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Jul 28th

Sordid love triangle at center of searing Brit melodrama

Sordid love triangle at center of searing Brit melodrama This searing, coming-of-age saga, written and directed by Brit Andrea Arnold (Red Road), gets my vote as the best cinematic release of the first two weeks of 2010, if that means much. Last year, the movie made a big splash on the other side of the pond where it reeled in awards at film festivals in Cannes, England, Norway, Scotland and Croatia.
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DVD features adaptation of Tyler Perry's music-driven morality play

I Can Do Bad All by Myself is the sixth Tyler Perry play to be adapted to the big screen. Much like his previous productions, this faith-based message movie was crafted with an African-American audience in mind, between all the down-home humor and earnest moralizing around universal themes particularly of relevance to the Black community.
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Book review: Why I Love Men: The Joys of Dating by J.J. Smith

Book review: Why I Love Men: The Joys of Dating by J.J. Smith“Today’s dating environment is extremely competitive. The odds are much better for men because they are outnumbered by women in every state… For Black women, it is even more challenging. In our nation, there are ten single Black women for every seven single Black men, and over 70% of Black women are single. Is your goal just to meet new men so you can have fun dating, or are you interested in a long-term committed relationship? Either way, this book is for you.
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Rough streets of Newark showcased in gritty 4-hour documentary

Rough streets of Newark showcased in gritty 4-hour documentaryMayor Cory Booker may doing his best to resurrect Newark, but it looks like he’s fighting a losing battle, judging by Brick City, a riveting documentary focusing on the body count and wanton violence in the beleaguered New Jersey metropolis. The root of the problem is Black-on-Black crime emanating mostly from the neverending, bloody turf war between the Crips and the Bloods as they wrestle for control of the lucrative drug trade.
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Matthew Broderick falls for Sanaa Lathan in jungle fever dramedy

Terminally-grouchy Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) is a miserable loser having a midlife crisis. The divorced, unemployed stoner mostly fritters away his time getting high in his Shreveport apartment. He can’t even pull himself together for his emotionally-estranged, 11 year-old daughter (Jodie Ferland) when he has custody of her during visitation every other weekend.
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Faith-based documentary focuses on fatalistic evangelical Christians

Faith-based documentary focuses on fatalistic evangelical Christians In America, there are about 50-million fundamentalist Christians whose literal interpretation of the Bible leads them to believe that the Second Coming of Jesus is imminent. These devout Evangelicals refer to that eagerly-anticipated reunion as The Rapture, the fateful day on which the faithful will allegedly rise into the sky with their Savior while the rest of humanity is left behind to suffer for another seven years.
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Blacktrospective 2009: The best and worst of Black cinema

The very best African-American film fare from 2009 was released early on, starting with Notorious, Medicine for Melancholy and Not Easily Broken, all of which arrived in theaters last January. That same month, Precious made its big splash at the Sundance Festival, walking away with a trio of awards: best picture, director (Lee Daniels) and actress (Mo’Nique).
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