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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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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.

SXSW '12 Review: "The Last Fall" Delivers An Earnest Look At Life After Football

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 11, 2012 1:07 PM
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Matthew Cherry’s directorial debut effort The Last Fall is one that we have followed from its inception on this site via our S&A Filmmaker’s Diary.  It’s almost surreal that almost a year later the film is screening at SXSW Film Festival!

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.