2013 was a win-win for Black cinema with both critically acclaimed movies (“12 Years A Slave,” “Fruitvale Station”) and in the box office (“Best Man Holiday,” “The Butler”). Now that Hollywood has gotten the message that movies with casts of color are indeed profitable, 2014 promises more dramas, romantic comedies and action thrillers for Black moviegoers.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our most anticipated projects for 2014:
“Black Coffee” Starring: Darrin Dewitt Henson, Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes, Gabrielle Dennis, Brely Evans
Release date: January 10, 2014
After being fired from his own father’s company, Robert (Darrin Dewitt Henson) feels like his luck has run out – until Morgan (Gabrielle Dennis) enters into his life. Just as things start to heat up between them, trouble brews as Morgan’s ex-husband (Lamman Rucker) vows to get her back and Robert’s gold-digging ex-girlfriend (Erica Hubbard) returns with an agenda of her own.
“Ride Along” Starring- Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter
Release Date: 1/17/2014
Fast-talking security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) joins his cop brother-in-law James (Ice Cube) on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela (Tika Sumpter), James’ sister.
“About Last Night” Starring- Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart
Release Date: 2/14/14
New love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.
“Repentance” Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps
Release Date: 02/28/2014
An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, (Forest Whitaker) who delves into Thomas’ teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma – action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins.
“The Single Moms Club” Starring: Nia Long, Tyler Perry, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terry Crews, Cocoa Brown
Release Date: 03/14/2014
Brought together by a vandalism incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life.
“A Haunted House 2” Starring: Marlon Wayans, Liana Mendoza, Dave Sheridan, Iva La’Shawn
Release Date: 03/28/2014
Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) is starting fresh with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.
“Frankie and Alice” Starring: Halle Berry, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, Stellan Skarsgard
Release date: April 4, 2014
A young woman (Halle Berry) with multiple personality disorder, struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.
“Belle” Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Susan Brown, Tom Coulston
Release Date: 5/2/2014
An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.
“Think Like A Man Too” Starring: Gabrielle Union, Megan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Kevin Hart
Release Date: 06/20/2014
All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.
“Get On Up” Starring: Chad Boseman, Tika Sumpter, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Jill Scott
Release Date: 08/01/2014
A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
“Addicted” Starring: Sharon Leal, Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, William Levy, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford
Release Date: 09/05/2014
Based on Zane’s bestseller, a woman’s sex addiction threatens to ruin her family life.
“No Good Deed” Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson
Release Date: 09/12/2014
A wife and mother of two (Taraji P. Henson), lives an ideal life that takes a turn when her family is threatened by a stranger who talks his way into her house, claiming car trouble. The unexpected invitation leaves her terrorized and fighting for survival.
“The Equalizer” Starring – Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas
Release Date: 09/26/2014
Denzel Washington and “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua reunite for their second feature. Washington plays a covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts a classified advertisement in the paper that reads simply: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer”
“Annie” Starring: Quevanzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Dorian Missick, Cameron Diaz, Tracie Thoms, Rose Byrne
Release Date: December 19, 2014
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