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Review - Haitian Djinn Carrénard's Guerrilla Triptych "Donoma" Is A Delightful Discovery

  • By Monique A. Williams
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  • April 12, 2012 12:01 PM
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Aaaaah...! There are some films that draw you in from the first frame. The type of film where you sit still, rapt, in no rush for a snack break not out of fear of missing something but fear of leaving the world you've been pulled into, one you dare not leave.

Quick Review: Must-See Doc "Rejoice & Shout" Now Streaming On Netflix

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 10, 2012 9:44 PM
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The poster for Rejoice & Shout really doesn't do this thoroughly engaging documentary any justice. I was able to catch the Don McGlynn-directed doc this past Easter Sunday. Now, I haven't gone to church in many months, and I don't consider myself a religious individual, especially when it comes to organized religion.

Review: "London River" Is An Affecting and Superbly Acted Tale of Humanity (Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 5, 2012 12:11 AM
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London River, directed by French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory, Outside The Law), made its way to DVD/VOD yesterday, when I was able to catch it via Amazon Instant Video. Aside from a few connection hiccups, I was able to fully appreciate this moving story of a market gardener from Guernsey, played by the magnificent Brenda Blethyn (1996 Secrets and Lies), and a French-speaking African man from France, the late Sotigui Kouyaté in a subdued yet superb performance, who arrive in London to search for their missing children in the aftermath of the 2005 train and bus terrorist bombings.

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 30, 2012 9:48 AM
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It opens in limited theatrical release today; reposting my review...

ND/NF 2012 Review - "An Oversimplification Of her Beauty" (A Beautifully Complex Maze)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 23, 2012 11:32 AM
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It makes it NYC premiere at the New Directors/New Films Festival tomorrow afternoon at 4:15pm at Lincoln Center (purchase tickets HERE); I saw it when it make its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and reviewed it soon after. Here's that review again for those who missed it the first time, and who might be on the fence about attending tomorrow's premiere.

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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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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Another review from S&A reader Denise VanDeCruze:

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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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.