2013 will be remembered as the year Black directors proved to Hollywood that Black audiences want more than movies that only feature wise cracking matriarchal men. That they are diverse in their taste and want to be challenged. Interestingly enough while Hollywood makes efforts to attract foreign audiences here in the USA, audiences for Black movies seem to be swelling even controversial movies (Django, 12 years a Slave and The Butler have found support from large multicultural audiences
Passionate and powerfully acted, Fruitvale Station serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan
We feel the death on the platform so acutely not because it’s a stupid act of randomness, but hardly untypical racist violence, but because we’ve come to love this man. full review
Two youths from the Brooklyn projects attempt to fend for themselves on the streets after their parents are arrested in this urban drama from director George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious, Faster). It’s summer in New York City, and 14-year-old Mister (Skylan Brooks) is hungry. His irresponsible mother unable to hold down a job, Mister’s situation goes from bad to worse when she is taken into custody, and child protective services attempts to track him down. Meanwhile, nine-year-old friend Pete finds himself in the same sinking boat. Together, Mister and Pete search for sustenance while attempting to avoid the violence that plagues their neighborhood. All the while Mister grows to feel invincible, never realizing that it’s his vulnerability – not his youthful bravado – that’s truly his saving grace.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” is a moving bit of mischief and mayhem that will break your heart, give you hope, make you laugh, possibly cry. full review
It’s ironically rather short on standup from Mr. Hart himself, but structural problems aside, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain offers another example of why he’s achieved mainstream success on his own terms.
Rotten Tomatoes 63%
He is, maybe, a little too frenetic, too frequently at full speed. But when he gets rolling, the laugh lines come quick, one after the other, and he kills. full review
MOTHER OF GEORGE is a poetic and moving second feature by Andrew Dosunmu (RESTLESS CITY), starring Danai Gurira (Michonne from AMC’s The Walking Dead, THE VISITOR). Featuring stunning work by acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS), the film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and will make it’s New York premiere at the BAM Cinemafest before opening theatrically in mid-September.
Rotten Tomatoes 94%
It’s a powerfully sensual movie, gorgeously lensed colors and textures conveying its characters emotional states while thoughtfully exploring the range of human sexuality through Adenike’s experience read review
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