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Chronicling The Jaunty World Of Nigerian Cinema in 'Nollywood Babylon' - Review + Watch Now!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 14, 2014 2:24 PM
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A good enough introduction for anyone completely unfamiliar with the industry. Of all the documentaries I’ve seen on the subject, this is one of the stronger ones.

Women In Red: Numa Perrier's 'Florida Water' Reconstructs Image and Memory

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • August 11, 2014 2:11 PM
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In "Florida Water," fine artist/filmmaker Numa Perrier reimagines the story and moments in a distinct photograph of her mother. What results is a complex merging of memory, absence, and imagery set against the backdrop of Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Review: John Boyega Shines in 'Imperial Dreams,' One of the Most Overlooked Gems of Sundance (Screens Aug. 9 in LA)

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • July 31, 2014 7:24 PM
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Imperial Dreams
It's easy to see why the film took the Best of Next Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January, as it represents classic and heartfelt storytelling at its best.

LAFF Review: 'Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story' is a Well-Meaning but Tepid Look at the Life of a Jazz Legend

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • June 20, 2014 6:38 PM
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Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story
Highly respected by musicians and fans of the bebop genre, his life and career were stifled by the 30 years he spent cycling in and out of San Quentin prison.

LAFF Review: Director Deon Taylor Explores Real Life Racial Horror in 'Supremacy'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 20, 2014 2:09 PM
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Director Deon Taylor’s suspense thriller "Supremacy," centers on any black family’s worst nightmare: being held hostage by an Aryan Brotherhood member just released from a 14-year prison stint.

LAFF Review: Arthur Jafa Conducts Multilayered Exploration of Blackness in 'Dreams Are Colder Than Death'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 19, 2014 2:48 PM
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What does it mean to be black in America In the 21st century, at a time when we have a black president and black advancement, but major racial disparities in wealth, health, and prison sentences still plague us greatly?

LAFF Review: Bold Doc 'Out In the Night' Explores Black Lesbians' Rights to Self Defense

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 17, 2014 3:14 PM
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Fresh off its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, "Out In the Night" centers on four black lesbian women from Newark, New Jersey who become the targets of unwanted sexual advances from a man outside of the IFC movie theater in New York City’s West Village in 2006.

Review: Good Performance By Andre Benjamin Isn't Enough To Bolster Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side' (At LAFF)

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • June 16, 2014 4:09 PM
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To its credit, the movie is also unafraid of complicating its portrait of the artist by also presenting some of the (allegedly) unsavory elements of Hendrix’s personality.

Review: Darius Clark Monroe's 'Evolution of a Criminal' Takes Powerful Look at Life-Changing Decision (Screens At LAFF Today)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 16, 2014 3:33 PM
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It screens at the Los Angeles Film Festival today, June 16, at 2pm. See it!

Review: 'Edge of Tomorrow' is the compelling lovechild of 'Groundhog Day' & 'Starship Troopers'

  • By Dylan Green
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  • June 16, 2014 12:59 PM
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"Tomorrow" embraces genre clichés in a way that's earnest without feeling trite.