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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Killmonger's last words - scripted by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler and unforgettably delivered by Michael B. Jordan (Coogler's muse and primary figure of identification), which contextualize the utopian fantasy of Wakanda within the history of our own world and serve to illuminate their shared ancestry, which dispel any doubt as to whether or not Coogler and Cole expect the audience to sympathize with (and perhaps recognize themselves in) the hero's antagonist, which are so heavy with the burden…

  • The 15:17 to Paris

    The 15:17 to Paris

    ★★★½

    What to make of the Full Metal Jacket and Letters from Iwo Jima posters hanging in young war-obsessed Spencer Stone's bedroom? Especially since for about an hour this is nothing so much as an affectless portrait of the same "American masculinity as indoctrination through/into violence" that Kubrick grotesquely stylized in FMJ. The Letters from Iwo Jima poster, though - this film's version of the Gran Torino billboard cameo in Sully - is interesting because it means that this child is…

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