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Review - Flavorless "Blue Like Jazz" Falls Flat

  • By Monique A. Williams
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  • March 21, 2012 10:35 AM
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Blue Like Jazz is a run of the mill coming of age story where white kids search for the meaning of life through debauchery, pontification, and tomfoolery.

SXSW 2012 Review - "21 Jump Street" (Wake Me Up When It's Over)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 15, 2012 3:37 PM
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  • 9 Comments
I’ll just keep this short and sweet and say that the movie just wasn’t for me; others in the audience seemed to really love it though, laughing at every little joke – and not just laughing, but laughing accompanied by screaming, fist pounding, feet kicking, cackling and much more.

Berlinale 2012: Review of Afro-Colombian Drama "Choco"

  • By Jasmin
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  • March 13, 2012 3:40 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Another review from S&A reader Denise VanDeCruze:

SXSW '12 Review: "Bay Of All Saints" Is Poignantly Revelatory and Inspirational

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 13, 2012 11:53 AM
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You can only imagine the stench from the sewage and garbage infested waters below their homes. There are hundreds of impoverished families, most of them African descendants, living in unstable shacks supported by stilts in the region of Palafitas in the Brazilian bay.

SXSW 2012 Review - Ya'Ke Smith's "Wolf" (What Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" Should Have Been)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 13, 2012 8:30 AM
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  • 45 Comments
The cinematic punch in the gut I so desperately needed before leaving SXSW and Austin, TX tomorrow morning, Ya’ke Smith’s feature film directorial debut Wolf is an audacious, potent drama that will likely elicit extreme reactions from viewers when it’s eventually in general release – reactions that will undoubtedly lead to fiery discussion centered around the central themes the film tackles.

SXSW '12 Doc Review: Teens Aimlessly Wonder Through The Night In "Tchoupitoulas"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 13, 2012 1:33 AM
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There seems to have been mostly documentaries featured this year at SXSW for the films pertaining to our site. One of them, Tchoupitoulas, helmed by brothers Bill and Turner Ross, began promisingly. The beginning sequences instantly hooks the viewer; the film introduces our teen protagonists in their New Orleans home, as they partake in domestic sibling rivalry, showcasing a palpably real, amusing and bittersweet dynamic between the youngest and one of the oldest brothers.

Berlinale 2012 Review: Sub-Saharan African Drama "Rebelle (War Witch)"

  • By Jasmin
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  • March 12, 2012 8:42 PM
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  • 0 Comments
A review from S&A reader Karina Griffith, from the 2012 Berlinale Film Festival:

SXSW 2012 Review - "Dreams Of A Life" (A Harrowing Reconstruction Of A Life From Collected Fragments)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 12, 2012 12:19 PM
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By now I’m sure we’re all familiar with the story, even if it’s just the broad details of it – young woman dies in her apartment and her body isn’t discovered for a good 3 years, as it lay there putrefying – which actually sounds like it could be a pitch for a fictional narrative, but actually is very real.

SXSW 2012 Review - "The Raid: Redemption" (Indonesian Actioner Delivers Relentless Bloody Brutality)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 12, 2012 12:17 PM
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A film that's already developing a cult following, even though it's only commercial exhibits have been on the film festival circuit, starting with a 2011 Toronto Film Festival debut (it's now a Sony Pictures property, scheduled for a US and Indonesia release in March of this year), The Raid: Redemption turned out to be exactly as others who'd already seen it, universally described it: a relentless, bloody, brutal action movie, with successive scene after scene of balls-to-the-wall-style choreographed violence that made even this writer flinch in a few instances.

SXSW '12 Review: "Gimme The Loot" Charismatic Duo Goes For Mischievous Ride, But It Runs Out Of Steam

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 11, 2012 7:25 PM
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Gimme The Loot Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last night, when I was able to catch the screening.