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Nas: Time Is Illmatic *** 1/2 Q&A event video with Nas, One9, Erik Parker
Comprehensively covers a lot of historical ground and paints a vivid portrait of all that Nas the artist and Nasir Jones the person are in a remarkably efficient 75-minute run time. Read more...

Whiplash ****
It is hardly an exaggeration to say that words fail to adequately describe just how the performances, the music, the writing, the editing, the sound design, everything down to the most minute detail converge into a climax that is at once exciting, scary, intense, joyous, heartbreaking, exhilarating, and altogether powerfully cathartic. Read more...

The Book of Life *** 1/2 art show & music event video with Jorge Gutierrez & Gustavo Santaolalla Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Ron Perlman, Jorge Gutierrez, Guillermo del Toro interview video
It takes a work as strikingly stylized and completely out-of-the box visually as this to make one realize just how homogenized, and even lazy, mainstream animated features have become. Read more...

The Equalizer *** 1/2
It is in the seemingly undemanding action programmers like this where Denzel Washington truly proves the singular depths and scope of his talents and presence. Read more...

No Good Deed *** Idris Elba & Taraji P. Henson event video
One suspenseful, entertaining ride whose tense turns and thrills are further amplified when shared with an audience. Read more...

The Pavement Psychologist
Whatever the piece may ultimately lack in substantive story, it definitely compensates in character, both in the literal sense of the solid work writer-director Idris Elba coaxes from the whole cast and in the already distinctive personality of his still-nascent filmmaking voice, which promises to only polish and sharpen right along with his skill on subsequent projects. Read more...

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