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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

    kong bows for no one

  • Rosewood

    Rosewood

    ★★★★

    The shallow reading of this movie is that it is a simple race drama, of black victims and white villains, dated at its release and even less relevant to the America of today which, for all of its faults, no longer allows pogroms against its racial minorities.

    I obviously think that’s the wrong way to look at it. 

    When I watch Rosewood, I see a film preoccupied with one big idea: the social reinforcement and reproduction of racism through communal…

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★

    I don’t think I have anything original to say about HAMILTON as musical theater. It’s a real achievement! Fun, exciting, innovative and, at points, genuinely moving. 

    I do have a few thoughts on HAMILTON as a historical narrative and as an ideological project, and I’ll use my review to think out loud on both subjects.

    The HAMILTON narrative depends on stripping the American founding of much of its context. The only way to present the titular hero as a striving…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★½

    The single biggest weakness this film has is that it’s stars are much older than the people they were portraying. The effect this has is to diminish what’s most appalling about the stories of O’Neill and Hampton — that they were little more than children, manipulated and murdered by their government. 

    I have no complaints with the performances themselves — although I think O’Neill is underwritten — and I think the film as a whole is very strong. But the age thing is a serious problem.