REVIEWS OF A FORMER FILM CRITIC – A long time ago I was a film critic. This is a collection of my best reviews, movies I loved, and some that I hated. 12 YEARS A SLAVE (originally reviewed December 2013) Watching director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, it was impossible to keep my mind…

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MANDINGO 1975 director: Richard Fleischer; starring: James Mason, Perry King, Ken Norton, Susan George, Brenda Sykes, Ji-Tu Cumbuka There are over 200 blaxploitation movies, ranging from the classic to the completely forgotten. But few have attained the level of infamy that MANDINGO has achieved. This is one of those films with a reputation that precedes…

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