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Film, Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

Given that John Singleton directed the second movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise, it makes a perverse kind of sense that Justin Lin would follow. Just as Singleton did with Boyz N the Hood, young Lin quickly made…
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Film, Funky Bunch

Funky Bunch

The old John Wayne-Dean Martin hay-burner The Sons of Katie Elder wasn't a very good movie the first time around -- Dino and a cowboy hat go together about as well as Sinatra and bib overalls -- and John Singleton's…
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Film, Absolute Beginners

Absolute Beginners

Like countless European-American filmmakers before him, African-American filmmaker John Singleton tends to operate under the faulty logic that vengeance equals heroism. Anyone who doubts this assertion is welcome to compare his grooveless, mean-spirited remake of Shaft to the deceptively simple…
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Film, Mutha's Day

Mutha's Day

The title of the 1971 Gordon Parks detective movie Shaft worked as a double entendre -- when it presented Richard Roundtree's "black private dick" John Shaft as a superstud at whom women of every race threw themselves, it wasn't hard…
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