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The Alternative Spotlight: Black Cinema Rising

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Independent black cinema might finally be coming into its own and it’s worth focusing strictly on this moment. As a longstanding member of the Black Reel Awards, one of several entities that recognizes the best in black cinema each year, I find myself in the enviable position of having access to a number of films that rarely reach theaters in our area.   

Faster (Review)

Action thriller lacks a surprising or thrilling punch

0 Comments · Monday, November 29, 2010
Dwayne Johnson races down dark and dirty alleyways as an ex-con hunting down the men who double-crossed him during a major heist and killed his brother. Director George Tillman Jr. channels his inner Tony Scott here, but the script lacks a surprising or thrilling punch, and Tillman refuses to race fast and furiously into the darkest and most dangerous corners that would have at least made for some real B-movie glory. Grade: D.  

Notorious (Review)

Notorious B.I.G. gets the big-screen biopic treatment

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Soul Food director George Tillman Jr. helms this Hip Hop biopic based on the rise and untimely demise of Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G.), tracing his early days as a corner dealer to his relationship with Sean "Puffy" Combs and Tupac Shakur. Watching newcomer Jamal Woolard valiantly attempt to fill the big man's shoes inspires sadness (at the loss) and a sense of being underwhelmed by the proceedings. Grade: C.  

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