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DVD Review: Arresting African Noir ‘Viva Riva!’ Delivers Plentiful Thrills

Viva Riva DVD

CHICAGO – At this year’s MTV Movie Awards, Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s “Viva Riva!” had the distinction of winning the first ever “Best African Movie” award, thus equating it with such cinematic masterworks as “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Luckily, that’s not the only claim to fame for Munga’s slick neo-noir, which also garnered six African Academy Awards and single-handedly revitalized the film industry in Congo.

Hookup: 30 Admit-Two Passes to Chicago Screening of ‘Blindness’ With Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo

Blindness with Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Danny Glover

CHICAGO – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 admit-two passes up for grabs to the Chicago screening of “Blindness,” which stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Sandra Oh. The film comes from acclaimed “City of God” and “The Constant Gardener” director Fernando Meirelles.

Academy Award-Nominated ‘City of God’ Spawns Evocative Brazilian Slum Film ‘City of Men’

CHICAGO – The plight of the people in the hard-hitting Brazilian film “City of Men” is akin with its plight to make you aware it even exists. This can be said about many great films that’ll touch you and leave you better than you were before despite not having the luxury of omnipresent advertising.

For those of us fortunate enough to read this review or learn about “City of Men” in another way, you’d appreciate first soaking up its extraordinary evolution.

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