's enormous breasts. Latifah's bosom not only symbolizes the non-threatening, Black femininity that ultimately comforts White folks, but it also serves its main purpose of nurturing White folks in‐ BET.com
Posted Mar 7, 2003
25% Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) Though good action and DMX's improved acting makes "Cradle" the best of the hip-hop/kung fu flicks, the movie still plays like a rehash of bad ideas.‐ BET.com
Posted Feb 28, 2003
44% Daredevil (2003) In the end, the film's faults don't necessarily outweigh its triumphs. Instead, you feel like you've been cheated out of a really good time simply because the filmmaker's didn't have the guts to try something new.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2003
23% Biker Boyz (2003) Alas, the movie takes itself too seriously, too often and is ultimately unsure if it wants to be a bike flick, a hackneyed father-son drama or an expose on Black biker culture. In the end it doesn't achieve any of the goals successfully.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2003
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) When the battle sequence finally hits, your sore butt cheeks will feel vindicated.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2002
39% Maid in Manhattan (2002) Honestly, at this point in Lopez's career I no longer expect her to marry or co-star with Latino men, but surely there are other White men J.Lo's core audience would enjoy fantasizing about.‐ BET.com
Posted Dec 13, 2002
38% Star Trek - Nemesis (2002) This isn't the worst way to be put to pasture, but the crew may want to hang on for one more episode if they can.‐ BET.com
Posted Dec 13, 2002
82% Drumline (2002) Perhaps it's cliche to call the film 'refreshing,' but it is. 'Drumline' shows a level of young, Black manhood that is funny, touching, smart and complicated.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Where "Stone" was a pretty bauble all dressed up with nowhere to emote, "Secrets" is a genuinely scary sequel that remembers to bring its heart along, too. Scratch that. It brings its guts.‐ BET.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2002