Movies & Television

Art Films Dominate the 2018 New York Film Festival

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic The new film by Oscar-nominated director Barry Jenkins plays right into the New York Film Festival’s style guide. If Beale Street Could Talk is a lushly created, gorgeously crafted work of art. At times the style outweighs the storyline, but most people looking for art films won’t care. The same can…

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Film Review: The Hate U Give

By Dwight Brown The phrase “The Hate U Give Little Infants F—s Everybody” gave the hip-hop group T-H-U-G-L-I-F-E its name. The sentiment from Tupac Shakur (and other group members, Big Syke, Stretch, Mopreme Shakur, The Rated R and Macadoshis) was that the kids you ignore or deride turn into young people who will be a…

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The Significance of “Sorry to Bother You”

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. I was excited about the prospect of seeing Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You from the moment that I saw the advertisements. Yet I was not prepared for the totality of the film because the ads emphasized only one piece: the white voice. Without giving away the plot, the “white voice” refers to how…

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“If Beale Street Could Talk” Hits Theaters This Fall

Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel — the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated. Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a…

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Film Review: Night School

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic It’s a match made in heaven. Well maybe Atlanta, that’s where this film was shot. Kevin Hart, the rich, diminutive comic heavyweight shares the silver screen with the breakout star and his former protégé, the very cray cray Tiffany Haddish. There’s a great potential for outrageous, sidesplitting humor…

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Toronto: Eating, Drinking and Having Fun During 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

By, Dwight Brown,  NNPA Newswire Contributor For 43 years the Toronto International Film Festival has been the epicenter of the film industry. This year at TIFF, 500,000 filmgoers previewed the highest quality films in the world before they are shown at their local theaters. Many movie lovers come to Toronto, home to 2.5 million people from 200 distinct…

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Mahershala Ali’s New Film Green Book Wins Top Award at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival as Black Films and Artists Thrive at TIFF

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic Nearly 500,000 film lovers flocked to the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival screening over 250 films from 80 countries. Artistry and diversity, the hallmarks of TIFF, were on view. Black artists, filmmakers and films were a key part of the soiree. Big budget movies, small indie films,…

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Mara Brock Akil’s New Romantic Drama ‘Love Is…’ Highlights the Beauty of Black Love

By Shaquille Woods, Contributing Writer Her artistic vision created some of television’s most groundbreaking series. Titles such as Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane and The Game, highlight her ability to tell stories reflecting the black experience. Mara Brock Akil spoke to the Los Angles Sentinel Newspaper about her new romantic drama series Love Is. The show,…

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