derek-luke,Antwone Fisher [DVD] [Widescreen], Friday Night Lights [DVD] [Full Frame], Catch a Fire [DVD] [2006] [Multilingual] [Region 1]
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"...[Featuring] a vibrant acting debut by Derek Luke....The young actor has great presence on screen....He makes Antwone's stillness, his sweetness and his violence equally believable and compelling..." Los Angeles Times "...As a director Mr. Washington shows a confident grasp of cinematic narrative in a hearty meat-and-potatoes style. But the most remarkable aspect of his behind-the-camera debut is his brilliantly surefooted handling of actors..." New York Times "...Washington the actor puts in a fine performance. But 28-year-old Luke is the star of the show, striking just the right notes in his understated and uplifting performance..." USA Today "...Truly worthwhile....Washington expertly weaves a matter-of-fact social commentary into an extremely personal story..." Premiere "...Intense....Derek Luke's clean, direct performance as Fisher is the real attention-getter..." Entertainment Weekly ...Stately and thought-provoking..." Sight and Sound31.63949

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"[A] stringent, stirring real-life drama....Directed with smart, documentary-style briskness..."Entertainment Weekly "One of the best football movies ever, NIGHTS in the end celebrates the game."USA Today "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is uplifting and troubling, partly because it is more honest than most sports movies about the high cost and short life span of high school football glory."New York Times "The FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS team has invested a lot of energy in the authenticity of the on-field action that dominates the film."USA Today "Thornton gets inside the coach's skin. It's a subtle, soulful performance..." Rolling Stone "The movie's football scenes are both realistic and exciting, with genuine moments of suspense Premiere "Imbued with the aching sadness of an end-of-summer's evening, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS has more in common with Peter Bogdanovich's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW...than other American football films..." Sight and Sound "[With] hard-tackling action, this is a solid effort from actor-turned-director Peter Berg." Uncut27.11817

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"[M]orally complex....Director Phillip Noyce embraces the tale with gusto, lighting up a picture that is as much a taut action saga as it is a cautionary history lesson." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "Timely in theme. FIRE still resonates today: It seems only the regions of the world and the names in the headlines have changed."Box Office "[A] well-made film with a strong social consciousness....The film benefits from superb performances all around."Movieline's Hollywood Life 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he real heat is stoked by ANTWONE FISHER star Derek Luke, channelling muted rage and pathos with surprising power."Total Film "The difficulty and continued importance of the process of truth and reconciliation in South Africa is CATCH A FIRE's real moral imperative..."Sight and Sound 3 stars out of 5 -- "The brutal interrogation scenes are heatedly topical..."Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "This is an intriguing and often moving tale that looks at how a country's own oppressive regime can unwittingly inspire homegrown terrorists....A thrilling real life tale..."Ultimate DVD0.6024287

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