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Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Producer Will Packer and Director Malcolm D. Lee Talk The Cleverly Crafted ‘Night School’

Aramide Tinubu - September 26, 2018
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Life comes at you fast, which is certainly the case for Kevin Hart’s character Teddy in the new Will Packer-produced comedy, Night School. Teddy is a high school dropout, whose charisma and impressive salesman abilities have allowed him to create a precariously built life of luxury with the woman of his dreams, Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke). However, his world crumbles under his feet when he finds himself …

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TIFF Interview: Director A.V. Rockwell Talks Her Film ‘Feathers’ And How Philando Castile’s Death Inspired Its Powerful Storyline

Aramide Tinubu - September 24, 2018
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Countless films have examined the pain and traumas of black, male adolescence. From Moonlight to Menace II Society, these stories have woven stunning tapestries, which unpack what it means to come of age as a black male in America. However, few films have provided a space of healing for their characters, allowing them to work through their pain to overcome their past.With her lush, 19-minute short, Feathers, director A.V. Rockwell …

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Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian On ‘Fig Tree,’ The Brutality Of War And The Sacrifice Of Filmmaking

Aramide Tinubu - September 21, 2018
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War is horrific and cruel. Its brutalities burrow into the memories of everyone it touches, forever changing landscapes and lives left in its wake. From her memories of the end of the Ethiopian Civil War, Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian takes an unflinching look at war in her feature film debut, Fig Tree. A sumptuous film about pain and perseverance, Fig Tree was awarded the Audentia Award for Best …

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Regina Hall On Bringing Angie Thomas’ World To Life In ‘The Hate You Give,’ And Why It’s Always A Wonderful Time To Be A Black Woman

Aramide Tinubu - September 21, 2018
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Regina Hall didn’t expect to be a part of the film adaptation of Angie Thomas’ explosive novel, The Hate U Give. She was cast as Lisa Carter, the loving but no-nonsense mother of protagonist Starr Carter, quite by chance. The novel and film chronicle Starr’s experiences with law enforcement, her school and her community, after she watches her childhood friend get gunned down by a police officer. …

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TIFF Review: Stella Meghie’s ‘The Weekend’ Is Witty, Raw & Proves That Three Is Always A Crowd

Aramide Tinubu - September 20, 2018
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Everything can change over the course of three days, as is chronicled in Stella Meghie’s biting comedy The Weekend. Struggling stand-up comedian Zadie (Saturday Night Live alum Sasheer Zamata) is 29, and — as she puts it — “extremely single.” Regrettably, Zadie’s nonexistent love life is mostly for lack of trying on her part. When she isn’t busy trying out new material on stage, she’s still …

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‘Green Book’ Pushes Past Generic Storytelling To Present A Stunning Tale Of Race Relations In The ’60s

Aramide Tinubu - September 13, 2018
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From Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? to The Help, many films have examined race relations in the 1960’s. Some like Malcolm X have considered a specific character or moment in history. Others like To Sir, With Love, allowed the tumultuous times to exist in the backdrop of their stories, becoming a time capsule of America’s shameful past and wicked present. Despite the plethora of work on the subject, there has never been …

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‘Assassination Nation’ Is A Social Thriller That Digs Into Violent Masculinity, Transphobia And Privacy Issues That Speak To Everyone In The Internet Age

Aramide Tinubu - September 11, 2018
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If you’ve ever wanted to know what would go down if the Salem Witch Trials happened in the midst of the #MeToo Movement, then Assassination Nation is your answer. There’s a lot to untangle in Sam Levinson’s feminist revenge fantasy. An ambitious but somewhat chaotic film, Levinson invites his audience into Salem—an American suburb where real horrors lie in everyone’s cell phone histories, downloads, and clouds. Four young …

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Don’t Expect ‘The Hate U Give’ To Deliver Sanitized Storytelling Around Race

Aramide Tinubu - September 11, 2018
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The late rapper Tupac Shakur only saw 25 birthdays. However, during his short life, he came to understand the black experience in America, which he summed up as T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E, meaning, “The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everybody.” This haunting perspective would influence Angie Thomas’ award-winning novel The Hate U Give, which is now a feature film. Helmed by veteran director George Tillman Jr., Amandla Stenberg brings Thomas’ …

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Gabrielle Dennis On The Explosive ‘Bobby Brown Story,’ Becoming Whitney And Getting Villainous For ‘Luke Cage’

Aramide Tinubu - September 5, 2018
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Gabrielle Dennis has an aura of fearlessness about her. The Howard University alum first rose to fame in 2008 when she stepped onto the television scene as Janay, the woman who came between Derwin (Pooch Hall) and Melanie (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) on the long-running dramedy The Game. Since then, Dennis has claimed her spot in the Marvel Universe in Netflix’s Luke Cage, starred opposite Morris Chestnut on the …

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Sixteen-Year-Old Myles Truitt Electrifies ‘Kin,’ A Riveting Film Executive Produced By Michael B. Jordan

Aramide Tinubu - August 30, 2018
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The world can feel massive and cruel. For many of us, especially young people of color living in the inner cities of this country, happiness and a sense of connection can feel out of reach, even at the earliest stages of our lives. In Kin, directors Jonathan and Josh Baker shine their light on Elijah – called Eli (newcomer Myles Truitt), a 12-year-old Black boy living …

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