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L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Reviews: "Illusions," "Fragrance," and "Rain"

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • January 10, 2013 1:02 PM
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. Over the next few weeks, we'll be revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles a year ago... here's another.

L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review - Jamaa Fanaka's 'Penitentiary'

  • By Brandon Wilson
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  • January 9, 2013 11:53 AM
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Boston Globe Film Critic Likens Samuel L. Jackson's 'Django' Character To Black Republicans

  • By Sergio
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  • December 31, 2012 12:07 PM
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  • 15 Comments
To let you in on something, we had decided that we had been Django'd out here on S & A; But wouldn't you know it? Something comes along that caught my eye, and I just couldn't help myself. The film is like the gift that just keeps on giving.

'Django Unchained' Opens Big Today; What We Thought + What You Thought...

  • By Courtney
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  • December 25, 2012 7:06 PM
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Since Django Unchained opened today, Christmas Day, to impressive numbers ($10 to $13 million according to Deadline, opening on 3,010 screens), and some other outlets are releasing their reviews, I thought we'd remind you all that both Sergio and Tambay saw the film and reviewed it separately about 2 weeks ago, each with different reactions to it.

Review: Said Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! (Algeria's Submission For Best Foreign Language Oscar)

  • By Courtney
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  • December 17, 2012 3:02 PM
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I'm not sure if it's widely-known that the opening sequence of Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 masterpiece Battle of Algiers, features the execution of the man who's at the center of Said Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! - Algeria's selection for the Best Foreign Language Oscar category.

Review: 'Yelling To The Sky' (Call It The Cinematic Equivalent Of Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew')

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 14, 2012 4:40 PM
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Review - 'The Loving Story' (A Uniquely Personal, Poignant Reminder Of The USA's Racist Past)

  • By Courtney
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  • December 14, 2012 10:01 AM
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Directed by Nancy Buirski, The Loving Story centers on the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in the state of Virginia where interracial coupling was illegal, and their struggles, including the US Supreme Court case named after them - Loving vs Virginia (1967), the landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, declared Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute, unconstitutional, overturning existing laws and bringing an official end to all race-based restrictions on marriage in the United States.  

Tambay's Epic 'Django Unchained' Review - Kill The Noise (Nothing Is Silent)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 12, 2012 3:03 PM
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Warning: This is long. As you can see at the bottom, it's broken up into 4 pages, so just click to go to the next page to continue reading.

More Than A Few Words (Maybe Too Many...) About 'Django Unchained'

  • By Sergio
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  • December 12, 2012 12:05 AM
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  • 48 Comments
Oh boy here we go…

ADIFF 2012 Review: Stylish War Vet Action Drama 'The Kill Hole' Anchored By Gripping Performances

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • December 4, 2012 11:33 AM
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Screening at the ongoing African Diaspora International Film Festival here in NYC (the film's New York premiere) is the indie action drama The Kill Hole - a film we’ve been covering since it made its premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Fest back in January (it won the best feature film award at the New Jersey Film Fest last month); it is written and directed by Mischa Webley, his writing/directing debut.