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The sneaker movie KICKS screens at AMC Boston Common Sept 15 #free

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The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute will be hosting the Boston advance screening of feature film KICKS at AMC Boston Common 19 on Thursday, September 15 at Harvard ( watch movie trailer at HHA).

 KICKS Recently premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. KICKS is the directorial debut for Oakland native Justin Tipping and the semi-autobiographical story of a young man hunting for his “kicks.”

Fifteen-year-old Brandon, played by up-and-coming breakout star Jahking Guillory, longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy; assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone — even his best friends. 


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Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood, Flaco (Kofi Siriboe). Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow.

Boasting a strong ensemble cast, and featuring a memorable lead performance, the film transcends a deceptively traditional hero’s journey to deliver a “… 21st century tale about inner city masculinity and the feelings of isolation and loneliness that often plague us during adolescence. 

It’s a film about manhood and the cycles that continue to spiral through generations, flattening many Black men while others barely escape the carnage,” (Aramide A. Tinubu, IndieWire). Sam Eifling of Sole Collector explains, “the kids are relatable, the score is moody and dreamy; the soundtrack is a playground of hip-hop. 

And its world feels authentic in a way that most features don’t, in part because it grew out of a real milieu.”

Visually and thematically rich, with an amazing soundtrack of both hip-hop classics and Bay Area favorites, KICKS creates an original, true-to-life portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.

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Bostonians attended an advance screening of “The Help” movie July 7th

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     The movie’s buzz factor was self evident when its fans begin to arrive a full hour earlier than the first frame was due to roll.   Screened at AMC LEOWS Boston Common 19 in a 300 seat theater, the crowd filled the space to capacity.  Viewers came with friends and groups. In the audience were teenagers and adults from every ethnic group you could imagine.  Senior citizens had elbowed their way in too–they really loved the movie. Men were in the minority.  The movie began at 7:15 and we were out of the theater at 9:30PM. Its a good one!!  Buy tickets in August when its released.


…adapted from a #1 New York Times best selling book titled “The Help,” Its about three different extraordinary women in Mississippi, who
build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. offers complimentary movie tickets from time to time. / click here  to signup for yours.

      click for the The Help Movie Site official site:
opens in theaters mid-August.

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July 4, 2011 at 1:00 am

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