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October 25, 2013

'Fifth Estate' is third-rate entertainment

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As a drama, this production entertains, although the aforementioned dampens the enjoyment. It only appeals because it presents a mysterious figure. In this aspect, audiences may look for clues to understanding Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. This is the film’s resounding moment of charm. Disappointingly, it fails to create persuasive characters to maintain that charm.   
Grade: C+ (A tolerable domain.)
 
“I’m in Love with a Church Girl” (Drama: 1 hour, 58 minutes)
Starring: Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins, Adrienne Bailon and Stephen Baldwin
Director: Steve Race
Rated: PG (Thematic elements, violence, some suggestive content and brief language)
 
Movie Review: Miles Montego (Atkins) is a wealthy man. He has a past. He was a major drug trafficker who turned legit. The good part is he has left that life behind. One day, he meets Vanessa Leon (Adrienne Bailon), a devout Christian. They fall in love, but an unreligious Montego’s past may interfere with their relationship.
The first rule of casting a movie is having a cast that can actually act. While Atkins and Bailon are passable with respect to the ability to be everyday people, they are far from compelling as lead actors.
“Church Girl” spends a great deal of time being overly preachy. This is primarily through Bailon’s character. She continuously spouts biblical passages during romantic scenes. She is only missing a choir. Atkins attentively listens. Both have little chemistry.
Watching their performances, one can easily become agitated. Director Race should have yelled cut on the first scene and dismissed the cast. He should have also asked for a rewrite. The story and cast are not sound story telling.                
Grade: D (Not in love with this movie.)
 
“Carrie” (Horror/Science-Fiction: 1 hour, 39 minutes)
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Portia Doubleday
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Rated: R (Gory violence, disturbing images, profanity and some sexual content.)

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