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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.

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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