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  • Ma

    Ma

    ★★★

    The talents of Octavia Spencer, of which there are many, have been criminally underutilized for quite some time, even though she has received her fair share of accolades over the past few years, including several awards for her performance in 2011's The Help. This was a film that was well received by the general public; i enjoyed it as well. But it's continued promotion of the mammy character that Hollywood has relied on for so long as a way of…

  • Custody

    Custody

    ★★★½

    Xavier Legrands debut film, Custody, is a film that slowly pulls you into a world that’s falling apart and then quickly plants it’s hooks in you as you watch the madness gradually unfold. The films opening scene, a tense child custody hearing, contains a both sides-ism that guided my thinking about the equitability of the custody battle between Miriam (Lea Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Menochet). That's until you realize what was apparent all along. Antoine is an imposing figure who…

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  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★½

    Who is this film for? And what is it looking to accomplish? 

    These are the two questions that have been swirling around in my mind almost a week later after watching Green Book, Peter Farrelly's racial road movie about the classically trained pianist Don Shirley, Tony "Lip" Vallenlonga, and their 1960's journey through the deep south. I know the answer to both questions, but I don't think Peter knows and I don't think that co-writer Nick Vallenlonga knows either. But…

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    In preparation for seeing Barry Jenkins adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 novel I've been reading and watching various James Baldwin interviews over the past few days and I stumbled upon the following quote, which comes from an interview that he gave to The Guardian in 1974. “Every poet is an optimist, Baldwin says. But "you have to reach a certain level of despair to deal with your life at all.” This optimism and despair is on full display within the…