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MALCOLM X IN 70MM

On Saturday night, Spike Lee will introduce the screening of a rare 70mm print of his magnum opus MALCOLM X, starring Denzel Washington. This American Cinematheque presentation is part of a brief weekend series of Lee films at the Egyptian, and the director will be on hand for discussion on both days. MALCOLM X Saturday, December […]

STORMY WEATHER

The magnitude of talent on display in STORMY WEATHER (1943, directed by Andrew L. Stone) is such that it might be possible to overlook—for the 78-minute running time of the film—the cringe-making hoops Hollywood put black stars through during its so-called “Golden Age.” (See Spike Lee’s explosive satire Bamboozled, from 2000.) Ostensibly a breezy, fictionalized biopic […]

ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH AT THE HAMMER

“…Supermarkets, assembly-lines, teen-posts firmly shuttered, one after another. Old structures stand and rot in the sun….decrepit schools, poorly funded community services, inadequate health services, jammed low-income housing. It is the fallout that has firmly secured the media’s eye, not the abundant reasons for it.” — Lynell George, 1992* To mark the 25 years since the […]