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Viola Davis and Terrence Howard make great couple in ‘Prisoners’

Terrence Howard and Viola Davis seen at Warner Bros. Premiere of ‘Prisoners’, on Thursday, Sep, 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images) Warner Brothers Pictures has been on roll lately dropping great summer movies like “We’re the Millers” and “The Conjuring”. Not to mention the highly anticipated film “Gravity,” about Sandra Bullock trapped in outer space, will be released in early October.

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Review: The Spectacular Now surprise hit of summer

The Spectacular Now, adapted from Tim Tharp’s book with the same title, is clever, witty, and the biggest movie surprise of the summer. Set in Athens, GA, Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) faces a broken heart, a new, unexpected love, a turbulent senior year of high school and alcohol dependency. Yearning so much to not be like his unreliable, flighty father, inevitably, he ends up just like him. Sutter totes a convenience store “big gulp” size cup with him everywhere drinking away his fears. He meets a quiet not-so-popular hometown girl, Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley), who changes his look on life as she overwhelms him with love and affection.

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Norman Brown pays tribute to Jackson on latest CD

NORMAN BROWN Michael Jackson has been an inspiration to guitarist Norman Brown. So when friend and musician tenor saxophonist, Kirk Whalum came up with the idea to create an album with trumpeter/flugelhornist Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown celebrating Jackson’s invaluable contribution to the music industry, Brown immediately agreed to be a part of the project.

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Review…The Smurfs are Back!

This publicity image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows from left, Grouchy, voiced by George Lopez, Vanity, voiced by John Oliver and Papa Smurf, voiced by Jonathan Winters a scene from the film “Smurfs 2.” (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Animation) Smurfette (voice by Katy Perry) and her little blue Smurf friends have returned again to save their land from the evil sorcerer, Gargamel (Hank Azaria). Smurfs 2 shows the Winslow family going on another journey to save the Smurfs and their entire existence. Pat and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) recruit their son, Blue (Jacob Tremblay) and Pat’s stepfather, Victor (Brendan Gleeson), to help Papa Smurf and his friends save Smurfette from Gargamel.

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‘The To Do List': Calling the class of 1993!

Do you remember Trapper Keepers, skorts, Home Improvement, Bill Cosby sweaters, or the unstableness of a waterbed? Gas was $1.16 a gallon (no fuel perks) and Bill Clinton was recently elected as the 42nd President of the United States. In 1993, I was 5 years old. But I got a taste of high school in the early 1990s after watching CBS Films The To Do List starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and Scott Porter. Brandy Clark (Plaza) recently graduates from high school and realizes that she’s an inexperienced virgin. After pressure from her promiscuous friends and well-endowed older sister,

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Film Review: Twenty Feet From Stardom ****

by Dwight BrownNNPA Film Critic They can sing a joyful noise. In pitch-perfect harmony. Never missing a beat. Yet they rarely take center stage. Why? Background singers, are the unsung heroes of music. Without them, lead singers sound hollow. Now their voices are heard, in an enlightening documentary that is as illuminating as it is thoroughly entertaining. Back in the day, backup singers just sang the notes on the page. In the ‘60s, a new breed of singer evolved, and these divas sang from the heart. Hard to say who was the first, but certainly, Darlene Love is one of the godmothers of the genre. Says Love, “God gave me this talent and I intended to use it.” Love led the background group the Blossoms, who were introduced to the world on the ‘60s musical TV show Shindig. Love was the one in the center, with the puffy red hair who wailed like a gospel singer but sang rock, pop and soul music. You may not recognized her face, but you know her voice.