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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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Extraction (2020)

From its 15 minutes of credits to its refusal to acknowledge its place in the “white guy blows an Asian country to smithereens” canon to its title so generic that I had to stop the movie three times to check what it was called, Extraction is one of those movies that is brainless without malice…

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The Last Thing He Wanted

I firmly believe that Dee Rees is a good filmmaker. I feel like I should get that point out of the way before I go any farther into this. Pariah is one of my favorite films, an empathetic story of a teenaged, lesbian African-American. It was a queer film in the modern era before queer…

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Miss Americana

If you’ve paid any modicum of attention to popular music in the past twenty years or so, you know Taylor Swift. She knows that you know her. Her private life has been a constant in the tabloids, with her Kimye-fueled feud and revolving door of boyfriends almost eclipsing her career as a recording artist. No…

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6 Underground

There was a time when, to many, Michael Bay movies seemed like the worst things that could dominate a cinema. His fast-cutting, over-saturated films can be difficult to sit through purely from an aesthetic standpoint, and his contentedness to let the camera leer on explosions and women’s bodies, rather than engaging with any sort of…

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I Lost My Body

Our life is like a mystery. We will never be sure what will happen tomorrow or in the future. In fact, the only thing that is predictable about it is how unpredictable it is. This uncertainty along with all the scary things that happen in our life, like losing our loved ones or getting our…

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Atlantics

Ghost stories in cinema are heavily undervalued. We have a slew of them, as spirits, out for revenge because reasons, haunt cinemas every few months thanks to the Conjuring Universe and its contemporaries. Everyone likes a good ghost story, even if meaningful ones are few and far between. David Lowery’s A Ghost Story from 2017…

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The Two Popes

Anthony McCarten, screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour, and Bohemian Rhapsody, has returned this year to pen the Netflix biographical drama, The Two Popes, and reteams with his most faithful collaborator, the first paragraph of the Wikipedia page about his subject. Like McCarten’s other films, The Two Popes is generally entertaining even if…

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Klaus

Christmas movies are unapologetically not my jam. I find even some of the hallmarks (no pun intended) incredibly hard to watch uncut, much less when I’m forced to sit through an extra hour of commercials. I don’t like to think of myself as a scrooge, but The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story and other films…

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Earthquake Bird

In his review for Hereditary, YouTube film critic Jeremy Jahns said “it does go for the slow burn, which is code for saying it was kinda boring.” I’ve always been frustrated with the oversimplification that a statement like that implies, and it’s a recurring point he makes in many reviews for films similar to last…

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