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Broadway Review: Riveting 'A Streetcar Named Desire' Revival Has Soul

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 7, 2012 8:11 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Occasional S&A contributor and screenwriter/producer Kia Barbee was able to attend a show of the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and, impressed with the play, she was more than willing to share her thoughts with us.
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A Few Words About 'Prometheus' (And They're Not All Good)

  • By Sergio
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  • June 6, 2012 6:07 PM
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  • 21 Comments
Yes the rumblings you’re heard about Prometheus are true. It is a disappointment.

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

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 1:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment
A question that filmmakers are sometimes told to ask themselves before deciding to embark on any project is whether it's a film that just has to be made - maybe because it's filling some need that's been relatively ignored. Rob Reiner's The Magic Of Belle Isle is as conventional and predictable a narrative as you can get in 2012, which left me wondering why it was made in the first place. 

Review: Distraught Young Black Cowboy Grieves Death of Friend in Short 'I Am John Wayne'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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I was able to catch a screener of the approximately 18-minute short I Am John Wayne, which Courtney profiled on the site last week. That post attracted much debate in the comment section, mostly due to the John Wayne reference in its title, and the possible negative connotations of that alleged racist character.

Review - 'Caught In The Crossfire' (Breezing Through 50 Cent's Cheetah Vision Film Library)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 4, 2012 5:31 PM
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Since it was announced that Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson had launched his own film company 2 or 3 years ago, Cheetah Vision, I've been casually watching to see what kind of work this new venture would yield. Throw in the10-picture, $200 million agreement his company has with George Furla's Hedge Fund Film Partners, and, well, we had to start paying closer attention to the man and his films sooner or later.

Review - "The Intouchables" Is Like "Bringing Down The House" Minus The Negro Spiritual

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 24, 2012 11:04 AM
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Maybe I’m just numb after almost 12 months of coverage of this film on S&A; but I came out of my screening of it, and the most I could muster up in terms of a reaction to what I saw was just a shrug.

Flashback To '65: "The Slender Thread" (Sidney Poitier Tries To Talk Anne Bancroft Out Of Suicide; Quincy Jones Scores)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 13, 2012 9:05 PM
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I was honoring Mother's Day earlier today by watching 1967's The Graduate for the umpteenth time, and was reminded of this 1965 film which also starred one of the stars of The Graduate, Anne Bancroft.

Review: "The Avengers" (YES. Period. Full stop. That's it. Done. See It!)

  • By Anslem Richardson
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  • May 4, 2012 11:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments
It opens today. A review repost.

Netflix Picks: "Little Senegal" Bridges Gap Between Africans and African Americans In This Reflective Tale

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 2, 2012 9:03 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Here's a film MsWOO talked about at the old site; when she saw a French version of the film with Spanish subtitles.
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Review - "The Avengers" (YES. Period. Full stop. That's it. Done!)

  • By Anslem Richardson
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  • April 30, 2012 1:47 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Okay, let's start off by saying I am quite possibly the most unabashedly biased person to have been chosen to write this review. I thought long and hard about submitting a one-word reaction to The Avengers: