Aramide Tinubu

‘Marshall’ is more of a thriller than a biopic (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - October 12, 2017

Superheroes. It’s a word that’s thrown around lightly these days. We eagerly flock to movie theaters and our television screens to watch metahumans with extraordinary strength and abilities conquer the world. In everyday life and certainly throughout history, there have been real-life figures who’ve defeated evil and transformed the world. They have been pillars of change who’ve forced mankind to move forward — whether we …

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Reginald Hudlin & the ‘Marshall’ cast talk the Supreme Court justice’s legacy & why the past is repeating itself

Aramide Tinubu - October 10, 2017

“You don’t have Obama without Thurgood Marshall,” Marshall director Reginald Hudlin explained to me as we discussed why he was inspired to bring the late Supreme Court Justice’s massive life to the big screen. In the midst of a turbulent fall where the world seems to be spinning out of control each day — Marshall is about to jolt us all awake again. Over the course of his lifetime, …

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‘Félicité’: Alain Gomis’ fourth feature is largely captivating (NYFF Review)

Aramide Tinubu - October 10, 2017

Some films are fully fleshed out narratives, with plot points and climaxes that viewers can quickly point to. These movies follow a certain path – there is a particular moment or resolution that the protagonist must reach so that their story can come to its conclusion. Other films simply embody emotion. These narratives are full-length works that capture exuberance, joy or even endless bouts of …

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Cinema on the verge: Jamaica’s film industry today

Aramide Tinubu - October 5, 2017

Film is alive in Jamaica. The lush Caribbean island is known for birthing reggae and its gorgeous mountains and beaches, but it’s also home to a burgeoning film industry with young filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors at the helm. Earlier this month, I traveled to the island to observe and be immersed in ScreenCraft’sinaugural retreat at Jakes Treasure Beach in Jamaica– but my education went well beyond the …

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‘The Mountain Between Us’ has beauty, but lacks substance (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - October 4, 2017

Adventure and wilderness films are tough to get right. These movies must have excellent scripts and superb actors to keep the audience engaged with the characters and keyed in with the narrative. This is especially difficult when a film lacks the typical bells and whistles like endless plot points and bustling backgrounds. Director Hany Abu-Assad’s latest venture, The Mountain Between Us — an adaptation of the romance …

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‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ unpacks the forgotten story of a woman who refused to be silenced (NYFF Review)

Aramide Tinubu - October 2, 2017

“I can’t help but tell the truth – what they done to me,” 97-year-old Recy Taylor says as she sits in her nursing home in Abbeville, Alabama. Taylor is elegant — draped in pearls with her reading glasses perched on her nose. 73 years later, she can recall in vivid detail the night that changed her life forever. Filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s new documentary The Rape of …

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner talks ‘Ten Days in the Valley’ & shedding that “nice guy” persona (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - October 1, 2017

Malcolm-Jamal Warner has been acting for over three decades — he’s also added music, directing and producing to his lengthy résumé. However, television has changed for The Cosby Show alum since he first made his mark on the world as Theo Huxtable. In many ways, it has been for the better. “There was a time where I wasn’t watching much television because there really wasn’t a lot …

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MoMA’s Black Intimacy series explores black relationships on film this October

Aramide Tinubu - September 29, 2017

Black intimacy is still a rarity on screen. Though we’re at a point where Black stories are more prevalent in both film and on television than ever before — Black relationships in the cinematic realm are still scarce. There’s a deep desire to see relationships both romantic and platonic between Black folks. During the sophomore season of Issa Rae’s hit HBO series Insecure, there was a ton …

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Deon Cole talks BET’s new game show, ‘Face Value’ and how ‘black-ish’ changed his life (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - September 27, 2017

It’s really early in Los Angeles; I can hear it in comedian Deon Cole’s voice as we chat on the phone, but he’s still excited to speak. His new game show series, Face Value is set to premiere on BET in just a few days. On top of that, he’s shooting ABC’s black-ish, touring, filming the Steve Carrell-produced series, Angie Tribeca and gearing up for Grown-ish — the black-ishspin-off that will debut …

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