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"The Dark Knight Rises" - The Agonies Of Being A Caped Crusader

  • By Sergio
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  • July 19, 2012 12:14 PM
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The best thing about Christopher Nolan’s Batman films is that for comic book films they aren’t very "comic book-ish" which is why they work so well and appeal and transcend across all audiences.

Review - Chris Rock, July Delpy Star In '2 Days In New York' (Familiar But Still Engaging)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 6, 2012 9:21 AM
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It becomes available on VOD today... my review:

Review - Morgan Freeman Looks Bored In The Sterile 'The Magic Of Belle Isle'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 6, 2012 9:08 AM
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It opens in theaters today... my review:

Review: Doc 'Color Outside The Lines' Educates On Black Tattoo Artists & Breaking Industry Mold

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 3, 2012 9:30 AM
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Now available on DVD for purchase through the film’s website, the feature length documentary Color Outside The Lines was conceived by Tattoo artist Miya Bailey, owner of the Atlanta, GA tattoo shop City of Ink. The doc, in the making for five years, is directed by Artemus Jenkins, who is mostly known for directing music videos.
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2012 ABFF Review: 'Elza' - Touching Tale On Caribbean's Complex Racial Prejudices, Family & Forgiveness

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 28, 2012 11:25 AM
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ELZA (Le Bonheur d’Elza “Elza’s Happiness”), the first narrative film by Mariette Montpierre and the first directing effort ever by a Guadeloupean, was inspired by Montpierre’s personal accounts of searching for her biological father back in her native West Indies.

2012 ABFF Review: Conquering 'Otelo Burning' Finds Joy and Freedom Amidst Turmoil

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 26, 2012 6:43 PM
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Sublime in its rich ocean scenery, where you will indulge in for most of the film, the majestically photographed Otelo Burning is actually set in the South African province of Lamontville in the late 1980’s, around the time when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

Review: Compelling 'Ballplayer: Pelotero' Is Exposé On MLB Training Camps In Dominican Republic

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 25, 2012 10:29 AM
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A revealing portrait of one aspect of the business of baseball that may seem like relatively inconsequential business as usual for the average fan here in the USA, but is a matter or survival for those really young men (16-year-olds) who dream of multi-million dollar signing bonuses that will relieve them of the poverty they and their families live in.

Evocative Drama 'All Is Well' Takes Top Jury Prize at LAFF 2012 (Review)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 24, 2012 9:44 PM
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There are few films that haunt me until I write about them. Some films are meant to be remembered but not necessarily reported on. Today, when I found out that filmmaker Pocas Pascoal’s film, All is Well (Por Aqui Tudo Bem), won Best Narrative Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival following it’s North American premiere last weekend, I knew I had to write about it.
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2012 ABFF Review: Must-See 'Soul Food Junkies' Is An Amusing, Enlightening, Important Doc

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 24, 2012 9:13 PM
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Definitely a highlight at the American Black Film Festival, where it premiered and picked up the Best Documentary award, Byron Hurt's Soul Food Junkies is also a film we highlighted two months ago as a new project we’re excited about.

2012 ABFF Review: Eye-Opening 'Contradictions of Fair Hope' Gives Lesson in Identity & Dignity

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 23, 2012 11:41 AM
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S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf’s directorial debut Contradictions of Fair Hope, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, documents the nation’s last surviving philanthropic society. Founded in Alabama by freed slaves after emancipation, the Fair Hope Benevolent Society began as Black Americans joined to fund funerals and burials; efforts to preserve human dignity and in turn lift the community’s morale by honoring the lives of ex-slaves amidst oppression.