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  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year


    When I heard that A Most Violent Year was so incredible that it earned comparisons to The Godfather, I truly thought that sentiment had to be overblown. I mean, it's the fucking GODFATHER. But about a third of the way through, the comparison already felt justified on an intellectual level. By the end, I was squealing with the same delight my first watch of The Godfather, Part II caused. It's an instant classic in the sense that it's original, fresh…

  • Dear White People

    Dear White People


    As a high-achieving black high school student who could legitimately mark the "Multi-racial" box on the question about race/ethnicity, I had my pick of prestigious colleges. I didn't choose the school highest on the US News and Report rankings. Instead, I picked the school where my version of blackness would be most readily accepted. At the Ivy League school I visited, I was the only black person I saw outside of the airport during my two day stay. At another…

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  • In Bruges

    In Bruges


    What a conversation between Harry and Ken would sound like if they were talking about some lame person who doesn't like this movie:

    Harry: So he's having a really nice time watching In Bruges?
    Ken: Well, I'm having a really nice time watching In Bruges. I'm not sure it's really his cup of tea. 
    Harry: (Stunned silence) What? 
    Ken: You know... I'm not sure it's really his thing. 
    Harry: What do you mean it's not really his thing? What's that…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel


    An explosion of imagination and visual ingenuity, Man of Steel manages to feel like the future of cinema and an instant classic all at once. It follows the bare bones of the source material, then injects a strong dose of modernity and eliminates the duality between Clark Kent the journalist and Superman. The early reviews for this film are polarized for all the wrong reasons. Something that's been slowly building over the last few years has finally come to a…