DOLEMITE IS MY NAME
2019, Netflix, 118 min, Dir: Craig Brewer

This exhilarating biopic about party-record king and self-made movie star Rudy Ray Moore boasts scene-stealing performances from Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Craig Robinson, Titus Burgess, Snoop Dogg, Chris Rock, Keegan-Michael Key and many others. Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy, in what might be his most heartfelt performance ever) is an entertainer trying to carve out a career from nightclub gigs while working a day job at a record store in 1970s Los Angeles. Hoping to reinvigorate his act, Rudy comes up with a new persona named Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene stories who becomes an instant hit in black communities across America. The logical next step is the silver screen; Hollywood may not be ready for Dolemite, but Dolemite is ready to take on every sucker to prove that legends are not born, they are sculpted out of sweat, tears and a touch of luck.


MR. CHURCH
2016, Cinelou Releasing, 104 min, USA, Dir: Bruce Beresford

This memorable coming-of-age story follows a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church (Eddie Murphy). What begins as a six-month arrangement instead spans 15 years and creates a family bond that lasts forever. With Britt Robertson. “Murphy delivers the sort of superb character turn that may well mark a sea change in his career.” - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter.


TRADING PLACES
1983, Paramount, 118 min, USA, Dir: John Landis

Eddie Murphy proved that his debut performance in 48 HOURS was no fluke with this follow-up comedy hit. Murphy plays a street hustler, and Landis regular Dan Aykroyd is a stockbroker; both men's lives are turned upside down when wealthy brothers Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy decide to figure out whether nature matters more than nurture and manipulate the opposites into exchanging lives. Filled with quotable dialogue and expertly crafted by John Landis, it includes a plethora of winning supporting performances from Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott, Paul Gleason and Jim Belushi (as, in a nod to Landis' debut film SCHLOCK, a guy in a gorilla suit!).


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