For movies opening Oct. 26, 2012
"Chasing Mavericks" (PG for mature themes and perilous action sequences) Overcoming-the-odds sports saga recounting the real-life adventures of an aspiring teen surfer (Jonny Weston) who enlists the assistance of a local legend (Gerard Butler) to train for one of the biggest waves on the face of the Earth. With Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer and Scott Eastwood (son of Clint).
We're getting down to the wire in this year's race for the White House. In our digital world of sometimes dizzying 24/7 information overload, both political camps are relying heavily on media in its plethora of forms to reach you and influence your vote. As we draw closer to Election Day, you are correct if you think the intensity of the political ads has increased.
Next weekend, "Flight" starring Denzel Washington hits theatres and it will more than likely be another box office hit to add to his resume. Washington plays a pilot who becomes a hero after he crash-lands his plane and saves nearly everyone on board only to see his life take a down turn after it was discovered that he had alcohol in his system.
For movies opening Oct. 19, 2012
"Alex Cross" (PG-13 for violence, nudity, sexuality, drug references and disturbing images) Tyler Perry plays the title character in this cat-and-mouse thriller based on the James Patterson best seller about a revenge-minded police psychologist hell-bent on apprehending a sadistic serial killer (Matthew Fox). Ensemble cast includes Edward Burns, Carmen Ejogo, Cicely Tyson, Jean Reno and Giancarlo Esposito.
Filmmaker Byron Hurt did not have to journey far to find the inspiration for his newest project – "Soul Food Junkies" – which premieres on PBS Jan. 14.
Inspired by his own family's complex relationship with "soul food" – fried chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler and the whole panoply of down-home foods made with grease, sugar and love – Hurt asks whether this diet is nurturing or destroying the African-American community.
With humor and heart, Hurt questions the effects of "soul food" on the health of not only African-Americans but all who guiltily consume this most comforting of American comfort foods.
Viola Davis was born on Aug. 11, 1965 on her grandmother's farm in St. Matthews, S. Car., but raised by her parents in Central Falls, R.I. After earning a degree in theater from Rhode Island College in 1988, she did post-graduate work at the prestigious Juilliard School prior to embarking on a critically-acclaimed professional career. Here, she talks about her new film, "Won't Back Down," a female empowerment saga, where she plays Nona Alberts, a jaded teacher who joins forces with a frustrated single-mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) to turn around an underperforming public school.