The Family Business

Release Date:  5/11/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Crime
Rating:  NR
Director:  Trey Haley
Studio(s):  Urban Books Media, Tri Destined Studios
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Ernie Hudson (L.C. Duncan), Valarie Pettiford (Charlotte Duncan), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Orlando Duncan), Armand Assante (Sal Dash), Nicholas Turturro (Councilman Ronald Sims), Emilio Rivera (Alejandro Zuniga), Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. (Harris Grant), Clifton Powell (Uncle Lou), Tami Roman (London Duncan), Javicia Leslie (Paris Duncan), Christian Keyes (Niles Monroe), Sean Ringgold (Junior Duncan), Sebastian Siegel (Tony Dash), Michael Jai White (Vegas Duncan), James Black (Rob).

Story:   Based on Carl Weber’s The Family Business, first in a series of eight novels, about the travails of the Duncan family.  Ernie Hudson portrays L. C. Duncan, patriarch of the family, who runs a thriving exotic car dealership. When he thinks about passing the leadership reigns to one of his sons, the Duncans quickly come under siege from some of the Top Politicians, Mafia and Drug cartels in the city. The Duncan’s will have to stick together–or die separately.  Source:  Deadline; IMDB.

Kinky

Release Date:  10/12/18; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Jean-Claude La Marre
Studio(s):   Nu-Lite Entertainment, Patriot Pictures.
Cast:   Robert Ri’chard (Darrin), Dawn Richard (Joyce), Vivica Fox (Dana), Gary Dourdan (Anthony),Jazsmin Lewis (Colette), Obba Babatundé (Mr. Bernard), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Bradley), Jean-Claude La Marre (Dr. Richardson), Freda Payne (Mrs. Bernard),

Story:   Set in the affluent community of Buckhead, Atlanta, the story follows Dr. Joyce Richardson, a talented, yet introverted surgeon at Sinai Hospital, who is struggling with the fact that she is still single despite all her professional successes. Joyce’s strict Christian upbringing is a constant source of internal conflict for her, and limits the men she dates. However, upon a chance encounter with handsome Investor Darrin Wethington, Joyce immediately begins a whirlwind romance with the wealthy businessman and entrepreneur.  It isn’t long before Joyce begins to explore her own sexual fantasies, and convinces Darrin to join her in S&M sex.  This leads them into further and further exploration into this world, which is traditionally considered taboo in the conservative and upscale black community of Buckhead.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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A Christmas To Remember

A Christmas To RememberRelease Date:  2015
Genre:  Drama/Family
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  112 mins.
Studio(s):  Atlanta Dream Team Productions, Distributors Signal 23 Television, Green Apple Entertainment.
Director:  Henderson Maddox

Cast:  Robin Givens (Veronica), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Michael), Brittney Level (Lauren Ford), Royce Munn (Reid Shepherd), Valerie Payton (Mary Ford), Benjie Anderson (Joseph Sheperd)

Story: Two families who have hated each other for years are forced to spend Christmas together. Source: IMDB.

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What Love Will Make You Do

what-love-will-make-you-doRelease Date: 2015
Genre:  Romance/Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  95 mins.
Studio:  Yellow Lens Entertainment
Director:  Lisa Haynes

Cast:  Darrin Dewitt Henson (Trey Boston), Judi Blair (Kendra Stewart), Victoria Rowell (Sheila Boston), Darryl Booker (Tony Boston), Sir Brodie (Rob Stewart), Carl Anthony Payne II (Sean), Brad James (Joe), Blue Kimble (Todd Boston).

Story:  An attorney from a prestigious law firm falls in love with a beautiful woman of his dreams, but later discovers her father is seeking revenge against him over a court case gone terribly wrong. Source(s): Shadow and Act; IMDB.  Photo Source:  Black Film.

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I Really Hate My Ex

a/k/a Ex-Free

I Really Hate My Ex

Release Date:  4/14/15 (DVD + Digital)
Genre:  Romance/Comedy
Rating:  R
Running Time:  84 mins.
Studio(s):  Archway West Productions, Distributors Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Director:  Troy Byer

Cast:  Chris Spencer (Calvin), Leon (Sean), Darrin DeWitt Henson (Robert), Shari Headley (Wendy), JD Lawrence (Sgt. Shilton), Troy Byer (Tanya), Bresha Webb (Lela), Daphnee Duplaix (Jessica), Tomiko Fraser Hines (Brea).

