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Francis Lawrence

Features

Sunday, February 24 2008

I Am Obama: The American Imagination and the New Black Hero

If Americans are willing to believe that the former Fresh Prince of West Philly can save the world all by himself, then there is a possibility that a black man may be the next president of the United States.


Reviews

Monday, March 10 2014

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Is That Rare Sequel That Surpasses the Original

Satisfyingly faithful to the book and in turn, exciting and disturbing all at once, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy manages to pick up where the terrific first movie left off and run full steam ahead with the larger story.


Thursday, November 21 2013

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Heroes Are Fictions, Reluctant or Not

Going along is one means of survival in a game where poor folks fight and kill each other to save their district. Their struggles serve as entertainment for the privileged "1%", if you will.


Thursday, April 21 2011

'Water for Elephants' Hides a Passable Political Fable

The elephant is impressive. Rosie stands up on her hind legs. She stands on her front legs. She flirts with Robert Pattinson and drinks lemonade.


Monday, December 8 2008

I Am Legend: Ultimate Collector's Edition

This is as special as “special edition” gets, but it’s a set for a movie not worthy of the adoration.


Thursday, December 13 2007

I Am Legend

The clash with Alpha Male upturns the film's preceding focus on a Neville-only present.


Constantine (2005) [17.Feb.05]

News

Sunday, December 16 2007

He may no longer be fresh, but Will Smith remains a prince

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Back in the early 1990s, just as Will Smith was making the transition from rapper to television star with "The Fresh


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