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SuperFly
NYC blaxploitation classic gets an ATL reboot.
"...For assembly line is this update of the 1972 blaxploitation classic Super Fly, which was directed by Gordon Parks..."

June 22, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Proud Mary
Taraji P. Henson picks up her guns but shoots blanks as an assassin with a conscience
"...time for the explicit return of righteous and baadasssss “blaxploitation” filmmaking, the action subgenre that commanded urban audiences everywhere..."

Jan. 19, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Undercover Brother
"...of itself already? Lee (cousin to Spike) tackles the blaxploitation films of the Seventies with enough good-humored gusto to..."

June 7, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dolemite Is My Name
Eddie Murphy pays homage to the comedy genius of Rudy Ray Moore
"...album” genius, and from there to the ultimate self-made blaxploitation cinema star...."

Oct. 11, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Shaft
Three Shafts are definitely worse than one in this failed revival of the blaxploitation classic
"...It began in 1971 as a gritty blaxploitation movie about a macho private eye who fancied leather..."

June 14, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Next Day Air
A misdelivered package of concealed cocaine kicks off events in this comic film starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, and Mos Def.
"...its dullsville title on down. There are flashes of neo-blaxploitation/Nuyorican, pistolero action amid all the convoluted plot details, but..."

May 15, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Woman Thou Art Loosed
Based on a novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes, a black evangelical preacher and author who also co-stars, this unusual film is part revivalist sermon, part narrative drama, and wholly urgent and engaging.
"...17 years for director Schultz, a mainstay of the blaxploitation movement (Car Wash) who has been working in television..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Baadasssss!
Melvin Van Peebles' son Mario pays tribute to his groundbreaking film Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song, and also settles a few old Oedipal scores along the way.
"...dues." The movie, which is now called the first blaxploitation film, was shot on a minuscule budget and featured..."

June 25, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Scary Movie
Keenan Ivory Wayans' broad spoof of the horror/comedy Scream series.
"...Gonna Git You, Sucka successfully parodied the whole Seventies blaxploitation genre (and did it years before Quentin Tarantino single-handedly..."

July 7, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Shaft
"...-- Samuel L. Jackson. This remake/update/sequel of the 1971 blaxploitation classic starring Richard Roundtree is a muddled treat: Seeing..."

June 16, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Detroit 9000
Blaxploitation classic re-released in 1999 by Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder distribution company.
"...another exuberantly asinine throwback, this time in his beloved blaxploitation genre. First released in 1973 and directed by a..."

July 23, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Blade
"...of devotion to its source material. Not quite the blaxploitation of Blacula (though early scenes of Wright's tussle with..."

Aug. 21, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Steel
"...lots of Eighties and Nineties action clichés, some quintessential blaxploitation-flick chase scenes (pumping bass-and-horn music; bodies plunging off buildings..."

Aug. 22, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Original Gangstas
"...bring their action icons, superstars of the 1970s' so-called “blaxploitation” genre, into the grim reality of the 1990s. Times..."

Aug. 23, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Original Gangstas.preview
"...I'm referring to is the shabby treatment accorded this blaxploitation revival film that was released nationally this past May...."

Aug. 16, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Darktown Strutters
"..."Super Sisters on Cycles" screams the poster of this blaxploitation movie about a woman who exposes a plot by..."

Sept. 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Foxy Brown
Pam Grier stars in Foxy Brown, the film that would end up cementing Grier's image as the female icon of the Blaxploitation movement.
"...Pictures, eager to capitalize on the burgeoning demand for Blaxploitation films, teamed up Grier with classic B-director Jack Hill,..."

July 6, 2001 Screens Review by Charles Conn

Put Your Weight on It
"...a naked Moore and an equally bare woman), the blaxploitation star's confidence has been at full throttle...."

April 30, 1999 Screens Feature by Mike Emery

Spell
Appalachian hoodoo horror flips the switch on hillbilly cinema
"...mid-rankings of Black horror on its conceit alone. In blaxploitation flicks like Sugar Hill and Scream Blacula Scream, and..."

Oct. 30, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

American Genre Film Archive Expands
Local film preservationists add Severin, Arrow, Vinegar Syndrome
"...work with one of the only known prints of blaxploitation The Exorcist rip-off Abby.)..."

Jan. 18, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Mothership Connection
Space is place for the hip-hop race
"...By the 1970s, blaxploitation films had begun traveling to the far reaches of..."

July 25, 2008 Music Feature by Chase Hoffberger

'Foxy Brown'
An interview with Antonio Fargas
"...tame compared to his ghetto-blasting roles in the classic blaxploitation films Shaft, Cleopatra Jones, and Foxy Brown, as well..."

May 28, 2004 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Revenge is a dish best served bold – and deliciously, by Quentin and Uma.
"...greatly in tone. Where Vol. 1 most obviously referenced blaxploitation and yakuza films, Vol. 2 owes more debts to..."

April 16, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Toronto International Film Festival
A first-timer's diary
"...on in their existence, I've been a fan of blaxploitation films. I don't even remember the first ones I..."

Dec. 12, 2003 Screens Feature by Louis Black

Sheba Baby
Not long after starring in two of the wildest blaxploitation films of all time -- Coffy and Foxy Brown -- Grier's career went in a much tamer direction.
"...long after she starred in two of the wildest blaxploitation films of all time -- Coffy and Foxy Brown..."

Jan. 17, 2003 Screens Review by Mike Emery

Jim Brown's Shades of Gray
Spike Lee's latest documentary, Jim Brown: All American, looks at the turbulent life of the "greatest football player ever." Lee and Brown will be in town Tuesday to present the film at the Westgate Cinema.
"...AC: We tend to associate Brown's career with the blaxploitation films, but he did a lot of films prior..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Abar: The First Black Superman
"...Gladys Lum. Also known as In Your Face, this blaxploitation relic has a black militant youth leader injected with..."

Feb. 20, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Independent
"...make an intellectual case for death with dignity. (Later, blaxploitation star Fred Williamson pops up in the environmentalist girl-gang..."

Feb. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Black Belt Jones
"...Kelly, Gloria Hendry, Scatman Crothers and Eric Laneuville. This blaxploitation kung fu picture is by the same core team..."

Nov. 6, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bones
"...cunning homage to Italian master Dario Argento's classic Suspiria. Blaxploitation horror films have been under-represented since Scream revitalized the..."

Oct. 26, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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