Retrospective: Oscar Micheaux and the Birth of Black Independent Cinema | Features

As a silent film director, Micheaux was at his strongest: His literary style (he wrote seven novels in total) imbued his intertitles with moral messages that at once developed his film’s characters while furthering his deep thematic desires. The revealing editing of “Within Our Gates,” “The Symbol of the Unconquered,” and “Body and Soul” further … Read more

Evil Dead Rise director Lee Cronin signs first-look deal with New Line Cinema

Evil Dead Rise writer/director Lee Cronin has secured a deal to make more genre projects for New Line Cinema Sam Raimi was so impressed by Lee Cronin’s feature directorial debut, the 2019 horror film The Hole in the Ground, that he not only hired Cronin to contribute to his short-lived anthology series 50 States of … Read more

Robert Downey Jr. Expects Era of ‘Fiscally Responsible Cinema’

Robert Downey Jr. feels that the success of Oppenheimer could herald a new era for cinema. The 58-year-old actor starred in Christopher Nolan’s box-office smash as Lewis Strauss and believes that it could lead to a new type of blockbuster that keeps budgets under control while maintaining the hype of a major movie. Downey told The New … Read more

Nolan remains optimistic about future of cinema after Oppenheimer

Christopher Nolan sees the tremendous box office success of Oppenheimer as a sign that the state of moviegoing is on the upswing. Nobody would have thought that a three-hour movie about the father of the atomic bomb would be one of the highest-grossing movies of the year, giving pink dolls, plumber brothers and the Guardians’ … Read more

The Year of Black Men in Cinema: Chaz Ebert’s Top Ten(-ish) Films of 2023 | Chaz’s Journal

8. FACING REALITY “STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie” I was apprehensive about seeing Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie,” because frankly I was wondering whether it would be painful taking me back to the challenges we faced with my late husband Roger’s illness. Fortunately, I am happy to report that it … Read more

The Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television Honoring Black, Latino, and AAPI Achievements in 2023 | Festivals & Awards

Jamie Foxx’s surprise appearance to accept the Vanguard Award was the hit of the evening, as most know he’s been ill for a while, and this was his first public appearance. He began by thanking everyone and saying, “Six months ago, I couldn’t actually do that; I couldn’t actually walk.” He went on to talk … Read more