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TIFF Review - Shola Lynch's Sobering, Candid 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 9, 2012 9:33 PM
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Question: You had a pretty bourgeois and comfortable childhood, in Birmingham; and so did your sister [Angela]; can you trace the development of someone from that kind of background into a revolutionary and Marxist person?

Review: 'Detropia' (Moving, Avant-Garde Portrait Of A Once Economically Vibrant City) Opens TODAY

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 7, 2012 5:21 PM
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This haunting piece of documentary cinema tells the story of one city in economic decay; but really, as the real people in the film repeatedly state, this isn't just a Detroit problem; it's an American problem, and other cities within the country will eventually experience a similar fate; that is unless something is done to reverse trends brought about by what we call globalization, as captains of industry make decisions based almost entirely on the need to generate profit.
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Review - 'Sparkle' (A Remake That Doesn't Live Up To The Original)

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • August 17, 2012 9:34 AM
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It's rare that I vouch for a film greatly before I’ve seen it. I love cinema way too much to do that. However, that is not the case with Tri-Star’s “Sparkle.”
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Review: Stylish, Atmospheric War Vet Action Drama 'The Kill Hole' Is Anchored By Gripping Performances

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 12, 2012 12:43 PM
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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) is written and directed by Mischa Webley, his writing/directing debut.
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Slow Jam, Experiencing Media as Love Letter in Jamaica or What I thought of the 'OnePeople' Documentary

  • By Terri Francis
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  • August 9, 2012 5:44 PM
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Review - 'Red Hook Summer' (An Attempt To Make Sense Of Spike Lee's Trip To Wonderland)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 9, 2012 3:23 PM
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Well, after first seeing the film at the Sundance Film Festival in January, I wrote a lengthy piece sharing my many reactions to what I saw then; skip ahead almost 8 months later, when I saw the revised cut of the film at a press screening about 2 weeks ago, and, despite it being 15 minutes shorter, my reactions were still exactly the same as the first time I saw the film.

New Arab Cinema Review - Egyptian Drama 'Cairo Exit' Is Timely And Resonant

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 6, 2012 9:40 AM
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From August 24 to 29, the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) will be running a film screening series called ORIENTATION: A NEW ARAB CINEMA - a new partnership between the FSLC and the Dubai International Film Festival, presenting a series of recent feature films and shorts that have recently been supported by the Dubai Film Market.
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Review: Rashida Jones Stars in 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' (in Theaters Today)

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • August 3, 2012 12:51 PM
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It’s an adorably hipster account of a couple’s divorce, told from the wife’s point of view. From the artful opening credit sequence laying out their friendship-turned-courtship, we watch the unraveling of what seems like the perfect couple.

Review - 'Dreams Of A Life' (A Harrowing Reconstruction Of A Life From Collected Fragments)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 3, 2012 9:13 AM
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With Carol Morley's Dreams Of A Life finally opening in USA theaters today, August 3rd, courtesy of Strand Releasing, Here's my review of the film from February, when I first saw it.

More Than A Few Words About Post-War German Cinema, Race and 'Toxi'

  • By Sergio
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  • August 1, 2012 9:21 PM
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For anyone interested in foreign films, one of the most interesting periods of German filmmaking was the post war period between 1946 to the mid 1960’s.