Dwight Brown, Film Critic for DwightBrownInk.com and NNPA News Wire

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Twisters Review

It’s like you’re chasing tornados from the front seat of a roller coaster.

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The Fall Guy Film Review

Telling someone “You have nothing between your ears,” isn’t a compliment. Telling a filmmaker and screenwriter “You have nothing between the action scenes,” also isn’t a compliment. Read on…

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Dune: Part Two

How deep is the sand? How high is the sky? Director/writer Denis Villeneuve knows how to make a throw-down sci-fi epic. He proved that with his captivating production Dune (2021), which won six 2022 Oscars® for cinematography, production design, visual effects, sound, editing and score.

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Bob Marley: One Love

It’s like Bob Marley never left this earth. Credit his infectious music for keeping his legacy alive. When you hear a Marley song, you get a fresh feeling. Like you’re listening to it for the first time, even though you’re not. Forty-three years after the reggae king’s death, his essence, love, wisdom and social concerns are alive and well in his verses, choruses, lyrics and melodies. The power of Marley’s music will lift viewers spirits for 1h 44m, as his story unfolds.

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As We Speak: Rap on Trial – 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Rap lyrics have been used as evidence in more than 700 trials since 1990, and not to the benefit of rappers on trial. To their detriment. It’s time to talk about it.

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Igualada – 2024 Sundance Film Festival

There’s a race issue in Colombia. A class issue too. Add in right-wing leaders who champion the appropriation of land inhabited by people of African heritage, and the mere existence of the well-grounded, social activist Francia Márquez is a miracle. Her ascension, from local hero to presidential candidate, is a transformation worth studying.

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Kidnapping Inc. – 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Any movie that starts with a man being kidnapped and thrown in the trunk of a car knows how to tempt crime/thriller genre fans, from the jump.

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Luther: Never Too Much – 2024 Sundance Film Festival

At a young age, Luther Vandross knew music was his calling and there could be no other day job. Vandross: “I really don’t want a plan B. It's going to be this or I'm going to be 80 years old trying to do this!” That drive and determination is on view in every frame of this enlightening bio/doc along with his silky voice, vocal gymnastics and knack for penning a catchy tune.

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The Greatest Night in Pop – 2024 Sundance Film Festival

How many music stars (45) were in the A&M studio on January 28, 1985, and what was that wattage like the night “We Are the World” was recorded? As one wag put it: “If a bomb lands on this place, John Denver is back on top!”

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