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  • The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    ★★★★

    One of the more direct movie parallels to current events, The Hate U Give follows the story of Starr, a high school girl who sees one of her closest friends shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop, suddenly finding herself at the center of the chaos that follows in her community and the media.

    Besides the obvious themes of police violence and protests, the film also touches on other pressures that Starr and her family face:…

  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    ★★★★★

    Horror Noire collects interviews with prominent filmmakers, actors, and social & historical commentators to tell the history of American horror films from a uniquely black perspective — featuring Jordan Peele, Tananarive Due, Tony Todd, Ken Foree, Keith David, Ashlee Blackwell, Ernest Dickerson, Rusty Cundieff, and many, many more knowledgeable and engaged guests. Covering racism and tropes on film, struggles with representation, the blaxsploitation era, “hip hop horror”, the new wave of socially aware films like Get Out, and everything in between,…

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  • Ernest Scared Stupid

    Ernest Scared Stupid

    ★★★½

    12-year-old Me: ★★★★★
    32-year-old Me: ★★
    Composite Score: ★★★½

    I can live with that.

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    I've been waiting anxiously seven years for Alfonso Cuarón to bless us again. It's been that long since Children Of Men, a film so phenomenal and powerful that it changed the way I view and think about movies. It was one of my first HD-DVD purchases, and went on to become the most watched in my collection until the format eventually succumbed to Blu-Ray.

    Gravity is likewise an astounding and absolutely gorgeous film, and regardless of how you may end…