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ADIFF 2012 Review: 'La Pirogue' And The African Struggle

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • November 20, 2012 10:39 AM
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A vast expanse of ocean. A small boat, bobbing with uncertainty amongst looming waves. It’s an image that’s been created many times in many iterations across the cinema landscape - in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, in The Perfect Storm, more recently in Ang Lee’s opus Life of Pi. And now, also, in Senegalese director Moussa Touré’s latest film, La Pirogue.
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Experimentation In Arab Cinema From The 1960s To Now: Intimate, Inquisitive, Informative 'Fidai' (Algeria)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 13, 2012 11:07 AM
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Currently running at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) here in NYC is a three-part film exhibition titled Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, which aims to highlight a largely unknown heritage of experimental cinema from the Arab world.

'Scott Joplin' The Movie (How Not To Make A Film About A Black Composer)

  • By Sergio
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  • November 10, 2012 4:01 PM
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With all our recent articles of late regarding films about black classical composers such as Julius Eastman (HERE) and George Bridgetower (HERE), it immediately got me thinking about that Scott Joplin film starring Bille Dee Williams with Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis and Art Carney.

Review: 'The Central Park Five' Is An Informative, Infuriating Affirmation Of America's Racial Animus

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 5, 2012 1:24 PM
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This is less of a traditional review, and more of a lament.

VOD Review - '1/2 Revolution' (A Gripping Documentation Of The Egyptian Revolution)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 2, 2012 6:26 PM
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It's not been released on DVD or Blu-ray yet; but it's available on VOD platforms like iTunes, where I learned interested viewers can now both rent it ($4.99 in HD) or buy it ($19.99 also in HD).

DVD Review - HBO Latino's Brazilian Drama 'Filhos Do Carnaval' (2006)

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • November 2, 2012 11:31 AM
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While it was still a pain in my backside, being stuck in the house during Hurricane Sandy did provide me with an opportunity to catch up on some long-overdue DVD viewing.  First up was the International Emmy-nominated TV series from Brazil, Filhos do Carnaval (Hijos del Carnaval), an HBO Latin America Originals production.

Review: 'Flight' Has Enough Realism & Spectacle To Satisfy Mainstreamers (Opens Today)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 2, 2012 10:51 AM
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In Flight, Denzel Washington stars as Captain Whip Whitaker, a veteran airline pilot who miraculously crash lands a plane, saving nearly all 102 passengers onboard the flight. Afterward, Whip is hailed as a hero; however, as more is learned about Whip, and the crash landing, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really responsible, and what exactly happened to and on that plane.

DOC NYC Review - 'Venus And Serena' Is An Entertaining & Revealing Look At A Year In The Lives Of The Tennis Superstars

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 25, 2012 10:05 AM
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I'm not quite sure why the sisters (Venus Williams and Serena Williams) were reportedly furious over the content of the documentary, because, having now seen it for myself, there's absolutely nothing in it that I'd say was particularly damning; certainly not enough to overshadow everything else that the film documents in its 100-minute running time.

Tyler Perry's 'Alex Cross' Is Everything You Thought It Would Be (Reviews)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 18, 2012 12:41 PM
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I'm opting out of writing a review of this movie; I have little positive to say about it (well, maybe except for Giancarlo Esposito's few minutes on screen); so instead of doing the expected and beating it up in a critique (trust me, it's too easy), I decided to give you a balanced look at what other reviews are saying about the film.

Review: 'Brooklyn Castle' (Moving Look At Trials & Triumphs Of A Junior High School's Chess Team)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 17, 2012 4:36 PM
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