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A Family Thing Review


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This review is not going to win me many new friends. Already, the gushing praise has begun, and it appears A Family Thing is going to be a regular Critic's Darling. I have little doubt that momentum will give the film the best reviews of the year to date, and I have an equal suspicion that few people are going to see it.

Best described as Driving Miss Daisy 2, A Family Thing is a way-way-melodramatic picture about an aging, backwards, racist, Arkansas hick, Earl Pilcher (Robert Duvall). Earl's mother, on her death bed, writes him a letter, telling Earl that in reality, she was not his mother at all, that his real mother was a black woman, and that she died having him in childbirth. Mom #2 implores him to seek out his half-brother in Chicago, for reasons never really explained.

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Antwone Fisher Review


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Quiet, small-scale, and self-contained dramas such as Antwone Fisher can be powered in one direction or another by the smallest detail. For title character (and real person) Fisher (Derek Luke), a sailor serving in the U.S. Navy, it's an ill-advised fistfight with a fellow officer that sparks his emotional odyssey. The outburst is sudden, swift, and virtually unprovoked. The resulting path to redemption is alternately slow, painful, inspirational, and satisfying for Fisher as well as the audience.

Following his scuffle, the Navy hustles Fisher into therapy, where the man's true demons - and the film's true purpose - can be explored. Fisher is observed by superior officer Dr. Jerome Davenport (Washington), who is given three sessions to dig up the root of his new patient's moody swings. The normal teacher/student routines set in, largely characterized by Fisher's initial resistance and Davenport's tough love.

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Dance With Me Review


Bad
The Tango Lesson meets The Karate Kid. Two hours + of melodrama and dancing dancing dancing danczzzz zzzz zzzzzzzz....
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A Family Thing Movie Review

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