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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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  • 83 Comments
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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  • 6 Comments
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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  • 9 Comments
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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  • 4 Comments
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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Review - "Safe House" (Solid Technical Work Spoiled By Lack Of Originality & Utter Predictability)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 8, 2012 5:46 PM
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You’ve seen it all before in one form or another, in pieces or as a whole; rogue government operative (who “tested off the charts” of course) carrying secrets that could end the careers of many of his comrades still working within (or I should say manipulating) the system (CIA, FBI, MI6, La-Di-Dah, Dum-Di-Dum); naturally he’s a wanted man – ideally, they’d prefer his rotting carcass hand delivered to them, but they’ll take him however they can get him.
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Review - "Dreams Of A Life" (A Harrowing Reconstruction Of A Life From Collected Fragments)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 7, 2012 5:35 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.
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Review: "Splinters"; Adam Pesce's Riveting Documentary On Life (And Surfing) In Papua New Guinea, Screening At Cinema Village In NYC (FRI, 2/3/12)

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • February 1, 2012 9:26 AM
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When I first wrote about director Adam Pesce's Papua New Guniea-set documentary Splinters last year, I hadn't yet seen it.  And despite Pesce's assertion that he "never set out to make a 'surf movie'", that's pretty much what I was expecting when I finally got a chance to view the film.  What I actually saw as I watched the film was pleasantly unexpected.
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Sundance 2012 Review - "Slavery By Another Name" (A Powerful & Eye-Opening Account Of *Lost* American History)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 28, 2012 11:28 AM
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Based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by Wall Street Journal writer Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name challenges the assumptions that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

Sundance 2012 Review - "2 Days In New York" (Familiar But Still Engaging)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 25, 2012 4:30 PM
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This will be a quick and painless one; I arrived back in NYC (from Sundance) this morning and I've been caught up in a whirlwind of work to do; I'm also having trouble keeping my eyes open after that marathon 5-day business trip to the festival.