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Cover (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  28 October 2007 (USA)
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They are married men that are on the DL and pass HIV to their male/ female partners basically. Many of the men hide behind the vow of marriage but still desire men. The women know but have grown accustom to the extravagant lifestyle.

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Valerie Mass
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Dutch Mass (as Raz Adoti)
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Zahara Milton
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Ryan Chambers
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Detective Hicks (as Lou Gossett Jr.)
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Monica Wilson
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Kevin Wilson
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Robert Mass
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Cynda (as Mya Harrison)
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Attorney Miller (as Obba Babatunde)
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Charlotte (as Victoria Platt Tilford)
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D.A. Simmons
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Mrs. Persons
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Greg
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Nicole Mass (as Tomorrow Montgomery)
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When someone is murdered on New Year's Eve, the prime suspect is Valerie Maas, a church-going home-maker whose life unravels when she discovers that her husband of many years has been leading a double life. Her strength of character and faith keep her going as the revelation of her husband's betrayal threatens to destroy all that they have known. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual situations and language, violence and some drug content | See all certifications »
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$3,600,000 (estimated)

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$30,000 (USA) (22 February 2008)

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$62,217 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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When Valerie is taking portraits during the photo shoot she consistently holds the camera wrong. It is held in 'landscape' mode meaning almost all of the photos taken would have been useless. See more »

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Life Is a Funny Game
Written by Leon & Roland 'Strokes' Richards
Performed by Leon and The Peoples
Produced by Leon, Roland 'Strokes' Richards & Pismo
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Rave: Cover (2007)
5 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cover is a little known treat that is surprisingly suspenseful and enlightening. It tackles the highly pervasive yet equally controversial materials like homosexuality and "down-low" in the Black American community. Few movies have dared venture there and make a case for acceptance amongst Christians.

When her husband gets promoted, Valerie Mass's life begins to fall apart. Aunjanue Ellis plays Valerie Mass, an unassuming "God-fearing" church woman, who relocates to a new city with her husband. Razaaq Adoti is Dutch, Valerie's husband. Dutch's social life goes on the fast lane. He soon befriends Ryan Chambers (Leon from the movie Capers), a known womanizer, and starts acting more aloof. Neglected by her husband, Valerie turns to a church prayer group where she meets a sickly woman. The truth she will uncover is worse than anything she could have imagined. When Ryan turns up dead on New Year's Eve, she becomes the most likely suspect.

Aside for Vivica Fox and Leon, the cast is low on the mainstream acting radar. Nevertheless, it delivers decent performances. Black American movies are not without the religious idiosyncrasies but none of that detract from the serious subject matter or a solid plot.

Producers Bill Duke and Kenneth Dixon teamed up to create a complex tale of faith and redemption. The plot is quite simple but, somehow, they manage to keep a tight leash on it, keeping you guessing until the very end.

Leon delivers sex and edge without fail. Few actors in Hollywood command the screen the way this man can. Leon brings charisma and magneticism in every role he plays. Vivica Fox plays her "trademark hood" affectation, which I find annoying. Her role, essentially, brings nothing to this movie. This is a movie with a lot of twists. So, don't expect action.

This is a new recipe for Black films and I look forward to seeing more like it. I definitely recommending renting the DVD and watching it on a girls' night-in.


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