Shadow and Act

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Rating Title/Year Author
Joker (2019) Trey Mangum The huge problem with the film's storytelling is that it insults its audience's intelligence and toys with our perception, treating both as an afterthought. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Trey Mangum Earlier reports of the film mistakenly assumed that Murphy's Dolemite Is My Name was a remake of the original 1975 Blaxploitation film Dolemite. Fortunately, Murphy's film is an empowering underdog story EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Trey Mangum Consisting of the scrappy storytelling qualities of an indie film yet having the crowd-pleasing mentality of blockbusters, Hustlers will hopefully pave the way for investment in these types of narratives. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Black & Privileged: Volume 1 (2019) Porscheoy Brice Though much of the content covered by the film is serious in nature, there are bits of humor throughout that add a lighter tone to the topics being addressed. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Emanuel (2019) Mia N. Hall Expect to be hurt, angered, and also inspired by those who survived one of the greatest tragedies in American history. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Ma (2019) Brooke Obie The groundwork is there... And yet, Ma never really gets to be about Ma-or Sue Ann, the actual name of Spencer's character. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Bolden (2019) Nadine Matthews It's a film that is simultaneously beautiful and disturbing to watch. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Aramide Tinubu The Apollo is sprinkled with gems. Williams places his film within the context of Black history in this country while providing anecdotes about the theater itself. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) Aramide Tinubu What's My Name showcases Ali's gorgeous arrogance. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
The Burial of Kojo (2018) Kathleen Anaza The sonic achievement and innovative cinematography coupled with the Afrofuturistic tale of the power of a young girl's love make The Burial of Kojo an undeniably decadent and refreshing transformation of African cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
() Aramide Tinubu Chronicling three centuries Boss: The Black Experience in Business acts as a zippy history lesson. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Fast Color (2018) Monique Jones Often, we see the meme-like statement "Trust Black women" espoused on social media. However, as Fast Color proves, trusting Black women means empowering them and believing in their abilities to make the world a better place. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
() Brooke Obie It's a reminder that the standard of excellence-for Coachella performances, for visual albums, for global influence-is a Black woman who is Black as hell and she loves it. And she loves us too! EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Little (2019) Clarkisha Kent Little ends up being the little (ha!) film that could and injects itself with enough heart and humor to keep you curious and intrigued for its entire runtime. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Brooke Obie To give ally cookies to a former Klan president because he no longer believes Black people are "evil and dirty" is breathtaking. To reduce Ann's story to her friendship with this man as "a more important story," is even more so. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Aramide Tinubu Amazing Grace might not be the movie that Aretha Franklin expected, but it's the film that music lovers, believers, and everyone else desperately needs to see. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Us (2019) Trey Mangum With his second feature, Peele completely obliterates the concept of a sophomore slump, debuting what will go down as the first true, soon-to-be-iconic horror classic that we've seen in many, many years. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Monique Jones Captain Marvel is a film you should be proud to let your children watch. It will inspire them to understand there should be no limits on what women can achieve EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Juanita (2019) Nadine Matthews Mothers in American cinema are either deified or demonized," something Juanita successfully avoids doing. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Trey Mangum Despite spirited performances from several of its cast members, the promising sci-fi thriller falls flat. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Luce (2019) Trey Mangum Luce, a film so sharp with tension that you might develop paper cuts just watching it. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Trey Mangum Still, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is worth seeing and provides thought-provoking and impactful performances audiences won't soon forget. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin' (2019) Brooke Obie Just like her famous Instagram stories, it's hilarious. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) Aramide Tinubu Little Monsters is a brilliant contrast between the grotesque and the magical, which in many ways is precisely what a room full of kindergarteners is. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Selah and the Spades (2019) Aramide Tinubu More than the sheer delight of watching a powerful Black girl, Selah and the Spades is an earnest celebration of youth and power -something long-reserved for white teens while excluding young people of color. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Troop Zero (2019) Trey Mangum It's a fun, light and heartwarming affair that'll surely appeal to kids, their parents and everyone in between. