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Film, "Alex Cross": Tyler Perry Finds a Home in Comedic Action Thriller

"Alex Cross": Tyler Perry Finds a Home in Comedic Action Thriller

The action-hero debut of a famous funnyman, the reboot of a neglected cinematic franchise, a strong candidate for dumbest film of the year—there are so many compelling stories surrounding Alex Cross. Alas, its actual script doesn't offer one of them.…
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Film, "Madea's Witness Protection": Tyler Perry's Done Worse

"Madea's Witness Protection": Tyler Perry's Done Worse

With his creation Mabel "Madea" Simmons, here starring in her seventh film, Tyler Perry has built a franchise around barking disciplinarian, commonsense solutions to societal ills — and being that Madea looks like a linebacker in a circus-tent housedress, she…
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Film, "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds": The Only Novelty Is the Setting

"Tyler Perry's Good Deeds": The Only Novelty Is the Setting

Set in San Francisco, Good Deeds is the rare Tyler Perry film—his 11th—not to take place in Georgia. Despite the new location (soon made old after several cutaway shots of cable cars and the Transamerica Pyramid), the storyline will be…
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Film, "For Colored Girls": Tyler Perry mangles Ntozake Shange's play

"For Colored Girls": Tyler Perry mangles Ntozake Shange's play

It's a long, long way from the women's bar outside Berkeley, where Ntozake Shange first presented her combustible choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, in December 1974, to Atlanta's Tyler Perry Studios, where the…
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Film, Summary of a Bad Black Movie

Summary of a Bad Black Movie

First, the good news. Uncharacteristically for a February release targeting African-American viewers, Diary of a Mad Black Woman is not a yuppie romantic comedy featuring Gabrielle Union and Morris Chestnut. Anthony Anderson and Eddie Griffin are nowhere to be seen,…
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