Dates You Need To Know

Dates You Need To Know

It's going to be a colorful fall for movie fan.

Published August 29, 2008


It's going to be a colorful fall for movie fan. There are at least half a dozen films featuring African Americans in lead or supporting roles so save these dates on your iPhones and Crackberrys.

The Family That Preys (Sept. 12)--An all-star cast highlights this dramedy about two Southern families--one black, one white, who realize that drama knows no color line. Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, Taraji P. Henson, Robin Givens, Cole Hauser, Rockmond Dunbar, Tyler Perry and Kathy Bates.

Righteous Kill (Sept. 12)--Oscar winners Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro pair up with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in this crime thriller about a pair of cops who think they might have put the wrong serial killer in jail with a series of murders terrorize New York.


The Women (Sept. 12)--A remake of a classic 1939 film about a group of girlfriends who are at odds as to what to do when they discover a friend's husband is cheating on her. Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Bette Midler and Candice Bergen.

Lakeview Terrace (Sept. 19)--Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington star in this thriller about a "disturbed" cop (Jackson) who stalks an interracial couple.

Miracle at St. Anna (Sept. 26)--Spike Lee's epic war film inspired by actual events involving an all-black combat division defending the flag against the Nazis in Italy during WWII. Derek Luke, Omar Benson Miller, Michael Ealy and Laz Alonzo.

RocknRolla (Oct. 8)--Jeremy Piven, Idris Elba, Thandie Newton and Ludacris star in this quirkly crime thriller from Guy Ritchie.

The Express (Oct. 10--Rob Brown plays Ernie Davis in this biopic about the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Max Payne (Oct. 17)--Mark Wahlberg and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges star in this story about a DEA tracking down the peeps who whacked his family.


The Secret Life of Bees (Oct. 19)--The incredibly poignant story of an abused  young white girl from the South who runs away with her black nanny in 1960. Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okenedo star.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Oct. 24)--The old crew--most of whom are now old enough to be college grads are back for this final installment of the popular franchise. Hip, hip, hooray!!! Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tinsdale, Monique Coleman and Corbin Bleu.

Noah's Arc: Jump the Broom (Oct. 24)--The hit Logo series about black male gay life in Los Angeles hits the screen with Noan (Darryl Stephens) and Wade (Jenson Atwood) getting in Martha's Vineyard. There will be drama.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Nov. 7)--Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Tommy "Tiny" Lister and the late Bernie Mac are among those voicing characters in this cartoon with animals who go from one jungle to another.

Soul Men (Nov. 14)--Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac star in this comedy about an estranged singing duo that reunites after 20 years to perform at a tribute concert for their late bandleader at the Apollo.


The Soloist (Nov. 21)--Jamie Foxx stars in this story inspired by a homeless musician who dreams of playing in a top concert hall. Robert Downey Jr. plays the journalist who helps him get there.

Written by Miki Turner


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