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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Movie Report #798, December 12, 2014

The Movie Report

#798, December 12, 2014


MOVIES:
  • The Captive ** 1/2
  • Difret ***
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings ** 1/2
  • Inherent Vice **
  • Lingaa ***
  • The Pyramid no stars
  • Top Five *** 1/2

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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Movie Report #797, December 5, 2014

The Movie Report

#797, December 5, 2014


MOVIES:

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

David Oyelowo & Ava DuVernay talk Selma on #BlackoutBlackFriday

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Following Paramount's first official awards consideration screening for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-centered historical drama Selma on Friday, November 28, star David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay (the latter in the midst of an especially busy day, her distribution company AFFRM also running a free day-long marathon of film and community discussion as part of #BlackoutBlackFriday), appeared in person for a talk moderated by awards season staple Pete Hammond. While there was some question and content overlap with the Q&A that took place after the film's world premiere at AFI Fest a couple of weeks ago, as one can witness in the complete video below, with the raw, genuine emotion surrounding the day--and, more specifically, the sobering events of the week that led up to it--what by design was to be another PR/campaign stop ended up becoming something far more valuable, powerful, and profound for all in attendance.

Selma opens in limited release on Thursday, December 25, and expands to cinemas nationwide on Friday, January 9 from Paramount Pictures.


(Special thanks to Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo)

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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Movie Report #796, November 28, 2014

The Movie Report

#796, November 28, 2014


MOVIES:
  • The Babadook ***
  • Horrible Bosses 2 ** 1/2
  • The Imitation Game *** 1/2
  • Penguins of Madagascar ***
  • 25 to Life ***

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

An important message from Nate Parker: American Race - a film on the black male crisis

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Please support and share this important message/cause from actor/filmmaker/activist Nate Parker:

Family, Friends and Concerned Citizens,

I’m reaching out to you to inform of a campaign I've launched aimed at addressing the crisis affecting black males across America.

I was one of the many who tuned in two nights ago to witness the grave injustice hurled at Michael Brown’s family, loved ones and our community at large. I watched as the banner flashed across the TV screen exonerating Darren Wilson and I didn't flinch. The truth is, I knew when I visited Ferguson in September what the result would be. I knew outrage would follow. I knew the lifeless bodies of black men would continue to accumulate across America as we waited for the Justice System to remind us that black lives hold no value. The question that lingered in my mind as I witnessed Mike Brown’s body stretched facedown on the pavement, as I boarded my flight to Ferguson, as I heard the news of Ezell Ford, as I watched the video of John Crawford diving for cover, hear Eric Garner gasping for breath, Roshad McIntosh, LaQuan McDonald, VonDerrit Myers Jr., Cameron Tillman- and most recently Tamir Rice…

That lingering question: What will I do?

In response to this burning question, I contacted my friend and Academy-Award Nominee Amy Berg, a documentarian and truth teller committed to fighting injustice through her work. After intense strategizing, we have partnered, along with Award-Winning writer/director Matthew Cooke- to produce a documentary examining the Black Male Crisis that has become an epidemic in America.

In this documentary we will explore the rampant dehumanization and criminalization of black males. We will highlight the patterns of this systemic device and how that pattern created fertile ground the Michael Brown tragedy and many others.

Ferguson represents so many communities across America where the attack on black youth has further disrupted the possibility of racial harmony, further perpetuating the damaged relationship between black youth and police.

In creating a documentary that analyzes and creates solution for the Black Male Crisis in America- specifically in Ferguson- we can start a movement throughout the country that brings people of all demographics together to address racial disparity and White supremacy.

This is a time of great moral conflict, a conflict that needs the support of every able body to rectify. Join me in this journey. Your contribution and prayers will serve great purpose in preserving the lives of the most at risk human beings in our great country.

Thank you all for your support!

Nate

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/american-race-a-film-on-the-black-male-crisis




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Monday, November 24, 2014

Movie Music Monday: Nas, One9 & Erik Parker on Time Is Illmatic

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After making a strong splash on the festival circuit and serving as the centerpiece of a successful concert tour, Nas: Time Is Illmatic, the entertaining and illuminating documentary commemoration/exploration of the hip hop artist's seminal 1994 debut album Illmatic, is now looking to parlay the enthusiasm and near-universal acclaim into some well deserved awards buzz. As part of the campaign, director/producer One9, and writer/producer Erik Parker and the artist himself took part in a candid and lively discussion to an over-capacity crowd after a special screening held at the Landmark in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 21. Beyond the usual Q&A insights, the event was highlighted by an impromptu live performance by one young attendee, as one can see in the complete video of the event below.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic is now available on demand from Tribeca Film.

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(Special thanks to One9 and Erik Parker)

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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Movie Report #795, November 21, 2014

The Movie Report

#795, November 21, 2014


MOVIES:
  • Chaar Sahibzaade (The Four Princes) ***
  • Happy Ending ** 1/2
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 1 ***
  • Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas 1/2*

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