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A quick review of Fences: You’re already late. GO.

Fences features a Denzel Washington who is finally directing something I can’t criticize on any level. His previous efforts – Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters – were fair, but Fences finds him on a mission. Well, technically, it’s not a new mission. All of his previous efforts have been mission based as well, but…

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Tim Burton’s Home for Peculiar Colorblind Racism

Tim Burton could have been slick and got out of this clean. When an interviewer asked why his movie about a fantasy story that largely takes place in 1940 Wales was predominantly white, Burton could have responded with, “Did you read the book? The story takes place in 1940 Wales. Ever been to Wales? Wales…

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Watching Birth of a Nation While Black

I cannot recall when I have ever dreaded viewing a film. I’ve attended numerous 24-hour horror film marathons during which I knew I would be subjected to films handpicked to twist the knife of political sensibilities, films so graphic and nihilistic I cannot give their titles in unguarded company. The guilt from even accidentally convincing…

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Dear Fox: Hand over the X-Men franchise slowly

Contrary to public outcry, X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t the worst superhero film in just the last three months, let alone its own tedious franchise, but for every one thing it gets right it gets a dozen other things wrong. When you start running that math out for two-plus hours, you’re left with a film destined to…

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Gods of Egypt is the most racist film ever.

“Oh, I knows. I knows. I’m just a worn-out ol’ man what don’t do nothin’ but tell stories. But they ain’t never done no harm to nobody. And if they don’t do no good, how come they last so long? This here’s the only home I knows. I was going to whitewash the walls, too,…

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Why Your Star Wars Race Debate is Failing

It is one hundred percent okay to discuss how the imagery of a film affects how people might perceive – and conversely treat – another group of people. When we do so correctly we counteract all sorts of historically abhorrent things that go on to inform how people are actually treated in the real world.…