Category: B+

Da 5 Bloods

“When you take 20 million black people and make them fight all your wars and pick all your cotton and never give them any real recompense, sooner or later their allegiance towards you is going to wear thin.”  Spike Lee opens up his latest joint, Da 5 Bloods, with a shockingly well timed, eye-opening montaged…

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Crazy World

The We Are One Film Festival that went on for the past couple of weeks, providing free access to a variety of films on YouTube, served as my introduction to Ugandan cinema with Nabwana I.G.G.’s Crazy World. If Crazy World is anything to go by, Ugandan cinema is certainly something I need to do a…

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My Darling Vivian

I love Johnny Cash. I’ve loved him since high school, listening to the Essential compilation and picking up random records of his that I would find in antique stores. I remember when the trailer for Logan came out, perfectly utilizing Cash’s version of “Hurt” to set the tone for one of my favorite movies of…

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The Long Walk

Anatomy of a murderer by way of a trek through darkness, The Long Walk is a bleak, meditative horror film. It’s an intricate tale of the pain left behind by time, told from the perspective of a serial killer. A deeply emotional time travel story, this horror film from Laos should put the nation on…

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The August Virgin

Sometimes warmth is all you can ask for in a film and Jonás Trueba’s The August Virgin brings just that. With the palette of a digital Rohmer drama, save for the rich, handwritten intertitles, it looks as gently familiar as its story feels. In Spain, the city one lives comes with significance in faith. Eva…

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The Assistant

Kitty Green’s new film The Assistant is a searing and confrontational work that offers a stark look at a system that allows for continued abuse, told from the perspective of a ground-level employee. Though he’s never named, the high-level film executive at the film’s center is clearly intended to be an analog of Harvey Weinstein,…

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Birds of Prey

Four years after the cinematic catastrophe that is Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn — one of the most interesting female comic book characters who unfortunately got sidelined for the most part in the aforementioned title — finally has her chance to showcase how badass she is in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One…

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Corpus Christi

Religion in secular film is a tricky line to walk. The idolization must be clear within the art; the motives to follow some unseen doctrine must be understandable, yet it must not beg us to understand too. The latter becomes preaching, is essentially propaganda, and takes a film from a story to a sermon. In…

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Gretel & Hansel

January is finally over, everyone! Hollywood did what it always does, we survived it, and most of the public has already forgotten about The Turning (I will likely never forget).We have so many great horror films to look forward to in February, like… Fantasy Island! There’s also Brahms: The Boy II! Anyhow, there’s one more…

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