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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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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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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:

Netflix Picks: "Prince of Broadway" is A Diamond in The Rough, An Urban Indie Gem

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 27, 2012 7:20 PM
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Unless you are a close follower of the festival indie circuit scene, you may have probably missed this wonder of a little film. Sean Baker’s Prince of Broadway, the low-budget critically acclaimed 2008 indie, has been available on DVD/VOD since last October, and is now streaming on Netflix. It's a film released prior to S&A's conception, but which we've profiled in the past.
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Review - "Restless City" Is Andrew Dosunmu's Ethereal Ode To A City He Loves

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 27, 2012 9:13 AM
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As it makes its theatrical debut today in NYC, LA and ATL, via AFFRM, here's a repost of my original review of the film...

Tribeca 2012 Review - "Broke" Paints An Incomplete Picture Of The Many Forces Draining Athletes' Bank Accounts

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 7:33 PM
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NOTE: This was a work-in-progress screening of the film I attended.

Tribeca 2012 Review - Kenya-Set "Wavumba" Is A Dreamy Homage To The Filmmaker's Youth

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 26, 2012 12:48 PM
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A film that's maybe more about mood and setting than narrative, Wavumba, from Ductch filmmaker Jeroen van Velzen, is a beautiful homage to a place and time - memories of the filmmaker's childhood, spent in coastal Kenya, steeped in mysticism, and driven by the tale of a single fisherman, Mohammed Masoud Muyongo, a legend of shark fishing, a man who proudly wears his scars as proof of decades spent clashing with subaquatic adversaries, and his resigned grandson, as they take to the seas in search of one final mighty capture.

Tribeca 2012 Review - Chris Rock, July Delpy Star In "2 Days In New York" (Familiar But Still Engaging)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 11:59 AM
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I saw this at Sundance in January; it's also screening at the Tribeca Film Festival which is currently in full swing; firgured I'd repost my quick thoughts on it for those who missed it after Sundance.

Tribeca Review "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story:" Heartbreaking Tale Of Good Old-Fashioned American Racial Intolerance

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 24, 2012 10:20 AM
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Making its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival which is currently in full swing, and was recently acquired by Tribeca Film for simultaneous VOD/theatrical release this week is the feature documentary Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story - a penetrating, truly heartbreaking film about good old-fashion American racial intolerance, its consequences and legacy.

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.