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Film Review - Dolemite Is My Name


I’m not sure a single frame can contain the power of actor/comedian Rudy Ray Moore, but Eddie Murphy gives it his best shot with some of his finest work to date in “Dolemite Is My Name.” Granted, Murphy hasn’t been mentally committed to a project in a long time, but he takes the challenge of portraying Moore’s screwball focus seriously, careful to keep the subject understood while enjoying the extremes of his personality. Bio-pic vets Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski (“Big Eyes,” “Man on the Moon,” “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt”) provide appealing guide rails for the production, working through a chunk of Moore’s crazy career, and director Craig Brewer keeps the feature moving along with a lively supporting cast. But the real reason to spend time with “Dolemite Is My Name” is the chance to watch Murphy come alive on screen again, giving the part his all in the best possible way. Read the rest at


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