Tag Archives: Race

Small Axe: Education (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A kid stuck at the bottom of the system

As your average constant movie reviewer, I was certainly quite interested in watching Steve McQueen’s exceptional movie anthology series “Small Axe”, which happened to be selected as one of the best works of 2020 among many film critics groups in … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Mangrove (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The Trial of the Mangrove Nine

During the latest Oscar season, there was a rather trivial controversy on Steve McQueen’s ambitious film anthology series “Small Axe”. While its first three films were respectively shown at a number of movie festivals including the New York Film Festival … Continue reading

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LA 92 (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A raw, vivid, and riveting presentation of the 1992 LA riots

Documentary film “LA 92” is a raw, vivid, and riveting presentation of the 1992 LA riots. While entirely consisting of a series of various archival footage clips, the documentary delves deep into the social and historical background of this shocking … Continue reading

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Gook (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): One long day of April in Paramount, California, 1992

Justin Chon’s second feature film “Gook”, which received the Best of Next Audience Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in 2017, is an interesting but ultimately uneven mixed bag. At first, it attempts a mildly … Continue reading

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Queen & Slim (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A duo on the run

“Queen & Slim” is a little crime romance drama which follows the footsteps of “Bonny and Clyde” (1967) and many other similar films while also presenting its own mood, ideas, and sensibility. As a foreign audience outside the American society, … Continue reading

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Maiden (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Sailing Away

Documentary film “Maiden” presents a fascinating real-life story about a group of brave and strong women who attempted to show the world that girls can do anything. Although they naturally faced many troubles and obstacles including sexism from the very … Continue reading

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See You Yesterday (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little time travel adventure in Brooklyn

“See You Yesterday”, which was released on Netflix last Friday, is a little smart movie which puts its own distinctive touches on one of the most time-honored science fiction subjects. While it takes a familiar route packed with predictable narrative … Continue reading

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As their love abides

Barry Jenkins’ latest film “If Beale Street Could Talk” warmly starts with its two main characters spending time together outside. Even before one of them talks to us about how much they are in love with each other, their mutual … Continue reading

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The Hate U Give (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): She won’t be quiet at all

“The Hate U Give”, which is based on the novel of the same name by Angie Thomas, handles a timely subject with earnest care and compassion. Through the intimate human story of a young girl who becomes a lot more … Continue reading

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Green Book (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Driving for his black employer

“Green Book”, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival several months ago, is a mild crowd-pleaser film which would probably be more acceptable if it had been made around 30 years ago. While it is … Continue reading

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