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All The RageActors, filmmakers and other invited guests converged on the Culver Plaza Theatre in Culver City on Wednesday for the opening of the Pan African Film Festival, which this year features 121 films from 31 nations. Actor Nate Parker of "The......
Zap2It.comWith his brazen gifts for mimicry, Eddie Murphy may now be the Peter Sellers of blockbuster toilet comedy movies. His "Norbit" is a comedy for masochists--an often awful parade of flatulent gags about big butts, sadistic relationships and sexual idiocy,...
Times Staff WriterRob Hardy's "The Gospel" is another solid entry in the burgeoning African American faith-based genre that favors inclusiveness over preachiness and presents multidimensional characters. Featuring a number of noted gospel singers, "The Gospel" is rousing,...
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Times Staff WriterAfter a shocker of a prologue, "Woman, Thou Art Loosed" cuts to a preacher visiting a young woman on death row in an unnamed prison. The minister is the real thing, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and three years ago Time magazine put him on its cover as "America's...
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Los Angeles TimesFrom the moment director Taylor Hackford starts "Ray" with a shot of Jamie Foxx's fingers hitting the piano keys and breaking into the unmistakable rhythms of "What'd I Say," it's clear that Ray Charles' unstoppable music will power this film. It's...
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Times Staff WriterWith the fiery "Civil Brand," director Neema Barnette, in her theatrical feature debut, resurrects that old exploitation genre favorite, the women's prison picture, as an exposť of that contemporary phenomenon, the prison-industrial complex. Barnette's...
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Tribune staff reporter2 stars (out of 4) "Never Die Alone," the dark new gangland drama starring rapper DMX, purports to be literate film noir but comes off more like the overwritten project of a film school kid who just memorized his textbook on the style: "For pitch-perfect...
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NEWSDAYJust when you think there's nothing new to be done with either "blaxploitation" tropes or the ghost-with-an-agenda sub-genre of Hollywood gore, along comes Ernest Dickerson's "Bones" to goose the old formulas with crafty street folklore and antic,...
Tags: Death, John Singleton, Entertainment, Movies, Genres
TIMES FILM CRITICWednesday October 4, 1995 †††††Coming after Spike Lee's "Clockers" and Carl Franklin's "Devil in a Blue Dress," the Hughes brothers' "Dead Presidents" is the third significant work by an African American filmmaker to be released by a major studio...
Tags: Bokeem Woodbine, Sociology, Chris Tucker, Martin Scorsese, Death
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