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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★½

    Entering 2021 with Mann, a good omen I hope.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★

    A black movie for whites? Ya gotta be fuckin’ kidding me.

    Watch Lover’s Rock instead.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    Edit: promised a friend I’d watch this again with them, had to lower the rating a bit. I had forgotten how bad the opening 50 minutes of this thing was.

    On a shallow, superficial level, Rise of Skywalker works. It’s a propulsive pop adventure that rockets through 140+ min runtime with a lot of action, humor, and spectacle. Our likable bunch of heroes race from one place to the next, guided along by a strong John Williams score. The combination…

  • Waves

    Waves

    Deeply, deeply bad. Clearly made by a young white guy who is infatuated with black bodies and pop culture but has never for one minute actually been black. That’s the only way to explain a story written entirely in cliches and easy stereotypes, comically piles on black misery, then leaves it halfway to make room for a nice white kid and his daddy issues.

    This is a film in which not one single development arrives organically from its characters. Every…