Netflix’s ‘Bright’ refuses to take any real risks (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - December 21, 2017

Fans of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have probably all wished at some point that they could arise one morning and walk amongst magical creatures. These mystical beings might make our world more enticing and adventurous or at the very least break up the daily monotony that seems to bog us all down. With his new film Bright, Suicide Squad director David Ayer unveils a futuristic graffiti laced Los Angeles …

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Denzel Washington’s magnetism keeps ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ afloat (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - November 24, 2017

There are actors, and then there are chameleons. Never before in our contemporary times has there been a pillar of the entertainment industry like Denzel Washington. On the heels of the 25th anniversary of his astounding performance in Malcolm X, Washington has transformed himself into Roman J. Israel, Esq. Like the many many roles that have come before this one, Washington wraps himself in his character …

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Netflix’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ is bold, brilliant & black as hell (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - November 22, 2017

From the moment the Prince/ Notorious B.I.G. opening track rings out from the television screen, Spike Lee’s electric new Netflix joint She’s Gotta Have It springs to life. After much critique about his “woman problem” in some of his past work — Lee has gotten with the program. Tracy Camilla Johns’ 1986 Nola Darling, which was set against a crisp black and white Brooklyn background will always …

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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me’ is an electric look at an enigmatic performer (TIFF Review)

Aramide Tinubu - September 13, 2017

Black entertainers in this country shoulder a burden that we don’t often consider – that of representation. Even now in the 21st century, the Black artist must carry the entire race with them as they navigate career, politics and the complexities of their personal lives. Watching from the sidelines, we expect –perhaps unconsciously, for these larger than life figures to make choices that are conscious …

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BlackStar Film Festival Spotlight: Time travel & police brutality collide in ‘See You Yesterday,’ exec produced by Spike Lee

Aramide Tinubu - August 5, 2017

Loss often feels unfathomable — a festering wound that never quite seems to heal. All-consuming at times the weight of it all bears down on you. It becomes the sole object of your focus, the pain and heartbreak demand every ounce of emotion that you have. In some instances, the overwhelming sense of sadness might cause you to do some shocking things. In his superb …

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Review: ‘STEP’ is a spectacular embrace of black sisterhood

Aramide Tinubu - August 3, 2017

There is a deep ache embedded in Black femaleness — one not often considered when examining the experiences of brown hued women and girls. A mix of passion, fear and determination grips you and jolts you awake, settling deep into your person as you transition from adolescence to womanhood. Amanda Lipitz’s outstanding debut documentary STEP captures all of those feelings, provoking tears and electrifying the viewer’s soul. …

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Raunchy & Real ‘Girls Trip’ Might Be the Best Comedy of the Summer [REVIEW]

Aramide Tinubu - July 13, 2017

Malcolm D. Lee just gets Black women. The nuances and intricacies of Black womanhood aren’t often considered in cinema, especially not in studio films. Much more complex than its name, Girls Trip takes its comedic cues from the best aspects of The Hangover and Bridesmaids while underscoring the specificities of what makes Black women unique. The Best Man director isn’t afraid to get hyper-specific or raunchy, and his choices pay off immensely. Directing …

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