Review: Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You is one crazy piece of theater. The crazy works. It delivers a powerful punch in an imaginative package. Written and directed by Boots Riley, this is a tale about class, race, greed, exploitation, and love.  Boots Riley is one of those fresh voices in American cinema people are always talking about. Continue reading “Review: Sorry to Bother You”

Review: Dear White People, Vol.2

Dear White People Vol. 2 is the second season of this comedic discussion of race in America. The quality that characterized the first season continues as the story about a group of black students at mostly white Winchester University moves forward.  There are minor spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Dear White People, Vol.2”

Watch This: Trailer for Furlough

Furlough presses all the right buttons. Female leads, female director, and the promise of a fun comedy. Check out the trailer. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Furlough”

Watch This: Trailer for Annihilation

The sci-fi thriller Annihilation based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy released its first teaser. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Annihilation”

Review: Dear White People the TV series

Dear White People the series picks up where the movie ended. We go back to the black-face Halloween party and see it from several students’ perspectives. The technique of replaying important events from different characters’ points of view is used to great effect in the TV series. Continue reading “Review: Dear White People the TV series”

Review: Dear White People

Dear White People is a film about 4 black students at a mythical Ivy League university that takes aim directly at white people with all their ignorance, bias, privilege and insensitivity. The film uses smart dialog, hilarious one-liners, and real people with real issues to deliver its message.

Spoilers ahead.

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Review: Mississippi Damned

Mississippi Damned is an examination of what keeps people trapped in a cycle of poverty and abuse, and how some of them manage to escape.

If you watched the excellent documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? you know that Nina Simone wanted to be a concert pianist. And you probably already knew that Nina Simone wrote the song “Mississippi Goddam” which inspired the title of this movie. The most accessible character in the film, the one we root for the most, is young Kari Peterson. She’s played as a young adult by Tessa Thompson and as a child by Kylee Russell. Like Nina Simone, Kari wants to go to college to develop her talent as a pianist and composer.

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