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Kathryn Bigelow Does the Wrong Thing in Detroit

National Review - 04 Aug 2017
'God save us from white liberals,” a black TV news anchor told me as we exited a press screening of Cry Freedom, the 1987 biopic about the late South African activist Stephen Biko. I repeated that lament to myself while watching Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit.
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Good Time: A Thrill Ride in Post-Obama America

National Review - 11 Aug 2017
He catches the film's white punk hero, Constantine (Connie) Nikas (Robert Pattinson), who has jumped the park's fence searching for a hidden drug stash. This time Abdi threatens, “If I find you, I'm gonna kick your ass.” But Good Time's neo-noir joke ...
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The Corner

National Review - 19 Aug 2017
When I read about the president's entire Arts Council resigning, I cheered. Who expected that a handful of America's culture czars would, surprisingly, step out of the way and give up their undemocratic, though tax-funded, authority? The resigners ...
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How Hitchcock's Classic Mystery Rope Cleverly Depicted Queer Life

Out Magazine - 04 Aug 2017
Rope's depiction of white upper-class Manhattan gays displays that Old Hollywood knack of turning a popular audience into insiders and sophisticates. It took a mischievous genius to make a post-WWII movie with subtle queer characters. Brandon and ...
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The Smiths: The Open Secret of 'Girlfriend in a Coma' - 10 Aug 2017
Poet-provocateur Morrissey displayed a pith and potency that refused to wallow in self-pity, just as Marr's delightful guitar melody refused to supply a dirge. But beneath the calm, white-knuckle surface, the pain is there, waiting to be discovered ...
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Miguel Pinero's Short Eyes Returns

Out Magazine - 08 Aug 2017
He may be torturously aware of his weakness—just as they are—a man wrought by compulsion and self-hatred, but with his “cheap summer suit” and blond hair, he's also a White Man (played very well by Bruce Davison). And coming for the outside, he's an ...
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Jeanne Moreau: Our Passionate Ally

Out Magazine - 02 Aug 2017
Smoking Lucky Strikes cigarettes, wearing white fingernail polish and drinking Black & White scotch, she's actually rapacious. (When Jacky thinks of going to Monte Carlo, her watch stops—she's not bound to order like Jean's father).Jacky offers two ...
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The Poetic Cinema of Jerome Reybaud's 4 Days in France

Out Magazine - 03 Aug 2017
Queer black poet Audre Lorde's 1985 essay “Poetry is not a Luxury” provides the best entry that I can think of into the world of Jerome Reybaud's debut film 4 Days in France (Jour de France). Lorde writes of “The quality of light by which we scrutinize ...
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The new golden age of horror movies

The Week Magazine - 11 Aug 2017
Before film critic Armond White sharpened his blade, Get Out boasted a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. The new wave of high-concept horror doesn't always sit well with a contingent of horror's fanbase, which prides the genre's narrower formula of ...
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Return of the Get-Whitey Movie

National Review - 24 Feb 2017
What was it, exactly, that the all-media screening audience at the new movie Get Out was cheering for when the black protagonist killed an entire family of white folks one by one? Get Out isn't simply a revenge thriller; it's a state-of-the-divided ...
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Graham: Tomato scores not always what they seem

The Detroit News - 05 Aug 2017
(The movie was eventually bumped down to a 99 percent rating when a pair of dissenting reviews trickled in, one from infamous contrarian Armond White.) “Dunkirk” and “Baby Driver” — sitting at 93 and 95 percent fresh, respectively — have also touted ...
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In the Almost-Great Baby Driver, Hollywood Goes Asperger's

National Review - 23 Jun 2017
Baby's white-boy innocence is the opposite of the seething menace represented by Foxx, Hamm, and Jon Bernthal's Griff, revealing the conspicuous, audience-pampering, and ethnic cop-outs of most Hollywood entertainment. Baby's collection of personally ...
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Nolan trivializes history, while Besson vivifies the future.

National Review - 21 Jul 2017
Winston Churchill's 1940 “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech is paraphrased in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, but after watching nearly two hours of uninspiring mayhem, it rings hollow. Although this is only Nolan's third movie that is set, at least ...
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What Does a Wonder Womanchild Want?

National Review - 02 Jun 2017
While it's okay for Trevor to be a pubescent girl's cartoon crush, Snyder has prepared us for more: In Batman v Superman, a black-and-white photograph showed Diana posed with Trevor and three sidekicks — Scotsman Charlie (Ewan Bremner), Turkish ...

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