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  • The Given Word
  • The Servant
  • Hamlet
  • Simon of the Desert

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  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★½

  • Millennium Actress

    ★★★★★

  • Petite Maman

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★★

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  • Birth

    Birth

    ★★★★½

    Anna (Nicole Kidman) is about to remarry ten years after her husband collapsed while on a run in Central Park. A young boy (Cameron Bright) suddenly appears in her life, claiming to be the reincarnation of her dead husband. His presence threatens to undermine the delicate balance of the very insular and privileged world that Anna finds herself in. Critics and viewers were focused on the appropriateness of the story, whether we were seeing some sick endorsement of aberrant behavior…

  • The Paperboy

    The Paperboy

    ★★★½

    After making a huge splash with Precious in 2009, Lee Daniels would return with The Paperboy, which has more in common with that controversial hit than one might think. Like Precious, The Paperboy deals with working-class characters and rubs up against stereotypes with an alarming friction. Racism is blatant, with the “N” word being freely thrown around. The film also has some jaw-droppingly strange scenes such as when John Cusack and Nicole Kidman are both faking orgasms like Meg Ryan…

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  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★½

    I don't know how the Lonely Island guys managed to sneak this by the normies, but I'm glad they did. This movie doesn't even have the bare minimum of respect for any Disney property (or any non-Disney property for that matter), much less frickin' Chip and Dale and Rescue Rangers itself, but it also manages to have a bit of a heart with the friendship between Chip and Dale. It almost goes overboard with the jokes and metacommentary but it was refreshing seeing something at such odds with the canonizing tendencies of Disney.

  • White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch

    White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch

    ★★★

    An unextroardinary documentary about a fascinating topic. A&F wasn't something that really crossed my consciousness as a sheltered Asian kid, but I never associated it with anything positive, except that shirtless dudes would sometimes be in front of those stores. I guess this documentary confirmed my rejection of that trash.

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  • Freedom Writers

    Freedom Writers

    I saw this movie way before my experience with social justice teaching. It's pandering in a way that is supposed to make privileged audiences feel good about themselves. Instead of addressing the systemic flaws that created the harsh world these students live in, it falls into the trap of white woman savior saving the poor illiterate kids of color, which is condescending at best, straight up racist at its worst. I don't think Hollywood will ever get a movie about teachers right if this kind of crap passes as verisimilitude.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    I kind of forgot I was watching a Marvel movie and that was so welcome. It's an incredible, beautiful vision of Black empowerment and influence, but it's also complex and influenced by current knowledge and issues. It also manages not to be didactic and gives us some of the best staged action scenes in any Marvel movie. A big studio like Disney should not be afraid to let artists have their voices heard, and this is proof.

    Edit: Just heard…