Dark Freeman, the protagonist of D.A. Bullock's debut feature, is repelled by the condescension of his professors at the University of Chicago, intimidated by the streetwise aplomb of his cocky friends, and irrationally jealous of his attractive, empathetic girlfriend. Unlike many films about black men, Dark steers clear of machismo and the stale cliches of gangsta rap and the blaxploitation genre. But the good intentions of this psychological drama don't compensate for the amateurish acting and a script that telegraphs every turn of the plot. It's a pity, because the travails of upwardly mobile black men are a subject that merits the attention of both Hollywood and independent filmmakers. 97 min.