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BasquiatBasquiat (1996)
Dir. Julian Schnabel
Feat. Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Gary Oldman
The director sends a post–mortem loveletter to his friend and contemporary, Jean–Michel Basquiat, a celebrated but fragile New York black…
ShaftShaft (2000)
Dir. John Singleton
Feat. Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Toni Collette
Despite the excellent pedigree of those involved – Samuel L Jackson, Richard Roundtree, dir. John Singleton, Toni Collette – this revival…
AliAli (2001) Recommended
Dir. Michael Mann
Feat. Will Smith, Jon Voight, Jeffrey Wright
Boxing–legend Muhammad Ali’s (Will Smith) 10 crucial years: 1964–74, are refought in this biopic composed in dynamic visuals and epic…
BoycottBoycott (2001) Recommended
Dir. Clark Johnson
Feat. Jeffrey Wright
HBO’s excellent, underplayed dramatisation of the Rosa Parks story, who in Alabama in 1955 refused to give up her bus–seat to a white man, in…
Angels in America (TV Mini Series)Angels in America (TV Mini Series) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Mike Nichols
Feat. Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson
An ambitious, multi–leveled portrait of the fractures, politics and metaphysical crises of 1980s America based on the stageplay by Tony…
Manchurian Candidate, TheManchurian Candidate, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Jonathan Demme
Feat. Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber
Slickly modernised version of the Cold War classic, tailors its twisted fable of political paranoia into a complex speculation on military, political…
Broken FlowersBroken Flowers (2005) Recommended
Dir. Jim Jarmusch
Feat. Bill Murray, Julie Delpy, Frances Conroy
A beguiling middle–age lament starring Bill Murray, unfurled in typical low gear by the world's 'coolest' director, Jim Jarmusch. Playing an…
SyrianaSyriana (2005) Recommended
Dir. Stephen Gaghan
Feat. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright
Fierce and dense exploration of the machinations and consequences of the global oil industry in the form of a multiple–storyline drama (from…
Lackawanna BluesLackawanna Blues (2005)
Dir. George C. Wolfe
Feat. S. Epatha Merkerson, Mos Def, Delroy Lindo
An evocative series of linked vignettes set around the memories of playwright Ruben Santiago–Hudson, about a New York boarding house in the…
Lady in the WaterLady in the Water (2006)
Dir. M. Night Shyamalan
Feat. Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright
Adapting his own literary fairytale, M. Night Shyamalan's (SIGNS) fifth film is set around a dank apartment complex, where the dour superintendent…

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