Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.



facebook Canyon News twitter Canyon News

Canyon News

Bel Air News

Beverly Hills News

Brentwood News

Hollywood Hills News

Laurel Canyon News

Los Angeles News

Los Feliz News

Malibu News

Melrose News

Pacific Palisades News

Santa Monica News

Sherman Oaks News

Studio City News

Topanga Canyon News

West Hollywood News

Westwood News

Woodland Hills

Celebrity News

State News

National News

World Headlines

Deaf News





On the Industry

Star Gazing

St. John's Confidential File

Theatrical Musings

Life & Style

Event Listings

Tech Talk

Looking Good For Lots Less

Spirit & Creativity

Miller Time


View from the Hill


Chrystal's Recipe Corner

Career and Life Coaching

Gardening With Tony

Life According To Lenson

Real Estate Realities



Marathon Running

Keeping It Bruin: A Look Into UCLA Athletics






Vi's Corner

Pet Tips

Point of View

John Armor

Message to America

Critic At Large... Ruta Lee

Labor Week


10 Degrees Cooler

McConnors corner

Edge of the west

The Physics Wizard


Kyle's Kars


Susan Michelle's Compass


Ask Deanna

Dear Lily

Ask Oona


Dancing with Earthquakes


Sports Schedules

Traveling Beyond the Canyon

Edge of the West

Law Man

Ask Us

Nathan Tabor

The Angry Economist

Truth Probe

As I See It


Truth Conquers

The Live Wire

Notes from Exile

Letters to the Editor

Dog Training by Anthony

Canyon Mews



America's Most Wanted Dogs

World Recipes

Vegetarian Lifestyle


News Briefs

Local News



Canyon Fodder

Bad Movie Night

Critical Projection

Ed's on the Town

Fitness Quests

Flashback Films

Stories of the Strange

Gourmet Grandma

He Said/She Said

Home Matters with Yvonne

L.A. Etch-a-Sketch

L.A. Ruminations

McConnor's Corner

Mommy Minute

Musically Speaking

My Back Pages

Publisher's Pages


Scene and Heard in L.A.

Silly...But Wise!

Sunset Diaries

Table Options

The Paws Cause

TV Stuff

Cartoon of the Week


“Alex Cross” Is A Tantalizing Thriller
Posted by LaDale Anderson on Oct 23, 2012 - 7:14:09 PM

HOLLYWOOD—Tyler Perry in a role besides his popular character Madea is a stretch.   My first impression when hearing about his role as a detective in the movie “Alex Cross” is just when Madea will show up in the picture.  Oddly enough, that really never happened.  Perry does a decent job shattering any preconceived notions people may have about him only playing a character in drag. 


“Alex Cross” is another chapter from the popular books by James Patterson that chronicles the life of Detective Alex Cross.  The role has been previously portrayed by Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman in “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider,” both exceptional thrillers in my opinion.  This movie does hold its own, without Freeman in the title role. 


Cross (Perry) is on the trial of a sadistic killer that relishes the adrenaline rush he gets from torturing people.   That psychopath is portrayed by “Lost” alum Matthew Fox.  There are some gruesome images in the picture, and those weak in the stomach may have to turn away at times.  Fox is convincing to a degree as a lunatic on the loose; the only problem is that he twitches a lot. Perhaps that could be because of his condition, which is never explained to the audience.  You can decipher that it involves some sort of abnormality with his brain.   

Detective Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) searching for a killer.


The cat and mouse thriller easily gets the audience hooked.  I found myself eager to discover just how things would end and just who is the mastermind behind all the mayhem. Cicely Tyson has a welcome role as Cross’ domineering mother who instills in her son to be aware that actions do indeed have consequences.  

The biggest gripe I had with the picture is the relationship between Detective Cross (Perry) and his partner Detective Kane (Edward Burns).  The chemistry was not there.  I did not buy for a second that these two guys were lifelong friends; the conversations between the two at times came across forced and not genuine.  The actors in my opinion did not mesh well together, but separately both deliver convincing performances. 


“Alex Cross” is a taut-thriller that finds its way to suture the audience very early on. Does the picture have a memorable ending, not so much, but its storytelling capabilities are exciting to watch on the screen? Perry’s performance may surprise the public who is used to seeing the actor, writer, director, and producer play matriarch Mable "Madea” Simmons. It’s not the greatest performance of all time, but a well-suited one for the actor.


Cliffside Malibu




Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.