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Film review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’

Film review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’

| April 22, 2017

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Trainspotting” was a breakthrough film back in 1996. An edgy, eccentric blend of debauchery and rebellion set to one of the best British rock soundtracks ever made. Twenty years later, the original director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “28 Days Later”) and screenwriter John Hodge assemble the same set […]

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Film review: ‘I Call Him Morgan’

Film review: ‘I Call Him Morgan’

| March 28, 2017

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Bee Bop. Jazz. The 1950s and 1960s were a hotbed for cool music, and the hip musicians, who played those genres on records and in smoky, dimly lit nightclubs, were a special breed. Years later, most people still revere legendary trumpeters like Miles Davis and Chet Baker and […]

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Film review: ‘100 Streets’

Film review: ‘100 Streets’

| February 11, 2017

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) The mark of a brilliant actor is that he or she can give a compelling performance even in a film that doesn’t shine. That’s the case with Idris Elba, as he nearly saves “100 Streets, a light, interwoven contemporary London drama from mediocrity. The concept for the film […]

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Film review: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

Film review: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

| February 5, 2017

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, left behind some biting and enlightening words about racism and the status of the Black Community that are just as relevant today in this age of the Black Lives Matter movement. Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924. […]

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Film review: ‘Jackie’

Film review: ‘Jackie’

| January 3, 2017

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) It must have been two weeks of pure hell for First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. First there was Nov. 22, 1963 to Nov. 25, the time span between the assassination of her husband and his funeral. Then the days leading up to Dec. 3, when she was pushed […]

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Film review: ‘Lion’

Film review: ‘Lion’

| December 20, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Saroo Brierley, a five-year old boy from a small town in India, got lost on a train ride, wound up at the massive Howrah Junction railway station in Calcutta and became an orphaned street kid. An Australian couple adopted him, but years later, at age 25, his yearning […]

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Film review: ‘Arrival’

Film review: ‘Arrival’

| December 10, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Nearly 40 years ago, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” set the bar very high for sci-fi films that eschewed conventional all-out action sequences and garnered their strength from immense suspense, evocative visuals and mind-numbing mystery. “Arrival” is in that same elite category. Brainy. Intense. Scary. It joins […]

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Film review: ‘Loving’

Film review: ‘Loving’

| December 9, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) For a long time, it was a forbidden love. Through slavery, the reconstruction era, on into the 20th century, particularly in the South, interracial romantic relations were looked down on and marriages were illegal. Anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in 16 states below the Mason-Dixon line. Marry […]

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Film review: ‘Moonlight’

Film review: ‘Moonlight’

| November 22, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) In just his second feature film, ‘Moonlight,’ writer/director Barry Jenkins tells a compelling story about sexual repression and ambiguity through the eyes of a vulnerable and confused little boy, who grows up to question his sexual identity as a teen and then finds a thin measure of serenity […]

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Film review: ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Film review: ‘The Birth of a Nation’

| October 15, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Wire Service Film Critic) Finally, a filmmaker unearths one of the biggest secrets in American history: slave revolts. It’s a lesson rarely mentioned in history books, though it’s common knowledge to anyone who has taken a Black History course. Kudos to actor-turned-director Nate Parker for shepherding this ambitious project from the […]

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