John Singleton: maverick director with a radical edge

Boyz N the Hood sent audiences reeling and marked the start of an uneven career for a writer-director whose films were rooted in lived experience Hollywood wasnt ready for Boyz N Mean Streets or Fellinis Snowfall Singleton arguably did not have the fully realised directorial career that others had. Imperious debut Ice Cube in Boyz n the Hood. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia But most other directors couldnt boast of anything approaching the ferocity of his Boyz N the Hood, a masterpiece that seems to thump, judder and pulse with police helicopter rotor blades, or semiautomatic gunfire, or music in the streets. Cuba Gooding Jr plays Tre; Ice Cube is his troubled friend Doughboy and Morris Chestnut is Doughboys brother Ricky. Tyra Ferrell …

Juanita review Alfre Woodard anchors middling Netflix drama

The ever-dependable character actor brings vitality to the role of a woman in search of more in a film that cant quite match her Any diversion from the usual, even if it involves a 20-hour Greyhound ride, holds promise for Juanita, the titular character of a new Netflix drama tasked with the laudable goal of thrusting an often sidelined character into the spotlight. The film focuses on a nurse, played by the dependable character actor Alfre Woodard fresh from an acclaimed performance in Clemency, the first film by a woman of color, Chinonye Chukwu, to win the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, and a recurring role in Luke Cage who decides to flee the constraints that make up her existence …