Four exciting movies open on MLK weekend

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in "Ride Along."

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in “Ride Along.”

By Carmen Glover

As families spend time volunteering this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s Holiday, four movies, featuring African-Americans, will open in theaters, offering a variety of ways to relax  “Ride Along” starring versatile actor/rapper Ice Cube and comedian Kevin Hart has generated the most buzz because it has been brilliantly marketed across multiple platforms. Having Tika Sumpter, the villainess from Tyler Perry’s television drama, “The Haves and the Have Nots” as the only female in the movie, does not hurt either.

Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert and LisaGay Hamilton star in the chess-themed movie "Life of a King."

Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert and LisaGay Hamilton star in the chess-themed movie “Life of a King.”

But don’t allow the hype of the much-promoted “Ride Along” obscure the fact that Dennis Haysbert, after a long hiatus from films, will head back to the big screen this weekend in the incredibly smart, fun and educational film “Life of a King” which tells the true story of an ex-criminal from Washington D.C, who sponsors a competitive chess club, driven by the desire to illustrate how applicable the game is to everyday life. The film co-stars Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and LisaGay Hamilton.

Samuel L. Jackson starts in the legal thriller "Reasonable Doubt."

Samuel L. Jackson starts in the legal thriller “Reasonable Doubt.”

Also returning to the big screen after a long time away is Ving Rhames, who co-stars with Mary Louise Parker and Spencer Lofranco in “Jamesy Boy,” which tells the story of redemption experienced by a misguided youth who ends up in prison. Veteran all-around acting ace Samuel Jackson appears in “Reasonable Doubt,” about a crafty District Attorney who allows another person to accept responsibility for the crime that the DA committed, with disastrous results.

Ving Rhames returns to the big screen in "Jamesy Boy."

Ving Rhames returns to the big screen in “Jamesy Boy,” which co-stars James Woods and Mary Louise Parker.

So try to weave in some movie time this weekend, to go along with the day of service and volunteerism. The films offer too much fun to pass up. -OnPointPress.net.

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