Southside With You

Note: With Southside With You in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.

Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise has sparked dozens of imitations, some better than others, but Southside With You is almost certainly the first time it’s inspired a biopic based on a sitting U.S. president. Written and directed by Richard Tanne, the gentle indie romance chronicles the charmed first date of Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers), then a summer associate at a Chicago law firm, and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter), then a second-year associate and his mentor at the same firm.  Read More »

Southside With You

As Barack Obama’s time in the White House draws to a close, a new indie drama looks back at an early turning point in his life. Set in 1989, Southside With You follows Barack (Parker Sawyers), a law firm associate, and his colleague Michelle (Tika Sumpter), on an afternoon out together — and though she insists it’s not a date, we in the future know better. It plays sort of like a Before Sunrise for the political set, full of meandering walks and thoughtful conversations and loads of romantic chemistry. Only unlike with Before Sunrise, we know exactly what happens to these characters after the credits roll. Watch the Southside With You trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Ride Along 2 trailer

This weekend’s Straight Outta Compton takes us back to Ice Cube‘s roots as a gangsta rap pioneer. This week’s Ride Along 2 trailer brings us back to his present as an actor (among other things) who’s really good at playing cranky cops.

The action-comedy sequel reunites Ice Cube’s James with Kevin Hart‘s Ben, who is now a full-fledged cop. The two stumble onto a big case that takes them to Miami, where Ben proceeds to screw things up as usual. Director Tim Story and co-star Tika Sumpter return, Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, and Sherri Shepherd tag along for the ride. Watch the Ride Along 2 trailer after the jump. Read More »

Get On Up trailer

Hot on the heels of this morning’s first-look image, Universal has released the first Get On Up trailer. The Tate Taylor-directed biopic stars Chadwick Boseman — last seen playing another American icon, Jackie Robinson, in 42 — as James Brown, tracing his journey from poor street kid to the Godfather of Soul.

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd also star. Watch the video, and check out a big bunch of high-res images, after the jump.

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Ride Along

Ice Cube is so good at playing a no-nonsense cop, he’ll get to do it in two separate and unrelated movies next year. We got a trailer for one of those, 22 Jump Street, earlier this week. Now the other one, Ride Along, has released a new trailer as well.

The comedy stars Kevin Hart as an aspiring cop who wants to propose to his girlfriend (Tika Sumpter). But before he can do that, he has to get the blessing of her older brother (Ice Cube). Eager to scare him off, Cube invites Hart on a ride-along; equally eager to impress, Hart readily accepts. Then the night spirals crazily, and hopefully hilariously, out of control. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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Ride Along

After playing one of the most memorable supporting characters in 21 Jump Street, Ice Cube is getting a buddy-cop comedy of his own.

That header image probably tells you everything you need to know about the dynamic at the center of Ride Along, but in case you need more detail: The comedy stars Kevin Hart as Ben, an aspiring cop who wants to ask his girlfriend (Tika Sumpter) to marry him — much to the irritation of her big brother James, a tough Atlanta PD officer. In an effort to scare him off, James invites Ben to prove himself on the worst ride-along ever. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Sparkle remakes the 1976 film of the same name that was a fictionalized story of a Motown girl group inspired by the Supremes. But the reason most people will be paying attention to the film now is that it features the final screen appearance of the late Whitney Huston. The singer plays mom to three sisters (Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) who take to the stage to make their fortune as singers. It seems like Huston mostly plays a supporting role, with a few big scenes here and there, and the just-released trailer for Sparkle doesn’t try to make the film out to be hers alone.

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