Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.
Comics and rappers have praised Moore as a pioneering influence over the past few decades, and Dolemite Is My Name is a celebration of a singular talent who made his own legend. From director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Empire); Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. O.J. Simpson); and the producing team of Oscar and Golden Globe nominee John Davis (Ferdinand, Joy), Golden Globe nominee John Fox (Joy) and Eddie Murphy.
The film features an all-star supporting cast — including Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell, Tasha Smith — plus costumes designed by Academy Award winner Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther).
The film is available to stream now on Netflix.
Voice assistants become life coaches in Jexi
When a twenty-something writer is forced to upgrade his phone, an artificially intelligent life coach comes with his new device.
Adam Devine brings his witty and goofy charm to the upcoming movie, Jexi. The film, which will be coming to cinemas on 22 November, is an American romantic comedy about a writer who is addicted to his phone. What could possibly go wrong with this very relevant, present-age obsession?
We’re introduced to Phil (Adam Devine); a single, twenty-something who has a major dependency issue and is addicted to his cell phone. To his detriment, he has no real friends, has not yet been able to establish himself within the journalism workforce, and finds himself grasping at straws writing ridiculous pop culture “Top 10” lists.
When Phil breaks his phone, however, he is forced to get an upgrade, which comes with an unusual and unexpected feature: Jexi (Rose Byrne) an Artificially Intelligent (AI) life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader. Through her unconventional help, Phil begins to ‘get a life’ and becomes less and less dependent on his phone.
As the plot unfolds, we see Jexi transform into a technological nightmare as ‘she’ orchestrates a series of outrageous ploys determined to keep Phil all to ‘herself’ – even if it means ruining his chances of finding success in any area of his life.
This film stars a cast of comedy actors including Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Michael Pena and Wanda Sykes.
Modern horror films to stream this Halloween
In preparation for Halloween on Thursday, BRYAN TURNER has selected four modern horror films to stream for a terrifying Halloween night.
It’s time to get spooky for Halloween, but you won’t need to get into a costume to celebrate. Grab some popcorn and Halloween candy, and use your streaming device of choice to watch these spooky movies.
Hereditary (2018, now on Showmax)
Features themes of demons and evil supernatural forces. Gory and disturbing.
Delve into the mind of writer-director Ari Aster as he brings something fresh to the horror genre. The film is reminiscent of Rosemary’s Baby, one of the best horror films of all time, and features a similar psychological deterioration that the audience gets to witness. Aster is quickly becoming one of the most prolific writers in horror.
The film focuses on Annie Graham (Toni Collette), who tries to separate her family from dark forces that try to break her family apart. These supernatural forces follow her and her two children as it causes them to encounter tragic and disturbing occurrences. True fans of psychological horror would be doing themselves a disservice not watching this film.
It won 43 awards, including Best Film at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards in 2018, and Best Kill at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in 2019.
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