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  • American History X

    American History X

    ★½

    I debated even watching this. It was due to expire on my DVR, and I thought maybe it would show me some things I should confront. I don't know. It might not be the best time to judge it. It's too hard to divorce from current events, to apply current standards.

    For instance, the school principal -- a black man teaching a white man about racism. An idealized dream of privilege?

    Some of it is straight corny. Elliot Gould leaving…

  • Slavery by Another Name

    Slavery by Another Name

    ★★★★

    Vital viewing.

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  • Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind

    Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind

    ★★★

    This film is at its best when it sticks to its stated thesis: reminding you of how wonderful Natalie Wood was, absent of the tabloid scandal that surrounds her death.

    Too bad it abandons that for its final third, focusing on the iconic actress' death and its aftermath. The aftermath. Which is everyone else, not Natalie. As much as I sympathize with the impulse here, and feel so very much for the family, the avoidance of all hard questions, the…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    I should’ve gone to Cats instead.