November 2001
Week of Nov 9th thru Nov 16th

FILM

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Have your cake and steal it too - Mamet’s “Heist” takes the gold and the laughs
“Heist” centers on a circle of career criminals who are always plotting and planning the next big score. They are masters of diversion, and utterly superior at the art of misdirection.

Reviewed by Kellye Whitney

Training Day Is In Session
Denzel Washington. What does that name mean to you? To me it means a man that has defined the fine art of film & stage acting for more than a decade. It is also no secret amongst my friends that I am still peeved that he didn’t win an Oscar for his gut- wrenching performance in “Hurricane.”

Reviewed by Shelby J. Jones

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CABLE

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SHOWTIME'S ANNUAL BLACK FILMMAKER SHOWCASE - Accepting Entries for 2002 Competition
As part of The Black Experience, SHOWTIME is proud to provide the opportunity for young African-American filmmakers to express themselves through its annual Black Filmmaker Showcase.
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DVD

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Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040
It’s “Charlie’s Angels” – with a sci-fi twist! What if there were four “Angels” instead of three – give ‘em sketchy back stories, complex motivations, and a dash of cyberpunk.

Reviewed by Daos Boonma

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INDIE

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Diamond Men
“Diamond Men” offers a refreshing new look at how one man has worked hard only to be put out to pasteur when he’s near retirement. In what may be his most defining moment of his acting career, Robert Forster holds the picture together.

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

Otomo
Frederick Otomo (Isaac de Bankole) is a poor immigrant from West Africa living in Germany in the late eighties. As he struggles to find food, he’s faced with harsh racist attitudes.

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

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SOUNDTRACKS

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Training Day
America, Bush, Oprah, Clinton, Bin Laden, Springer, Judge Mathis, Jordan, Gates, Greenspan, and Eminen - what else does America have to endure?

Reviewed by Lee "Kansas" Moore

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One Shots

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The Score
“The Score” is a film where the acting is solid and the story is simple, with a twist...

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

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VIDEO VAULT

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Sparkle : Giving You Something You Can Feel
For three sisters in 1958, this journey would lead to more than they ever imagined. Released in 1976, “Sparkle” is regarded by many as a modern black classic. It stars Irene Cara as the shy Sparkle, youngest of the talented Williams sisters, Lonette Mckee as Sister, the sassy oldest, and Dwan Smith as Delores, the headstrong middle child.

Reviewed by Nasser Metcalfe

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