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Review: ‘Native Son’ – reimagining a classic, retaining the anger

Ashton Sanders in Native Son from A24/HBO (photo: Matthew Libatique) From the very first moments of Native Son, the audience is overwhelmed by the dizzying blend of visual style and narrative intensity. Rashid Johnson, in his directorial debut, uses his career as an established postmodern artist to create a beautiful reimagining of Richard Wright’s incredible novel, bringing it into a …

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AwardsWatch’s 50 Favorite Performances of 2016

It’s time for the annual 50 Favo(u)rite Performances list from AwardsWatch and this year features actors with multiple film mentions and films with two, three and even gets four performances making the cut. The voting begins in the forums in phases of nominations that create a shortlist from which the final nominee list is produced. From that group a ranked list …

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Black Reel Awards Nominations: Moonlight Leads with 13

Moonlight continued its critics’ nomination domination with a field-best 13 nominations from the Black Reel Awards. That included three nominations in supporting actor (for Mahershala Ali, Andre Holland, and Ashton Sanders) plus another three in a single category – Breakthrough Performance, Male – where Alex Hibbert, Trevante Rhodes, and Sanders were nodded.  Fences followed closely with 10 nominations, including three …

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Review: ‘Moonlight’ (★★★★)

Like most people I love going to the movies to be entertained. But I also use movies as my portal to worlds I don’t know. I’m not a football fan, for example, but I love the movie Friday Night Lights. I love almost any good sports movie because it’s my ‘in’ to that world. At the same time I also …

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