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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★★

    It's not an exaggeration to say that this is our Black Panther. Sure, it doesn't capture the "diversity of the Asian experience," but what ONE movie could? Despite not being Chinese/Singaporean/Taiwanese, so much of this movie felt familiar; how tradition will always overwhelm personal accomplishment, family before individual, appearance above all. It's definitely too long and some of the subplots are not well-developed, but it was still a great, meaningful time, and it was really gratifying to see so many…

  • Billy Blazes, Esq.

    Billy Blazes, Esq.

    ★★★

    Surprisingly not that distinctive for a genre picture from Lloyd, despite the setting. Also, how does a guy survive three bullets to the ass?

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    I kind of forgot I was watching a Marvel movie (until freakin' Stan Lee's cameo of course) 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.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time

    ★★★

    Oof. This movie was a mess. It seems as if it wants to be a high concept sci-fi fantasy film yet also a personal, human drama, and it didn't really execute either very well. It's very easy to rip on this movie, but it has a good heart, and some godawful people are going to say this is the example of what the excesses of an sjw would do. I applaud DuVernay and the rest of the creative forces to…