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Sunday, January 20 2013

The Best Guilty Pleasure Films of 2012

As much as we hate to admit it, these addictive missteps captured our attention in ways cinema shouldn't. Others will condemn them. We can't complain... not at all.

Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.

Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best Female Film Performances of 2009

Some in the media would have you think it was a sparse year for women on the silver screen. One peak at this amazing list of 20 girl power performances will have you giving said sentiments a specious second look.


Friday, August 16 2013

Life on the Inside: 'The Butler'

The White House butler is simultaneously removed from and immersed in history in the making.

Friday, October 5 2012

'The Paperboy' Is Titillating and Tedious

The many displays of debauchery have to do with low class, in several senses.

Thursday, May 31 2012

Cannes 2012: 'The Paperboy' + 'Like Someone in Love'

The Paperboy and Like Someone in Love complicate viewers' experiences, detailing the lives of characters who look at first like they're only clichés.

Wednesday, March 17 2010

Precious Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Precious is neither a rags to riches story nor is it a relentlessly bleak portrait of a miserable life. Thanks to Gabourey Sidibe, Precious herself is as funny and charming as she is angry and depressed.

Friday, November 6 2009

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire is concerned with lasting effects -- on individuals and especially, on communities.

Shadowboxer (2005) [20.Jul.06]


Friday, August 16 2013

Racism, 'The Butler,' and the Audible "Gasp!"

For some, the events in The Butler will be previously unknown and now new. That should never be the case, considering how shortsighted we can be as a society.

Monday, November 23 2009

All Pain, No Gain: 'Precious' vs. 'The Road'

Warning: Massive Spoilers Ahead

Saturday, November 21 2009

Is 'Precious' the Next 'Monster's Ball'?

When it comes to Hollywood and representation of African-American women, I propose that the present decade might be viewed as beginning with Monster’s Ball (2001)

Friday, November 20 2009

'Precious' Is Powerful, If Problematic

There is nothing worse than child abuse of any kind - physical, psychological, sexual. It's a demonstration of power perverted, of adults taking advantage of

Wednesday, June 3 2009

Precious dir. Lee Daniels (trailer)

When Oprah and Tyler Perry get together, you know it has to be important. This film received at standing ovation at Cannes and there is


Friday, April 20 2012

Cronenberg, Daniels give Cannes lineup a North American spin

LOS ANGELES — The Cannes Film Festival is set to feature one of the richest North American slates in years, as Lee Daniels, David Cronenberg, Jeff

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