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January 2005
Week of January 17th through January 21st

Laurence Fishburne and Ice Cube have their hands full this week as each tries to battle his way out of a tough situation. In the new version of "Assualt on Precinct 13", Fishburne plays a criminal who must team up with a cop, played by Ethan Hawke, when other crooked cops want to kill him. Ja Rule and John Leguizamo are also featured in the film, while Ice Cube plays a smooth operator who must "battle" and contend with the kids of a woman (Nia Long) whom Ice Cube wants to date in "Are We There Yet?". Philip Bolden and Aleisha Allen play the kids..

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2004 Golden Globe Winners
Jamie Foxx takes Best Actor Honors at the Golden Globes.

Assault on Precinct 13: Cast Interviews
Ethan Hawke
Ja Rule
John Leguizamo

SUNDANCE 2005 Preview:
Hustle and Flow
Terrence Dashon Howard stars in this John Singleton Production.

Duane Hopwood

The Honeymooners
BET has the first look at the urban version featuring Cedrid, Mike Epps, Gabriel Union and Regina Hall.

Pan American Film Festival
Halle Berry's Lackawanna Blues is the Opening Night Film.

Online Film Critics Society Awards(OFCS)

Coach Carter : Cast Interviews
Samuel L. Jackson

Best of Black 2004
Take a look back at the films and talent that were around in 2004.

January 2005 DVD Releases
Halle Berry, Queen Latifah and Derek Luke electrify the video market respectively with their performances.

V Is for Vendetta
V Is for Vendetta announcement: Natalie Portman takes the lead role.

African American Film Critics Association Announcement
AAFCA has chosen "Ray" as the top film of 2004.

In Good Company: An Interview with Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace
As both of the actors reveal in their answers, the world simply isn’t quite so black and white, old and new, as some might think.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
In a press conference in New York, Murray spoke about his role in “The Life Aquatic” and its director, Wes Anderson.

Wilson Morales's Top Ten Films of 2004

Of the many films I have seen this year (over 250), these are the films I thought were the best of 2004.

Hotel Rwanda: Cast Interviews
Don Cheadle
Terry George and Paul Rusesabagina

Fat Albert: Cast Interviews
Kenan Thompson
Director Joel Zwick

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera: Cast Interviews
Gerard Butler
Emmy Rossum
Andrew Lloyd Webber

One of Hollywood's most celebrated producers, Lee Daniels, took a moment to speak about how he came into the film industry, and his upcoming films, The Woodsman, and Shadow Boxer, which is his directorial debut.

Million Dollar Baby: An Interview with Morgan Freeman
Freeman explains that working in Hollywood means living in a constant state of career uncertainty, and unequivocally proves that he’s every bit as scrappy as the characters he plays on the silver screen.

Sundance 2005
Here's a list at the films selected for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival from January 20-30, 2005.

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Latest Review Additions:
Coach Carter (in Film )
The performances by the cast are appealing enough that it overshadows the clichéd story.
Elektra (in Film )
It’s so poorly written and executed; I could spend an hour pointing out the gaping holes in the plot.
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (in Film )
It’s fascinating to see the subtle change from disaffected man to dangerous individual and
Sean Penn makes the transition look effortless.
In Good Company (in Film )
Well written and entertaining, Quaid and Grace provide the perfect balance between drama and comedy.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (in Film )
Carrey is having a wonderful time playing all sorts of characters, but his ubiquitous presence takes away from the heart of the story, which is about the kids and their adventures.
The Woodsman (in Film )
Thanks to good screenplay and a tight direction and superb performances from the cast, The Woodsman is a bold and nerve racking film that will leave you haunted at the end.
Catwoman (DVD Review) (in Film )
While nothing has change on the DVD like a Director's Cut or something,  the DVD DOES OFFER SOMETHING WORTH NOTING.
Mary J. Blige (DVD Review) (in Film )
This DVD is a must for any Mary J. Blige aficionado.
The Phantom of the Opera (in Film )
Helmed by veteran director Joel Schumacher, the screen version is a lavish spectacle that's sure to thrill some and disappoint others, but it's good enough to be well worth the price of admission.
The Aviator (in Film )
With DiCaprio as Hughes, Scorsese may finally walk on the podium and collect the golden statue. Not only is "The Aviator" is stunning and entertaining, but everyone in the cast from Leonardo on down is outstanding.
Million Dollar Baby (in Film )
Believe me folks; this is no female version of “Rocky”. It’s much more than that, for Eastwood, Swank, and Morgan Freeman each give out a dose of great acting in this powerful and moving film.
Hotel Rwanda (in Film )
"Hotel Rwanda" is one of the most powerful films to come out this year. Don Cheadle has always been a good actor but with this film, he has raised his own bar to excellence.
The Sea Inside (in Film )
Amenabar does a phenomenal job as writer and director.  He puts himself alongside the great Spanish directors with his work on The Sea Inside.
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