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  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★★

    All I can remember learning about Malcolm X in school is how his vision for change contrasted with that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and that he advocated for more radical steps to be taken in the pursuit of civil equality, and finally his assassination at the hands of three members of the Nation of Islam. That's it. No context of what made him such an influential figure, no background of the socioeconomic conditions that led him to adopt…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    Fred Hampton ✊🏿 Malcolm X ✊🏿 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ✊🏿 Breonna Taylor ✊🏿 George Floyd ✊🏿 Eric Garner ✊🏿 Michael Brown ✊🏿 Tamir Rice ✊🏿 Trayvon Martin ✊🏿 Philando Castile ✊🏿 Medgar Evers ✊🏿 Rayshard Brooks ✊🏿 Daniel Prude ✊🏿 Tatiana Jefferson ✊🏿 Aura Rosser ✊🏿 Stephon Clark ✊🏿 Botham Jean ✊🏿 Alton Sterling ✊🏿 Michelle Cusseaux ✊🏿 Hattie Carroll ✊🏿 Emmett Till ✊🏿 Freddie Gray ✊🏿 Manisha Gonville ✊🏿 Akai Gurley ✊🏿 Gabriella Nevarez ✊🏿 Rev. George…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I used to think this was the beginning of my review. Memory is a strange thing.

    I love the atmosphere this film has. Everything is shrouded in mystery, enveloped in mist. Denis Villeneuve uses such a gentle touch to convey his story, through the viewpoint of Louise. Just as in Sicario we learned with Emily Blunt's character, so do we learn things here with Louise. Amy Adams has such a complete ownership of her role, using emotion as her universal…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★½

    "It's official old buddy. I'm a has-been."

    It's been said that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is basically Pulp Fiction in 1969 LA. And while it has all the flair of a hallmark Tarantino joint, I found the film to be antithetical to Pulp Fiction, particularly the ending. The veteran director is very much still on his game, recreating Golden Age Hollywood at its' close in a way unlike anyone else could. Everything from driving through Hollywood hills to…