Story:  Three women kidnap their exes and hold them hostage until they get the answers they think they need in order for their hearts to be free. Source(s): IMDB, Amazon.

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The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Details
Year of Release: 2011
Direct-to-Video
Genre: Horror /Thriller
Rating: Unrated
Runtime:  1 hr., 24 mins.
Studio:  Image Entertainment
Director:  Robert O’Hara

A New Meaning to Blood Relatives

Cast
Rochelle Aytes (Lily), Golden Brooks (Karen), Keith David (Uncle Melvin), D. B. Woodside (Henry), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Tyrone), Shawn Michael Howard (Simpson), André De Shields (Uncle Grady), Lanre Idewu (Chakabazz), Adriane Lenox (Felicia), Edward Nattenberg (Martin), Novella Nelson (Aunt Bee), Jenny Weaver (Julie)

Synopsis
The Inheritance Still 1Five cousins, Karen, Henry, Lily, Tyrone, and Simpson, have been summoned by “The Elders” in their family for an impromptu family reunion at a remote mansion in the snowy woods. With the exception of Karen, a successful doctor who desires some family bonding time, the cousins assume they will soon receive their share of the family fortune, which dates back several generations. In particular, Simpson, hopes to make a business deal with The Elders and has brought along his bosses, a white couple named Martin and Julie.

Upon arriving at the mansion, the cousins learn that The Elders will not join them until the next day. Their mysterious Uncle Melvin thoughtfully provides a case of wine and a bag of weed. That night everyone is having a good time until Lily, seemingly possessed, goes into a wild dance then freaks out when she finds a bloody message, “the flesh is the strength” written on a window. After calming Lily down, everybody goes to bed. Later, as Martin and Julie are about to have sex, Julie is murdered and Martin disappears.

When Aunt Felicia arrives, she attempts to warn Lily about the family’s ties to the occult and the ominous events that lie ahead.

The Inheritance ChakabazzEventually The Elders show up. Eccentric and clad in African attire, they sit the cousins down and Uncle Melvin tells them the family history. Centuries earlier, Chakabazz, a prophet and slave with supernatural abilities, promised his followers that he would lead them out of bondage and provide them with wealth as long as they offered him their children. He spares one child so the family line can continue, and proclaims that this blood sacrifice must continue with each generation. Back then, tradition was paramount, but today the cousins don’t take this story seriously, and wonder about their share of the family fortune.

The Inheritance Still 2After the meeting with The Elders, cell phones stop working, doors start locking and the cousins realize that they are to be the next sacrifices to Chakabazz. Karen takes a bath, falls asleep and dreams of having sex with Chakabazz. African warriors begin attacking the cousins. Lily tries to escape by car, only to crash into a tree. When the others reach her, they find the body of Martin in the back seat.

Running blindly through the woods, the cousins stumble upon a bonfire where The Elders are calling Chakabazz to claim their sacrifice.

The Inheritance Golden Brooks, D, B. Woodside, S. M. Howard

Eventually, only Karen and Simpson make it back to the mansion, and while Simpson tries to contact the outside world on his laptop, Karen, influenced by Chakabazz, kills him with an ax blow to the head.

The Inheritance Golden Brooks

Source(s): Entertainment Guide, Geektyrant.com, Rotten Tomatoes, Eurweb, The Examiner, HK and Cult Film News, Heroic Times, Films Critic United, Needcoffee.com. Photos: Moviemansguide.com, The Ringmaster’s Realm; IMDB.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-JDxjyws-s&rel=0

The Choir Director

Drama in the Church

Release Date:   2/5/18 (TBA)
Genre:  Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Urban Books Media
Director: Trey Haley
Cast:  Darrin Dewitt Henson (Aaron Mackie), Christian Keyes (Dante Wilson), Clifton Powell (Bishop T.K. Wilson), Valarie Pettiford (First Lady Charlene Wilson), Denise Boutte (Simone Wilcox), Drew Sidora (Tanisha), Kellita Smith (Anita Emerson), Roger Guenveur Smith (Trustee Jonathan Smith), Rose Wakesho (Aisha), Jaleel White (Deacon James Black), Anna Maria Horsford (Deaconess Moss).

Details:  Part Two of New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber’s “Drama in the Church” trilogy  – The Preacher’s Son, The Choir Director and The First Lady.

Story:  Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success, but with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. The Bishop is counting on a new choir director to revive the church. Little does he know, this decision may also put his job as the Bishop — as well as his family — in jeopardy. Source: IMDB.  Photo Source:  Facebook.