Reelblack and PEC Present THE SUSPECT (Filmmakers In Person)

Reelblack and PEC continue its popular Second Fridays on Lancaster Ave Movie series with a special screening of THE SUSPECT, starring Mekhi Phifer. The film’s producer, Mary Jo Barthmaier and writer/director Stuart Connelly will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.

Friday September 12, 2014 7pm at 4017 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 and includes refreshments.

Two African-American men partake in their own social science experiments by robbing banks to study the racial based decision making of small town law enforcement. The team would split up, one robbing the bank with a fake gun and the other acting as a decoy for police by looking suspicious near the scene of the crime. However, when one of the experiments goes wrong, it leaves a suspect who must answer a lot of complicated questions. During the interrogation, the suspect reveals that not all is what it seems.

Reelblack Presents PURPLE RAIN 30th Anniversary 9/30 at IHouse

What: Reelblack Presents PURPLE RAIN (30th Anniversary)

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

When: Tuesday September 30, 2014 at 7pm

Cost: $10/ adults, $5/Reelblack and IHouse Members

Reelblack kicks off its 12th Season with a special 30th Anniversary screening of the 1984 classic, PURPLE RAIN.  There are lots of surprises in store as we pay tribute to the music of Prince Rogers Nelson.  A special prize will go to the person wearing the best 80s fashion.

Movie Meetup This Saturday 8/23 - An Evening With John Sayles

The first annual REEL EAST FILM FESTIVAL is hosting a special event featuring legendary filmmaker John Sayles (Brother From Another Planet, Honeydripper).  He will be screening his most recent film, GO FOR SISTERS (starring LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross), and participating in a post film Q&A.

Saturday August 23rd@ 8PM-GO FOR SISTERS  and John Sayles Q and A-$30.00
An Evening with filmmaker John Sayles (Eight Men Out, Lone Star) who will present his latest film, “Go For Sisters”, with a post-screening discussion.

At the Ritz Theatre Company
915 White Horse Pike
Arts District
Haddon Twp, NJ 08107
P: (856) 858.5230

Event is “dutch treat” meaning each person is responsible for their own tickets and food.

Note: A full festival pass, which includes admission to all events on Friday and Saturday is only $40.00.  If you live in South Jersey (or just love films, this is an absolute bargain)  For a full list of films and to pre-order tickets, visit

Go For Sisters - Trailer
Go For Sisters - Trailer

Go For Sisters is the 18th feature film written and directed by independent cinema pioneer John Sayles.

Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up so close people said they could “go for sisters”, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer.

When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realizes she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney’s world without involving the police… and turns to her old friend. The pair enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before Rodney meets the same fate as his partners.

As much a story of relationships as a story of crime, GO FOR SISTERS is a welcome return to the border for master filmmaker and two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles (“Lone Star,” “Passion Fish”).

Movie Meetup - FINDING FELA This Sunday 1pm at Ritz Bourse

Since it is important to support the release of quality Black film–in theaters, not on bootleg, Reelblack is organizing a movie meetup in support of FINDING FELA this Sunday 1:00pm at the Ritz Bourse 4th and Ranstead.

Finding Fela — Official Trailer (Dir. Alex Gibney) from Kino Lorber on Vimeo.

This meetup is “Dutch Treat,” meaning everyone pays for their own tickets and food. Afterward, we will meet at Cosi Cafe across the street for discussion and giveaways.  Tickets are $7.75

Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom. Finding Fela was directed by the Academy Award winning director, Alex Gibney.

Director Alex Gibney

Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, known for his gripping, deeply insightful documentaries, is one of the most accomplished non-fiction filmmakers working today. His 2008 film, Taxi to the Dark Side, received an Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Alex received another Academy Award nomination in 2006 for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Win Passes to See STEP UP: ALL IN

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, is giving 2 lucky readers passes for four to see STEP UP: ALL IN, the latest in the 3D dance movie series.  The movie is now playing in theaters everywhere.

The admit four complimentary passes are good for any Monday-Thursday show at any Regal theater in the Philadelphia area.

ENTER TO WIN by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and the PHRASE “STEP UP” IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO Winners will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon.


