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Iverem's Top Ten Movies for 2010

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 5:35 PM


"Fair Game"
"...For me, this film is easily a contender for picture of the year. In the world we live in, filled with political spin and outright lies masquerading as news, there is nothing like a does of history and fact to set us straight. The...

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Aftermath: The Black Panthers

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 5:25 PM


"Night Catches Us" explores the outer edges of both the Black Panther Party and the Black Power Movement as it waned in 1976. By choosing to portray an era of ebbing of energy for that movement, director-writer Tanya Hamilton sidesteps the politics and passion that gave the movement...

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Turning Off The Daily Show

(31) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 1:18 PM

Recently I decided -- for probably the third or fourth time -- to stop watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central cable channel. But this time, I've stuck to the decision far longer than before. In the past, I've crawled back like a night owl news...

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High Crimes And Misdemeanors

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 5:56 PM


Two trips to the theater this week reinforced to me why movies are important. Just as they have the power to delude us or lull us into fantasy, they also have the amazing capacity to offer truth in times of official misinformation.


"Client 9" is a...

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The 'Colored Girls' House of Pain

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 11:49 AM


When it comes to what he puts on the big and small screen, no one can accuse Tyler Perry of avoiding controversy. His latest production, a film version of the classic Black stage play, "For Colored Girls...Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," will open a...

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Avatar -- Fight the Power!

(36) Comments | Posted December 24, 2009 | 9:03 AM

Who would have thought that "Avatar", this year's computer-generated masterpiece, would be a narrative taken from real-world conflict? Or that the stars would be a "people of color"? Yes, in the "Avatar" screening, I sat in the dark with my Mr. Magoo 3-D glasses and was so thoroughly immersed in...

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Invictus Needs to Get Real

(27) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 12:55 PM

How you view Invictus will be shaped by how you view the struggle for a free South Africa.

Despite the regal performance by Morgan Freeman, it may be difficult for those who fought for a South Africa to see the narrative presented by Invictus as anything other than a diversion...

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Seeing 'The Blind Side'

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 11:16 AM


What football fan can resist the story of Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle, who overcame homelessness, abandonment and an inadequate education to become a first-round NFL draftee? What football mom can resist the character of Leigh Anne Touhy, even if played by Sandra Bullock, who took...

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Precious and Painful

(7) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 12:25 PM

In the films of Lee Daniels, horror is expressed through a claustrophobic Black pain that Hollywood finds absolutely compelling. In Precious, the fifth film that Daniels has either produced or directed, he returns to the formula that won him acclaim and won Halle Berry an Oscar for her role in...

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Bombing Capitalism

(4) Comments | Posted October 12, 2009 | 11:01 AM

On a throwback vibe, you could say that Capitalism: A Love Story is the bomb.

By exploring the economic system of capitalism as an evil, Moore fires a salvo into the heart of America's social machine. Along the way, he explodes some serious myths: Myth #1: that the...

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Relax and Get Good Hair

(15) Comments | Posted October 12, 2009 | 10:41 AM

In his new film, Good Hair, Chris Rock approaches the subject of black women's hair--all at once--like a man, like a novice, like a voyeur, and like a comedian in his investigation of hair weaves and hair straightening relaxers. And the results are mixed. In his exploration, he all...

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