Common more than pulls off the tough task in a revelatory, award-worthy turn.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Candis demonstrates a practiced hand in his direction, keeping the pace brisk and the tension taut. But there's no getting around the meandering and highly formulaic script.
| Original Score: C+
Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.
| Original Score: 3/5
An attempt to do something new in the field of boyz-n-the-hood relationship dramas.
Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.
| Original Score: 3/4
Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
Saved from its predictable plotline by a strong cast and a central relationship written and performed with sensitivity, LUV reveals the stakes of trusting in a role model and the costs when that person turns out to be human.
"LUV" may not convince with Woody's aggressively telescoped transformation. But the actors compensate.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It does not entirely succeed, but at its best "Luv" shows the kind of heart and intelligence that is always welcome - and often missing - in American movies.
his contains plenty of incidental pleasures, including some vibrant images of contemporary Baltimore and fun character turns from Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, and Dennis Haysbert.
Here is a film about African Americans that sidesteps all the usual, hopeful cliches and comments on how one failed generation raises another.
Succeeds on an emotional level even if it fails to deliver anything very surprising in terms of plot.
Candis generally displays solid skills, and clearly works well with actors.
if interpreted as "a fable" you may be able to shrug it off.
| Original Score: 6/10
Clearly inspired by the television show "The Wire," newbie writer-director Sheldon Candis stumbles through crime drama clichés in a prosaic coming-of-age movie that fails to connect on any level.
| Original Score: D
It's got the heart and soul, but not the brain.
Director-co-writer Sheldon Candis stretches a lot of the time, a romantic story seems to have been cut drastically, and the film's climax is far too typical.
A sometimes taut and occasionally preposterous day in the life of an 11-year-old accompanying his uncle on business in Baltimore.
| Original Score: 2/4
A hackneyed, from-the-streets Sundance drama that would be mostly forgettable if not for the performance of child actor Michael Rainey Jr.
| Original Score: 2/5
Candis doesn't trust his himself to pull it off, weighing the film down with a disconnected score that pushes an otherwise edgy story into melodrama.
| Original Score: 5.8/10