O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (Joel Coen, 2000)

George Clooney gives a thin, tiresome performance as Everett Ulysses McGill, who along with two companions to whom he is shackled escapes from a Mississippi chain gang in the 1930s and has a series of adventures in Joel Coen’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a numbingly dull comedy that takes its title, of course, from […]

TEZA (Haile Gerima, 2008)

Somewhat reminiscent of Marco Tullio Giordana’s The Best of Youth (2003), although focused on a single soul rather than a host of characters, U.S.-based, Ethiopia-born Haile Gerima’s Teza—the title means morning dew—follows an Ethiopian, East German-trained medical researcher, Anberber, through several decades of recent Ethiopian history, including the leadership of Haile Mariam Mengistu, who replaced […]