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Is He a Good Father, Katie?

Tricia McCallum | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tricia McCallum

My cinematic crème de la crème takes many forms. It may be one line of dialogue all on its own, or an entire scene's worth. It might be a look or a gesture from one character to another, or to no one in particular. It might be as simple as the quality of light the director captured at a window in early morning.

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

Interstellar

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.05.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The script, by director/writer Christopher Nolan and his brother, writer Jonathan Nolan, doesn't let the film get off the ground, literally, for 50 minutes. It meticulously, laboriously sets up the backstory and the reason why a trip to outer space is a do-or-die mission.

Nightcrawler

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This journey into a bleak world not fathomed before is intriguing, unnerving and haunting. You'll walk out of the theater feeling like you need to go home to shower and scrub this film off your skin.

St. Vincent

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

When you hire Bill Murray to star in your comedy, his eccentric curmudgeon persona comes with the deal. First-time screenwriter/director Theodore Melfi knew that and desperately wanted Murray to star in his movie, which is based on a true-life experience.

Dear White People

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien's perceptive observances take no prisoners.

Not a Holocaust Film

Isa Freeling | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

This is the story of Henrich Himmler told by himself and his family through their letters and personal diaries, which were not burned as he requested. They were secreted away by an American until the '60s, then given to the Israeli archivists.

I Am Ali

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.08.2014 | Sports
Dwight Brown

"I am the greatest!" Who can forget the cocky trademark phrase that was delivered by the most endearing boxer of all time? Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history.

Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre After Forty Years

Michael Darer | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Darer

I was completely oblivious to and uninterested with these ideas when I first saw Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror staple The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I was around twelve.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

Stories of Our Lives is an Intimate, Masterly Portrayal of Kenya's LGBT Community

Diriye Osman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

This act of voicing one's truth in the face of tremendous hostility is precisely what the filmmakers behind one of the most poetic and masterly cinematic depictions of queer life have done. They have documented the poignant personal stories of Kenya's LGBT community

Redefining Philanthropy: A Documentary Review of Art and Craft

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Art and Craft bears witness to the stigma of mental disorders and the difficulty individuals with these illnesses experience in receiving treatment by others that is respectful, without blame for their condition or judgment of the way in which they present themselves.

Space Station 76: Jack Plotnick's Refreshing Take on Sci-Fi

Wes Hurley | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Wes Hurley

Fresh, unique and thoroughly entertaining, the film was directed by the prolific film and TV actor, Jack Plotnick and is undoubtedly one of the most surprising and original movies in recent memory -- a dark, brooding comedy disguised as an homage to 1970s sci-fi.

Highlights from Miami's 18th Brazilian Film Festival

Zach Udko | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

Sexuality, infidelity and creativity dominate as central themes in the highlights from this week's lineup.

Get On Up

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The premise for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that neither species is perfect but maybe, though not probably, there is common ground. Endowing apes with human qualities, frailties and emotions is still an amazing spectacle 46 years after the original film.

Deliver Us From Evil

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

At first, you might think that this creepy crime movie is just another The Exorcist rip-off -- but it's better than that. Better.

The 2014 American Black Film Festival Premieres in New York City

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.24.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In 18 years, the American Black Film Festival has migrated from Acapulco, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, to Miami, Florida and now New York City.

Jersey Boys

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Four guys stand under a street lamp, singing their hearts out. That's the iconic vision of Doo-wop/pop groups like The Four Seasons. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys puts a name and face to that image.

22 Jump Street

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

In between gasping for air, as you laugh at the absurdity of it all, you might not care that the directors, writers, two leads and wacky supporting cast like to wallow in their own jokes.

Edge of Tomorrow

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Day after day. Over and over again. He can see his demise. But no on else can see theirs. Until....

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Comic book nerds may understand the gravity of the situation. A novice, who stumbles into a multiplex looking for that "fun" summer event movie, might not be so enamored.

A Review of 'Blue Ruin'

Michael Darer | Posted 06.30.2014 | College
Michael Darer

With beautiful cinematography, gut-wrenching and understated performances, and a sense of compassionate awareness for both its characters and its predecessors, Blue Ruin makes the case for the revenge film as human exploration more so than karma porn.

Movie Review: Manakamana

Matthew Harrison Tedford | Posted 06.28.2014 | Entertainment
Matthew Harrison Tedford

Manakamana is composed of several static shots spanning the length of a 400-foot magazine of 16mm film, which is incidentally about the length of the trip to the temple.

Finding Hillywood

Peter Clothier | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

No, that's not a typo. It is "Hillywood." Which is a thriving creative movie-making center set in the hills of Rwanda--hills, as this inspiring docu...