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Tribeca 2012 Review: "Supporting Characters" Explores Work Partnerships & Friendships w/ Clever Authenticity

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 23, 2012 9:30 AM
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Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend, Supporting Characters written by Daniel Schechter and Tarik Lowe and directed by Schechter, is described by the festival’s write up as a “masculine romantic comedy.” After having seen the film, I can understand how that statement fits the bill when it comes to this quirky-contemporary charmer.

Review: "Raisin In The Sun"-Inspired "Clybourne Park" Is A Well-Constructed, Witty Powder-Keg Of A Play

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 22, 2012 9:49 PM
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My first impressions after the first half of Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize winning play, Clybourne Park - which I saw on Friday night at Broadway’s Walter Kerr theater - were just how strong and seamless the writing and performances were, so much that I was thoroughly engaged for that first hour, which didn’t at all feel like an hour, and was anxious for the second half, hoping that it would continue along just as enthrallingly.

Review: "Marley" Is An Intimate Portrait Of A Man Who Would Become A World-Wide Phenomenon

  • By Monique A. Williams
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  • April 20, 2012 9:53 AM
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It opens today, in theaters, and available via several VOD platforms, so you have options, and you should take advantage of them.

Tribeca 2012 Review - "War Witch" Is A Harrowing Yet Beautiful Tale Of Courage & Resiliency At A Time Of War

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 20, 2012 9:06 AM
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Rarely does war look so beautiful on film. I feel somewhat guilty saying that given the unspeakable acts of physical and mental torment the young protagonist in War Witch endures throughout its roughly 90-minute running time.

Thoughts on TD Jakes' "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day" By Kia Barbee

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 16, 2012 5:42 PM
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Screenwriter Kia Barbee (@kiabarbee) from Elmhurst Entertainment, an occassional S&A contributor and avid reader, agreed to give us some of her thoughts in this short review of TD Jakes' Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, co-written and directed by Neema Barnette.
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Review - Haitian Djinn Carrénard's Guerrilla Triptych "Donoma" Is A Delightful Discovery

  • By Monique A. Williams
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  • April 12, 2012 12:01 PM
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Aaaaah...! There are some films that draw you in from the first frame. The type of film where you sit still, rapt, in no rush for a snack break not out of fear of missing something but fear of leaving the world you've been pulled into, one you dare not leave.

Quick Review: Must-See Doc "Rejoice & Shout" Now Streaming On Netflix

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 10, 2012 9:44 PM
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The poster for Rejoice & Shout really doesn't do this thoroughly engaging documentary any justice. I was able to catch the Don McGlynn-directed doc this past Easter Sunday. Now, I haven't gone to church in many months, and I don't consider myself a religious individual, especially when it comes to organized religion.

Review: "London River" Is An Affecting and Superbly Acted Tale of Humanity (Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 5, 2012 12:11 AM
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London River, directed by French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory, Outside The Law), made its way to DVD/VOD yesterday, when I was able to catch it via Amazon Instant Video. Aside from a few connection hiccups, I was able to fully appreciate this moving story of a market gardener from Guernsey, played by the magnificent Brenda Blethyn (1996 Secrets and Lies), and a French-speaking African man from France, the late Sotigui Kouyaté in a subdued yet superb performance, who arrive in London to search for their missing children in the aftermath of the 2005 train and bus terrorist bombings.

Review - Halle Berry In A Skimpy Bikini Wasn't Enough To Keep Me Interested In "Dark Tide"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 30, 2012 9:48 AM
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It opens in limited theatrical release today; reposting my review...

Review - "Surviving Progress" Is Muddled With No Definite Motivation

  • By Monique A. Williams
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  • March 29, 2012 10:11 AM
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What is progress? Is it a good thing? Does making more machines equal progress? These are the questions Surviving Progress aims to answer. They could have used a bazooka and still would have missed the bullseye.