HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL – Review by Susan Granger

In this satire of Southern megachurch culture and its prosperity gospel, Regina Hall is the pragmatically loyal wife of an egomaniacal, philandering pastor, played by Sterling K. Brown. Atlanta’s Wander for Greater Paths Baptist megachurch lost all but faithful five of its 25,000 followers after Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown) was exposed in a sexual misconduct scandal. So now he and his chagrined First Lady wife Trinitie (Hall) have embarked on a miscalculated comeback strategy, relying more on publicity than prayer.

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HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL. – Review by T.J. Callahan

Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall are the Pastor and First Lady of the Wander to Greater Paths congregation. They have it all. A huge home, clothes, cars, cash and tens of thousands of followers. Joel and Victoria Osteen are jealous. But it’s not all fancy hats and hallelujahs. A scandal forces the church to temporarily close and the two spiritual leaders must fight to rebuild their flock.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK Sept 2, 2022: HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL.

Sharp satire and lived experience come together with style and flair in Adamma Ebo’s Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul., which explores the messy truth behind the showy facade of a Southern Baptist megachurch. Starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown as Trinitie and Lee-Curtis Childs — the first couple of the fictional Greater Paths church in Atlanta, GA — the movie is a memorable feature debut for talented writer-director Adamma Ebo.

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HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL – Review by Sherin Nicole

In a thriller cleverly hidden within the satin robes of satire, writer/director Adamma Ebo questions morality, marriage, and the power of a message. Adamma Ebo is sharp with her pen and with the camera, taking the story of a disgraced megachurch pastor and his wife to the brink of absurdity but always with an edge of truth. Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. isn’t a morality play but the dissection of two characters who worship at the altar of fame but refuse to allow their labors to be more than vain.

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HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL. – Review by Liz Whittemore

To overcome a scandal, a viral pastor and his wife hire an up-and-coming festival filmmaker to revamp their image with a cinema verité documentary. Their goal is to refill their megachurch with its previous 25000 parishioners. But, it quickly becomes evident that Lee-Curtis and Trinitie are out of touch with reality. Based on writer-director-producer Adamma Ebo’s short film of the same name, Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. is gloriously biting satire to the nth degree.

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MASTER – Review by Lonita Cook

Regina Hall (who also co-produced) gives a rousing performance as the newly appointed first-ever Black House Master of a traditionally White college dorm when Jasmine, a Black student moves in. Mix Black House Master, Black student, Black professor seeking tenure, favored White students, an evaluation board, the legend of a witch, the mythic tale of the first Black student who ended up hanged and you get a fertile landscape in which to cultivate a narrative around placing the displaced.

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Mariama Diallo on Ghosts, Empowerment and MASTER (Sundance FF 2022) – Pamela Powell interviews

Writer/Director Mariama Diallo’s gripping first feature, Master, is a horror tale centering on the experiences of a Black young woman who is enrolled at a New England college with a predominantly White student body. Receiving many accolades at it’s Sundance 2022 premiere, the film has been picked up for distribution via Amazon Prime Video beginning March 18, 2022. Diallo discusses all the real-life inspiration that lead her to tell this haunting tale.

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NINE PERFECT STRANGERS – Review by Susan Granger

When production in Australia began on this new Hulu series, Nicole Kidman refused to meet the rest of the cast until she was in character as beatific Masha Dmitrichenko, the mysteriously serene leader of a holistic wellness center who uses questionable treatments and experimental practices on her clients.

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SHAFT – Review by Lynnette Nicholas

John Shaft’s no-nonsense, street-style of fighting crime, coupled with JJ’s (aka John Shaft, Jr) millennial political-correctness, cyber smarts and sensitive consideration for the humanity in others makes for an interesting and dynamic storyline that is sure to create nostalgia for the original Shaft films, while instilling a newfound respect for the Shaft franchise in current millennial audiences.

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