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Gentrification Blues: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails on 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'

Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails talk about their tribute to the old San Francisco -- before tech moved in -- in their moving feature debut, The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

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Blindness

If its political metaphor is plain, the aesthetic allusions are more intriguing, as Blindness works to show what can't be shown, to find a visual language for what's not visual.

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In the Land of the Blind

Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Jose Saramago’s Blindness fails because the source material doesn’t easily lend itself to cinema, and because the filmmaker is clearly out of his depth.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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Be Kind Rewind

Uneven and a little muddled, Be Kind Rewind might be a prime candidate for the very fan remixing it portrays.

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Be Kind Rewind

A set of relationships -- father and son, past and present, fiction and something like history -- forms the foundation of Be Kind Rewind, another gently antic film by Michel Gondry.

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Honeydripper

John Sayles' Honeydripper is less a conventional film than a bluesy collaboration -- slow-moving and contemplative, wily and laced through with cultural nuances.

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Bamako (2006)

At a time when Sicko is challenging the corruptions of the US health insurance system, Abderrahmane Sissako's beautiful, evocative film reminds you that similar abuses are worldwide.

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Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005)

This documentary consistently utilizes Aristide as a prism through which to glimpse the horrifying contradictions and turbulences that suffuse Haitian society.fr

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agoDreamgirls (2006)

An undeniably fun ride, albeit with too much restraint here, too over-the-top there.

Iquo B. Essien
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Shooter (2007)

While Swagger describes himself modestly, he's also one of those highly trained government instruments whose post-trauma mission in life is vengeance.

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Dreamgirls (2006)

The decidedly uneven score embraces the music of its moment, from soul to Motown to pop to disco, all filtered through Broadway, which means it's all too watery and white.

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Manderlay (2005)

Lars Von Trier resists few opportunities to deride the capitalist system that breeds a permanent underclass of wage slaves.

Jesse Hicks
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Witness: Special Collector's Edition (1985)

Bemused at times, Detective John Book is nonetheless captivated by the Amish community's simplicity, its decency, and its ability to thrive despite its antiquities.

Nikki Tranter
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Predator 2: Special Edition (1990)

According to director Stephen Hopkins, 'Los Angeles, with all its glare and dust, felt like a Western town to us, sort of a mining town that had been shoved up really quickly.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2003)

Under these conditions, the film suggests, another Florida is not only likely, but probable.

Jennifer D. Wesley
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Saw (2004)

Detective Tapp's convoluted weirdness is attributable to Danny Glover's resourcefulness, since the script doesn't know quite what to do with him.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Cookout (2004)

The sports reporters are upset: if Todd's not going to fit a stereotype, what good is he?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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