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Certification15 Our Rating

Calvin owns and runs the Barbershop that his father and his father's father owned before him, a place of homey familiarity where customers and cutters shoot the breeze and generally put the world to rights. Calvin however wants more, he dreams of a life of wealth and respect and in a moment of rashness he sells the shop to a dodgy loan shark. Of course as soon as Calvin's handed over the ownership he realizes the error of his ways and what follows is an increasingly farcical and desperate attemp find out more...

Certification12 Our Rating

The boys are still hanging in there, making new friends, keeping the community alive, fighting the corporate masses, and expounding on life's unpredictability from the comfort of the barbers chair. Barber shop 2 is more of the same, nicely scripted and likeably acted. find out more...
BASQUIAT (1996)

Certification15 Our Rating

Low-key biopic of graffiti vandal turned New York darling Jean-Michel Basquiat. Catapulted to art-world super-stardom after a chance meeting with Andy Warhol, the obscene amounts of money his paintings suddenly command soon sends him down the slippery slope of big-time drug abuse. Enthralling. find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

Rapper/DJ Kenny meets jazz artist Tracy and, inspired by her commitment, decides to use his talents to escape the ghetto. However the death of a graffiti artist friend presents Kenny with an emotional dilemma, whether to honour the memory of his friend or pursue his own dreams. "Beat Street" doesn't have the most striking of story lines, but the film is really about the musical phenomenon of hip hop (correctly spotting the burgeoning talents of Afrika Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force, Grand Mas find out more...

Certification12 Our Rating

Queen Latifah does a female version of Ice Cube's ‘Barber Shop'…lite. Surprisingly likeable thanks to the odd good line and the presence of Latifah herself, though it's also an impressively wasted cast. find out more...
BELOVED (1998)

Certification15 Our Rating

A faithful adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Set in Cincinnati just after the Civil War a tormented ex-slave strugglies to come to terms with her past. Danny Glover is the old friend who reappears to help Sethe in her quest for inner peace, but it's the spooky arrival of the ethereal Beloved (Thandie Newton), which may finally allow Sethe to lay her ghosts to rest. Beautifully made, if a little laboured. find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

A group of privileged, white, middle class teenagers are attracted to the cities black hip-hop community and in particular Rich Bower, following them into this new world are a fly on the wall filmmaking team documenting the curiosity, scepticism, naïvety and culture clash between all concerned. Black and White is an intriguing movie, and very stylised. find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

Adelaide, South Australia 1958, and a young Aborigine man is on trial for the brutal rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl. His initially reluctant lawyer, David O'Sullivan, sees no hope for either himself or his client, facing as they are the might of the legal establishment, the wrath of white public opinion and a signed confession. However, when it becomes increasingly clear that the defendant had an admittance of guilt beaten out of him by the local police an epic battle for justice ensues find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

He was the best agent that the CIA ever had, but these days Black Dynamite only answers to one boss... his inner him. When ‘The Man’ ices Black Dynamite's brother; starts pumping heroin into the local orphanage; and (for God’s sake!!) floods the ghetto with a secret weapon disguised as common malt liquor, the streets are goin’ t’ flow red with ‘justice’.
An almost un-unnervingly well done pastiche/spoof of some of the best (better?) of 70s Blaxploitation flicks. find out more...

CertificationPG Our Rating

The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice recreated in Rio de Janeiro with an all black cast. Orpheus (a tram conductor!) is pursued by Death as he and his beloved Eurydice weave through the carnival madness of Rio in full swing. Amazing energy and colour with superb direction. find out more...