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ABFF 2012 Review: Compelling Political Drama 'Better Mus' Come' Misses A Few Chances

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 22, 2012 1:38 PM
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Directed by Storm Saulter from a screenplay penned by Saulter, Paul Bucknor and Joshua Bratter, Better Mus’ Come –a fictionalized account based on real life events - is set during Jamaica’s 1970’s political turmoil among government’s socialism supporters and the Labor Union rebels to the 1978 Green Bay Massacre, in which the government tacked down and annihilated these opposing gangs.
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ABFF 2012 Review: Leila Djansi's Emotionally Rich, Thought-Provoking 'Ties That Bind'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 22, 2012 9:30 AM
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If you have seen Leila Djansi’s Sinking Sands (see my review HERE), you would know that the ambitious filmmaker doesn’t shy away from female-driven, heavy and poignant themes that elicit intense emotions.

LAFF 2012 Review: What 'LUV' Says About Manhood, or the Lack Thereof

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • June 21, 2012 5:03 PM
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Writer/director Sheldon Candis’ first feature is a gutsy Baltimore drama centered on 11-year-old Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.), a fatherless youth who gets a lesson in the hard-knock life from his hustler Uncle Vincent (Common).

LAFF 2012 Review - 'Middle Of Nowhere' (aka "Nothing But A Woman")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2012 10:05 AM
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Its star-studded, 800-seat West Coast premiere as a gala screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival last night, deserved a redit and repost of my review of the film after I saw it as the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. 

ABFF 2012 Review - 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' (A Striking Feature Debut On Courage & Resiliency)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2012 9:30 AM
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Ultimately an ode to human resilience and self-reliance, Beasts Of The Southern Wild feels initially a little scattered, especially if you aren’t already familiar with the story; however by the second act, it all starts to come together and make sense. But what’s actually kind of interesting is that, without giving the plot away, there’s a structural chaos early on, that's accompanied by a blissful narrative; and as the film progresses into the second and third acts, there’s a reversal of that - the film’s structure seems to become much more orderly, while the narrative amplifies the tragedy.

LAFF 2012 Review: Award-Winning Documentary 'Call Me Kuchu' Captures Humanity Amidst Hysteria

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • June 18, 2012 3:55 PM
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That feverish pitch, or air of mass belief that I experienced during the missionary rally is the same thread brought out in the documentary, Call Me Kuchu, where co-directors Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright examine religious fundamentalist fervor, much of it imported from abroad, and how it morphs into a kind of homophobic hysteria that both enables and fuels the Ugandan government to consider passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would make homosexuality punishable by death.

Must-Watch: Poignant 'Sugar' Explores Struggles Faced By Dominican Ball Player w/ Subtlety & Realism

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 18, 2012 3:32 PM
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Here’s a film I should’ve watched three years ago upon its limited theatrical release; although it was indeed limited to only NY and LA. Sony Film Classics' 2009’s Indie Sugar is not your average sports flick; it avoids the usual for the love of the game and the glorious champion cliché’s so common among this genre.

Review - "The Art Of Rap" (An Unfocused Ode To A Music That Inspired Generations)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 15, 2012 11:45 AM
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In an interview posted on this site about 6 months ago, Ice-T said of his directorial debut, Something For Nothing - The Art Of Rap, that his intent with the film was to document the craft of rapping, and not all the crass excesses the music has become emblematic of. His goal, as he stated, was to produce a kind of rap masterclass for audiences of the music, teaching them how the music's best and most respected, both old and young, create - specifically, how the pen their rhymes.

LAFF 2012 Review: Contained Drama 'Four' Explores Issues of Identity and Secrecy

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • June 13, 2012 3:06 PM
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Anchored by strong performances by its four leads, Four is an intense and uncomfortable drama, yet certainly worth the watch.

We've Read It! Thoughts On Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Script

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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I was fortunate once again (see my write-up on Steve McQueen 12 Years A Slave script HERE) to have the opportunity to read the script for the Lee Daniels’ highly-anticipated period drama The Butler (a September 2011 draft).