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“This wave breaks 24 hours a day every day.”

We continue our Sports series, in which we’re looking at four films about sports directed by women, with Catherine Hardwicke’s sophomore effort from 2005, Lords of Dogtown. Is it more than a biopic? Can we identify with the protagonists? And how’s the skateboarding?

Andy’s star rating:  2.5 stars+
Pete’s star rating:  3 stars+
Average star rating:  2.75 stars+

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Girlfight

Girlfight

★★★½

“All these years, you just looked right through me.”

We continue our season of all films directed by women and our series focused on Sports films with Karyn Kusama’s 2000 debut film Girlfight, starring Michelle Rodriguez, also in her debut performance. It’s a solid film and well-worth talking about. Check it out then tune in to this episode!

Andy’s star rating:  3.5 stars+
Pete’s star rating:  3 stars+
Average star rating:  3.25 stars+

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“In the grand calculus of the Multiverse, your sacrifice is worth more than your life.”

Doctor Strange gets all magicky with Wanda in this multiversal leveling up to the MCU. There’s a lot going on here, and Ocean Murff, Krissy Lenz, and Tommy Metz III do their best to unravel the timey-wimey spaghetti of this Raimi entry to the universe.

Speaking of Raimi, just how Raimi is it? Too much? Too little? Hands tied by fancy MCU Earth 838 handcuffs?…

Love & Basketball

Love & Basketball

★★★★★

“What I always admired was the fight in you.”

It’s time for our next series! We’re kicking off our Sports series with Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 2000 film Love & Basketball. This is an incredible film and an easy one to love and talk about. Definitely check it out then tune in!

Andy’s star rating:  4.5 stars+
Pete’s star rating:  5 stars+
Average star rating:  4.75 stars+

To listen to The Next Reel’s episode on Love and Basketball, please visit our website.

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Liked reviews

Hugely enjoyed this biopic about a Ugandan chess prodigy trying to use her chess skills to break out of the ghetto. This seems to be more closely based on real life than most biopic films, in part because director Mira Nair founded a film school in Uganda and knows much more about local life than most Western filmmakers looking at Africa: There's no tokenism here, no great white hope, no American POV character to translate, just a tremendously talented child-star lead and some excellent supporting cast. Recommended.

Full review for The Verge here.

Phiona Mutesi is the Queen of Katwe but Lupita Nyong'o is the Queen of My Heart

And we're not casting Lupita Nyong'o in every movie because ??????

The rare attempt at the inspirational crowdpleaser that doesn't feel manipulative or hollow. It actually inspires. And pleases.