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New In Theaters This Weekend – Skip “Abduction” & “Machine Gun Preacher;” See “Thunder Soul”

New In Theaters This Weekend - Skip "Abduction" & "Machine Gun Preacher;" See "Thunder Soul"

3 films opening this weekend that we’ve covered because they involve black talent, whether in front of, or behind the camera…

My feelings towards Machine Gun Preacher are already well-documented, so I won’t rehash (trying to keep the trolls away for a bit). Abduction, directed by John Singleton, doesn’t deserve your $13, and it looks like my feelings towards it match other critics/reviewers who’ve seen it. According to, based on the 34 reviews submitted thus far, Abduction scores a 6% rating. 6%!!! That has to be near some kind of record for a film this high-profile.

The consensus: “A soulless and incompetent action/thriller that not even a veteran lead actor could save, let alone Taylor Lautner.

That about sums it up for me. Sorry Mr Singleton.

Although, the studio and John are already talking franchise for Lautner, meaning, if this does well at the box office, expect to see Abduction 2. And based on the fact that the film enjoys a 78% audience rating, also according to (showing that disconnect between critics and audiences once again), I expect Abduction to open at #1 this weekend. How well it does after that, who knows. Word of mouth could kill it. But we’ll see.

Keep in mind this is John Singleton’s first big screen directing gig since 2005 – 6 long years ago. Cha-ching, I guess.

As for Machine Gun Preacher, its rating isn’t much better; currently, after 31 reviews submitted, it’s at a 16% rating. Not good at all.

Consensus: “There’s a complex man at the center of Machine Gun Preacher but the movie is too shapeless and emotionally vacant to bring his story to life.

By the way, Monique interviewed co-star of Machine Gun Preacher Souléymane Sy Savane, and they discussed the concerns that many of us have expressed with regards to films of this nature. It’s worth reading HERE.

A film that could really use your $13 is the Jamie Foxx-exec produced documentary Thunder Soul, which “follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old Conrad “Prof” Johnson, their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.

The film’s rating so far? 100% with 10 reviews in! Let me say that again, 100%!

The award-winning film debuts in New York this weekend, and will open in additional theaters beginning on October 7, 2011.

So, New Yorkers, you’re encouraged to see it. The rest of you, hopefully you’ll get an opportunity in coming weeks…

Here’s its trailer again:

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I’am in Tx. and I saw tthe Thunder Soul movie and it is a great story funny at times and sad at times but fun all the way. It is totally worth seeing and is why we should fight to keep the performing arts in the inner city schools.


I will certainly see “Thunder Soul” over those two critical flops, I just need to see if it’s playing near me.


So, let me get this straight: “Abduction” is not John Singleton’s follow-up sequel to “Baby Boy”?

M.Brown (this is not spam)

H-Town! AMC Theaters @ Dunvale is screening ThunderSoul. They also have an “A.M. Special”: $6.00 before noon, 7 days/week.

There’s a 10:50am screening this weekend & (looks like) all next week. Check their website to make sure the am time carries over to the weekday.

AMC Dunvale screens lots of independent movies now that the Houston Angelika has closed (boo!). I saw ‘I Will Follow’ there & hoping ‘Yelling to the Sky’ shows up.

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