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  • Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

    Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

    ★★★

    Material and subject: *****
    Execution: **

    This Adam Carolla-backed documentary of the first black man to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 has all the material of a compelling feature. Willy T. Ribbs, a charismatic racecar driver who powered through racism and white privilege to become a Formula 1 driver, is a good storyteller and the other talking heads included in the doc give a boost and added texture. As a casual racing fan (perhaps one in the most shocking demographic…

  • The Metropolitan Opera: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

    The Metropolitan Opera: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

    ★★★★

    Fighting, dancing, gambling and sinning. These are the things I would expect to find while watching a movie. But on a Saturday afternoon, I treated myself to a different experience when I watched the Metropolitan Opera’s “Porgy and Bess.”

    The celebrated Gerswin opera is part of the 2019-20 Live in HD season with productions being simulcast in theaters around the world. It was a great opportunity to catch its return to the Met after nearly 30 years, and the performances…

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The thing with horror movies is that in a sick, gruesome way, they are a form of escapism. What happens in them can’t possibly happen in real life. The plot, the mayhem and the monsters are scary enough to provoke emotion while still feeling distant from what’s unfolding on the screen. “Hereditary” is not one of those movies; you will need something else to escape from this.
    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro make up the Grahams,…

  • 300: Rise of an Empire

    300: Rise of an Empire

    ★½

    I hated "300" and I never planned to watch the sequel. However, it was part of a double feature at the local drive-in, so I stuck around for it. That said, it was an improvement over "300" as far there being toned-down racism and sacrilegious imagery being pushed to fluff up the Greeks.

    If it were for Artemesia's attitude and wardrobe, I would have given it only 1/2 star because overall, it's quite a lazy sequel.