Now showing


Rated PG 13


One of the most popular dance franchises in film history takes competition to astonishing new heights in STEP UP ALL IN. Miami street dancer Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) moves to Hollywood with visions of fame and fortune, only to discover the almost insurmountable odds of making it in the professional dance world. But when the new dance crew he forms with the beautiful and headstrong Andie West (Briana Evigan) reaches the final rounds of a high-stakes reality TV competition in glittering Las Vegas, he has a shot at finally making his dreams come true-if he can set aside old loyalties and long-time rivalries and just do what he loves most: dance.

Good luck!

Sizzling Trailer for ADDICTED (In Theaters 10/10)

ADDICTED opens in theaters nationwide on OCTOBER 10th, 2014!

SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, ADDICTED is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion.  Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist.   As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.

DIRECTED BY: Bille Woodruff

CAST: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, Kat Graham, and William Levy

SCREENPLAY BY: Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash


ADDICTED Official Socials:


Win Passes to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (In Theaters 8/8)

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, is giving 2 lucky readers passes for four to see TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.  The movie opens everywhere this Friday August 8.

The admit four complimentary passes are good for any Monday-Thursday show beginning August 11.

ENTER TO WIN by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and the PHRASE “TMNT” IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO Winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday morning.

SYNOPSIS:      Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

Rated PG.

CONTEST HAS ENDED Congrats to Tiffany Green and Christopher Thompson, who won passes to see courtesy of Reelblack and Paramount Pictures.

Win A Copy of Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club on DVD

Reelblack and Lionsgate are giving two lucky readers a copy of TYLER PERRY’S THE SINGLE MOM’S CLUB, out now on DVD.

Writer, director and producer Tyler Perry is at it again with the heartwarming comedy, Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet™), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View July 22 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Nia Long (The Best Man Holiday), Amy Smart (Showtime’s “Shameless,” Crank), Cocoa Brown (TV’s “For Better or Worse”), Terry Crews (The Expendables franchise, TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), William Levy (TV’s “The Tempest”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (TV’s “The Goldbergs,” Bridesmaids), Ryan Eggold (TV’s “The Blacklist”), Zulay Henao (TV’s “Love Thy Neighbor”), Eddie Cibrian (The Best Man Holiday, TV’s “The Playboy Club”) and Tyler Perry, the uplifting comedy follows the power of friendship among an unlikely group of women.

When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.

Including two featurettes going behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew, the Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.


The winner will be selected at random and notified Friday.  Good luck!

CONTEST HAS ENDED.  CONGRATS TO Karen Oliver of W. Philly and Lori Legette of Hamilton Township, NJ.

James Brown Rarities on 8/8 on Lancaster Avenue

In tribute to the new James Brown Biopic, GET ON UP!, Reelblack and PEC will showcase a pair of ultra-rare videos and documentaries featuring The Godfather of Soul, JAMES BROWN.  THE MAN (1969) is a short documentary portrait orginally broadcast on NBC’s short-lived FIRST TUESDAY news magazine.  SOUL CONNECTION (1978) is a 60 minute documentary from British filmmaker Adrian Maben that was filmed all over the world and features lots of amazing footage of the Godfather onstage and at home.

Admission is $5.00 Includes refreshments and giveaways.

Friday August 8, 2014 at 4017 Lancaster Avenue.  Doors 6:30.  Show 7:00pm

Reelblack Recommends GET ON UP!

GET ON UP! The highly anticipated James Brown biopic is in theaters today.  Reelblack members had a chance to see an advance screening of the film and the consensus is that GET ON UP is a must see.  Chadwick Boseman (42) delivers an Oscar caliber performance (yes he has the moves down) and the story deftly mixes great musical numbers with poignant dramatic scenes.

As a big JB fan, I feel they definitely got it right.  While the fractured narrative structure makes it hard to develop an arc for the story (you appreciation may vary depending on how much you know about JB), Chadwick Boseman anchors the film, delivering truth and conviction in every moment he’s onscreen.

Please stop by the Reelblack table at Blackstar this weekend to pick up your very own GET ON UP mini poster (while supply lasts) and go see GET ON UP, in theaters–not on bootleg.

PLEASE NOTE: Reelblack is hosting a special screening of James Brown Rarities next Friday August 8 at 7pm at 4017 Lancaster Avenue in  West Philly.  Admission is $5.00 and includes refreshments.

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