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Ghost Canyon

(Aunjanue Ellis, Vivica A. Fox, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2007) 2008 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: When a man is murdered on New Year's Eve, the prime suspect, a church-going home-maker whose life unravels when she discovers that her husband of 15 years has been leading a double life. Her strength of character and faith keeps the family alive as a deadly disease threatens to destroy all that they have known.

DVD Verdict: I had the opportunity to attend a private screening for "Cover", along with a question and answer session at the end of the veiwing with director/producer Bill Duke, and actors Raz Adoti and Clayton Prince. It was an awesome experience meeting them, having one on one conversation with them and taking pictures with them. The movie was very well scripted and of course excellently directed.

“Cover” introduces us to Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis), a photographer and saintly homemaker suspected of murder. “I’m innocent,” she protests while a solitary light plays across her face like Noir 101. “I’m a Christian.” Tell that to a detective who isn’t played by someone as old as Louis Gossett Jr. But Valerie’s troubles are not limited to the hackneyed mise-en-scène: there’s also a distant husband (Raz Adoti), his steamy boss (Paula Jai Parker) and a couple of old college buddies (Roger Guenveur Smith and Leon) who apparently majored in hound dog. No wonder she escapes to the comfort of the Women’s Faith Fellowship, where the general worthlessness of men is always on the agenda.

The suspense had a build-up that caused my heart to pound and my mind constantly working trying to figure out who did it and what was going to happen next. I enjoyed this movie so much that I saw it again a week later with friends and planned to go back again with another group of friends but was disappointed to find that it was no longer in the theaters. Needless to say, I am recommending to you all that everyone who has not seen it run and go get a copy. This is a must-see. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.