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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★

    Unearned redemption outside Ebbing, Missouri
    (Originally published on inthemargins.ca)

    There are few films I have watched recently that left me as conflicted as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

    If you can look past its inherent treatment of racial violence as an insignificant plot point, or look past the fact that a white police officer not only gets away with violence against minorities, but is allowed to have a short, unearned redemption story, the film is beautifully shot, and McDormand and…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    In color and in chrome
    (Originally posted on inthemargins.ca)

    When people I don’t know very well (inevitably) ask about “where I’m from,” I receive the same three reactions when I tell them I was born in Tanzania:

    1. “Where in the world is that again?” (“East Africa, right next to Kenya,” is my usual response.)

    2. “Oh, you don’t look like you’re from Africa.” (If I have time, this is when I usually tell them about the movement of goods…

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  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★

    I have things to say about this movie. One day, I will say them.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    Staring into the fireplace as the credits roll by
    (Originally posted on inthemargins.ca)

    Here’s what I will remember most after watching Call Me By Your Name: the face of Elio Perlman, staring into the fireplace, as the credits roll by before he gets called to dinner.

    The scene is indelible for many reasons—one of them being that Timothée Chalamet performs it marvellously, with nuance and emotion—but is resonant mainly because it is relatable: how many of us have gone through…