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  • Shakedown

    Shakedown

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

    i can't imagine seeing anything more powerful and inspiring this year than the other women dressing jazmyne as she stands, under arrest, almost completely naked and handcuffed. they try their best to make sure she has her dignity, even as the police try their best to take it from her. the sense of solidarity and community is so strong in this film.

  • The Emperor Jones

    The Emperor Jones

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    robeson towers over everyone else here - both literally (he is the biggest man in almost every scene, and he is shot like he's 7 feet tall - i was shocked to google that he was a respectable, but not remarkable 6'3") and metaphorically - he's the singing, laughing, swaggering heart of the film, and the reason to watch.

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

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

    this is a terrible movie. it is deeply condescending and moralizing yet shallow and misogynistic, all at once. it glorifies stylized violence, and then refuses to own up to its own violence (seriously, you're gonna have a cannibal scene and not show any violence, but DO have a very long, male gaze shower scene with two models?). it screams about the exploitation of women, yet constantly mocks the character with plastic surgery and features the violent rape of 13-year-old runawayโ€ฆ

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

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    one of my many gripes: why even have female characters in your movie if this is how you write them?