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SXSW 2012 Review - "In Our Nature" (Strong Performances & Camera Work, But Ultimately Too Familiar)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 11, 2012 3:10 AM
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Not a lot I was particularly moved by here; and, to be frank, my sole reason for seeing the film was due to Gabrielle Union's (though mostly supporting) presence in it, so I'll make this one short and sweet.

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 10, 2012 9:53 AM
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Well… it’s not as terrible as I expected it to be?

Review - South African Drama Centered On Poet Ingrid Jonker "Black Butterflies" (Opens This Weekend)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 1, 2012 8:30 PM
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Dateline: Cape Town, South Africa, under Apartheid, the 1960s. Racial segregation enforced by the National Party government of South Africa, under which the rights of the majority 'non-white' inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed, while minority “white” rule was maintained.
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Review - Vivian Ducat's "All Me: The Life And Times Of Winfred Rembert"

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • March 1, 2012 1:18 PM
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S&A readers in the Salem, MA area are in for a treat tonight, when the Vivian Ducat-directed documentary All Me: The Life and Times Of Winfred Rembert screens at The Peabody Essex Museum @ 7PM, as part of the Salem Film Fest.

Dwayne McDuffie's Final Movie JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM Out Today on DVD

  • By Curtis Caesar John
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  • February 28, 2012 10:34 AM
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It is exactly one year and a week since the passing of media maestro Dwayne McDuffie, known more widely for his writing on the various Justice League cartoon series of the past decade as well as for Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien, but more prominent as a comic book writer, enthusiast and advocate for better Black representation in that medium which he backed up in 1993 by being the co-founder of Milestone Media which along with other Black creators established a universe within a universe at DC Comics (home to Superman, Batman, etc) populated by mostly Black and ‘minority’ heroes such as Hardware, Icon, the Blood Syndicate, and their most continual popular character, Static. 

Review: Tyler Rides, Dances To 2Pac & Brawls But Still Fails To Convince He's "Good" Enough For The Job!

  • By Monique
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  • February 25, 2012 1:00 PM
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Tyler Perry’s new film Good Deeds opened in theaters yesterday; it stars Perry in the lead role with Thandie Newton, Brian White, Gabrielle Union and Phylicia Rashad. I caught one of the earlier showings here in Chicago, but before I get into my critique of the film, I supposed a brief summary might be in order…

Review: Leila Djansi's "Sinking Sands" (2011) - A Poignant Look At Spousal Victimization & Independence

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 23, 2012 6:28 PM
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I finally caught Leila Djansi’s sophomore feature film effort Sinking Sands last night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available through Netflix; I opted to rent it via Amazon on Demand.
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PAFF 2012 Highlights #1 - Russ Parr's "The Under Shepherd"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 22, 2012 1:51 PM
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The 2012 installment of the Pan African Film Festival ended on Monday; I caught a late night flight back to New York City and arrived yesterday, Tuesday morning, and a day later, I'm still getting back into the NYC flow of things.
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Berlinale 2012 Review - "Leave It on The Floor" Musical Explores 'Vogue Ballroom' Underground Culture in L.A.

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 20, 2012 7:35 PM
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As Tambay noted in two previous review posts (Call Me Kuchu and Indignados + Espoir Voyage), S&A reader Denise VanDeCruze (The Mic Movement - Amplifying Art In Berlin & Beyond), currently at the Berlinale Film Festival, is back with another review write-up to share with us!

Review - "Safe House" (Solid Technical Work Spoiled By Lack Of Originality & Utter Predictability)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 1:16 PM
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I posted this earlier in the week after I attended a screening of it; figured I'd post again today, since the film is now officially in general release:
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