Category: Reviews

#TIFF2020: David Oyelowo’s ‘The Water Man’ is a modest charmer

After delivering indelible performances in films like Selma and A United Kingdom, British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo appeals to the child within for The Water Man, his Oprah Winfrey supported directorial…

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#TIFF2020Review: ‘I am Greta’ is an intimate yet puzzling profile of courage

2019 was the year that sixteen-year-old Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg became a global icon. From inspiring climate change activists around the world, to dressing down a roomful of…

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Blood and Water

Television Review: Netflix’s Blood and Water is both intriguing and frustrating

Coming on the heels of the addictive Queen Sono, Netflix continues to ramp up its presence in Africa with the engaging but often frustrating young adult series Blood & Water.…

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Chimeka Garricks

Book Review: Chimeka Garricks fuses music and confessional storytelling on ‘A Broken People’s Playlist’

It isn’t the most original concept, melding music with words on the page. Countless authors have spoken of how at the heights of their creativity, or depths of their despair,…

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#Berlinale2020 Review: O.C Ukeje is lost in translation in “Shine Your Eyes”

You wouldn’t be out of place if you concluded sometime in the last decade that O.C Ukeje was going to be the next great leading man. Coming off a surprise…

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#Sundance2020: Winston Duke does career best work in Nine Days

In Nine Days, the ambitious, life-affirming debut by director Edson Oda, which premiered at Sundance in the U.S Dramatic Competition, the events play out in some parallel pre-universe, an isolated…

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Come Away

#Sundance2020: Angelina Jolie & David Oyelowo bring soul to ‘Come Away’

What if Neverland’s Peter and Wonderland’s Alice were brother and sister, parented by the cinematic duo of Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo? What if your favorite fairytale characters existed in…

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Carry You With Me

#Sundance2020: ‘I Carry You With Me’ is a heartbreaking stunner

I Carry You With Me (Te Llevo Conmigo), the narrative feature length debut of director Heidi Ewing, an Oscar nominee for the 2006 short film Jesus Camp, is an epic…

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Film Review: Merry Men 2: Another Mission is loud, brash and generic

The most bankable star in Nollywood, a year removed from the box office success of his franchise opener, Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons, returns with the sequel you definitely…

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Film Review: The problem with Kayode Kasum’s Sugar Rush (and it isn’t the EFCC)

2019’s entry for feel-good movie of the year comes in the sleek-yet-sloppy, sickly-sweet packaging of Sugar Rush, the Kayode Kasum directed, star-studded, laugh-a-minute crime caper that has presently got the…

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