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Pahokee (2019) Aramide Tinubu Though the responsibilities of the real world are looming, Pahokee is distinctive because it allows these teens to be children, to cling to their last carefree days without crucifying them for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Premature (2019) Aramide Tinubu Authentically raw - almost to the point where it was painful to watch certain scenes in the film, Green does not ease his audience into Ayanna's world. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Aramide Tinubu Most intriguing here is that unlike most subjects of documentaries who are long gone before their life's work is categorized and placed on display, there is no speculation about Morrison's journey. She tells it as it was and how it remains to be. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Time for Ilhan (2018) Malik Adán Despite all these thematic overtures, and a late-act scandal that could've been pulled directly from, well, Scandal, Time for Ilhan is peculiar in that it's underwhelming. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Native Son (2019) Trey Mangum Native Son successfully updates the story to 2019, begging the question: Is 2019 America so different than 1940? EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Aramide Tinubu With the one true horror element unseen and mostly unheard, we are left with a ton of gore and little of the suspense that the film's trailer promised. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Malik Adán It's the kind of pure storytelling that's often lost in a maelstrom of special effects, villains, hype and hoopla. But clearly, when it's done right, it can be as enjoyable as it is truthful, to reality and the comic book canon. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Creed II (2018) Brooke Obie There's... so much to enjoy in Creed II. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Green Book (2018) Brooke Obie M oviegoers who will leave this movie having learned for the first time that Dr. Shirley and Green Books existed but only through a white lens, deserved better than this shallow introduction to an integral part of Black history. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
Rafiki (2018) Joi Childs Kahiu's film reinforces that being who you are and loving in spite of the opinions of others is still a revolutionary act. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
Nommer 37 (2018) Aramide Tinubu Arresting and heart-stopping, Number 37 is a fiercely acted and directed tale of the intense mayhem that can be born out of anger, desperation, and sheer entitlement. The buildup alone is worth the ride. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Monsters and Men (2018) Trey Mangum 'Monsters and Men' will go down as a Black Lives Matter film that upended the format and presented us with a direct mirror as to what black and brown folks feel during this pivotal and crucial time in our society. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Selma (2014) Nijla Mu'min There are no wasted moments here. There are no wasted characters. The film is as much about Martin Luther King Jr. as it is about the people he worked with, and fought for. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Trey Mangum It's rare that we see, on-screen, the sheer power of black love. If Beale Street Could Talk does just that, while also showing what we as black people have to grapple with in society. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
The Weekend (2018) Aramide Tinubu Luckily, Meghie and the cast's ability to tap into a great deal of humor with a whole lot of energy helps to minimize the cringeworthy aspect of some of the unfortunate circumstances the characters find themselves in. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Where Hands Touch (2018) Joi Childs Where Hands Touch is a waste of solid acting by Amandla Stenberg, and time for its viewers. Asante's attempt to make Nazi characters appear sympathetic is a perfect example of not reading the room, especially in this contentious time in our country. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Green Book (2018) Aramide Tinubu With the quippy dialogue and stunning cinematography from Sean Porter, Green Book is a charming and shockingly uplifting feat not just about race and friendship. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Assassination Nation (2018) Aramide Tinubu An ambitious but somewhat chaotic film, Levinson invites his audience into Salem-an American suburb where real horrors lie in everyone's cell phone histories, downloads, and clouds. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018) Aramide Tinubu Much more than a simple commentary on race, class and police brutality, The Hate U Give is a standout film because it focuses on black female empowerment. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Widows (2018) Joi Childs Widows truly gives Viola Davis the leading film venue worthy of her talents and gives female characters the space to play a dirty game. The story is very ambitious with its twists and turns, but McQueen rises to the occasion and executes with flare. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
The Predator (2018) Malik Adán Black's latest addition to the franchise cashes in on high-octane action scenes, comedy, self-referential moments and pathological mapping that draws you into the Loonies' psychology, questions of ability and the mission at hand. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Liyana (2017) Iquo B. Essien The world desperately needs to see more stories like this. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Joi Childs Having the ability to tell this love story and take the time needed is such a gift, If Beale Street Could Talk makes it known that this is a Black film about Black love set in Black America. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Aramide Tinubu Support the Girls works well, not just because of Hall who helps bring dignity to what could very well be a very degrading world and job, but also because of the humor and heart sprinkled throughout the narrative. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018