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    Book Review: Lavish Art Abounds In The Art of The Croods

    There are two things a competently written art book should do: Give the reader an in-depth, inside look at how a film is created, and make one feel as if one is experiencing the world of the film without actually being in the theater. Noela Hueso succeeds at both on her first attempt at an “Art of” ...

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    Review - Ghanaian Crime Drama 'The Destiny Of Lesser Animals'

    A decade or so after being deported from the United States, Ghanaian police inspector Boniface Koomsin (played by Yao B. Nunoo), desperate to return, pays his way towards obtaining a fake passport, only to have it immediately stolen. In an attempt to recover it, he enlists the help of the local cop ...

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    What’s On TV Tonight?

    guest review by Darwyn Carson — We’ve all heard it. Someone channel surfing tosses the remote aside and says: “Over a hundred channels and nothing’s on TV.” Seems times have changed. Point of fact, the viewing pendulum has swung from nothing to watch to too much to watch.

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    Did You Know Mahershala Ali Has A Key Role in 'The Place Beyond The Pines'? Thoughts...

    Did You Know Mahershala Ali Has A Key Role in 'The Place Beyond The Pines'? Thoughts...

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    DVD/VOD Review - Chris Rock's 'Good Hair' Is Really An Ad For The Bronner Bros Hair Show

    I skipped this when it was in the theaters in 2009, after reading hearing about how empty, though funny, it was. At the time, there seemed to be plenty of mainstream media focus on *blackness*. It was the year that CNN debuted its Black In America series, and also there was a lot of attention being ...

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    Review: Omar Rodriguez Lopez's 'Los Chidos' Is Wild, Wacky, Weird, Bloody & Bold

    Not everyone is going to be ready for the ride through "Los Chidos" that director Omar Rodriguez Lopez offers up. But his willingness to scare off a few of the faint of heart preserves his commitment to a truly bold and unique vision and an aesthetic all his own. This is the fifth feature film from ...

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    Review: 'City Baby' A Modest, Well-Made Portrait Of A Womanchild Trapped In Portland

    David F. Morgan's "City Baby" is a modest character study of Cloey (Cora Benesh, who also co-wrote the screenplay), an aspiring...something, boldly going nowhere. With her father (Daniel Baldwin) footing the bills without question, Cloey is free to pursue her relationship with aging rockstar-wannabe...

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    In 'The New Kyoto Arc,' Rurouni Kenshin Grapples with Dilemma Unlike Any American Animated Hero

    Although American kids have a reputation for being uninterested in history and geography, tens of thousands of follow the adventures of a samurai warrior-turned-pacifist as he travels from Tokyo to Kyoto in 19th century Japan.

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    DVD/VOD Review - 'Gospel Hill' Is Promising, But Underwhelming

    Credit is due to director Giancarlo Esposito for attempting to generate discussion on the issues the film wants to bring to light, and some credit I'm giving to him, as well as his cast of veritable, tested talents, including the always earnest Angela Bassett as an iron-jawed grade school teacher, a...

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    Review: 'Blancanieves' Doesn't Necessarily Transcend Silent Film Gimmick, But Still Proves To Be A Rewarding Fable

    Fetishize the past all you want. The silent era gave way to a flood of cinematic storytellers ranking well amongst the greats. You didn’t need sound to realize a filmmaker like Fritz Lang was stretching the medium so far that it would take a couple of decades of talkies for anyone to match his visio...

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