Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 7:33pm
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Ever since my sister came home for her freshman year Winter Break with a song called “Satisfied,” “Hamilton” has been a part of my life. I met one of my closest friends because of it, I passed AP US History because of it and (sort of) passed AP Government because of it. I even got a chance to see the Chicago cast a few summers ago because of how much I loved it. As much as I loved that show, I knew it was nowhere near as incredible as the original cast’s show was.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 7:27pm
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Pete Davidson (“Saturday Night Live”) is a polarizing figure. He’s known for becoming one of the youngest-ever cast members on “SNL” at age 20 and his brief engagement and subsequent messy breakup with Ariana Grande, among other things. Most importantly, he’s known for his blunt and brash comedy — whether he’s talking about sex, weed or mental health, Davidson is all about pushing the envelope on what’s acceptable to say out loud.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 7:05pm
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In the summer of 2016, my cousin and I saw “Southside with You,” a biographical indie film depicting Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, filled with intelligent conversations between the future POTUS and FLOTUS about everything from bigotry to desserts.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 6:59pm
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“Da Five Bloods” is a snare trap. Director Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) draws viewers in with an adventure story about four African American veterans returning to Vietnam, on a mission to find a long-buried treasure and the remains of their squad leader. These instantly likable characters, who call themselves “The Bloods,” plan to split the gold and send their leader’s body home to the States for a proper burial. While this setup is as Hollywood as it gets, Lee uses it to give the audience a false sense of comfort, which is ripped away to devastating effect. 

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 11:42pm
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Tayarisha Poe’s debut feature film “Selah and the Spades” is an ancient, familiar story. It’s about legacy and vice. It’s about power — how you get it, how you keep it, how you lose it. It’s stylish and Shakespearean, featuring crime kingpins, bootleg rackets, snitches and plenty of stitches … but also prom, senior pranks and AP bio tests.

As it so happens, “Selah and the Spades” is a mob movie wearing the clothes of your standard high school drama. 

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 11:41pm
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A driver’s ed. instructor, a hair stylist, a magpie and a rock star meet in a haunted mansion during a Satanic ritual. This sounds like a bad joke, right? Wrong. It’s “Extra Ordinary.”

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 5:26pm
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So many of our childhoods are made up of Disney movies. How could you forget the first time you watched Aladdin and Jasmine soaring on a magic carpet, Ariel passionately singing “Part of Your World” or even Tarzan seeing Jane for the first time? But while everyone remembers and appreciates those movies so much, oftentimes we forget that Disney made sequels for a lot of them. They may not have gotten the same amount of attention as their predecessors, but some are worth a watch.

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 3:48pm
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Netflix has long been an excellent source of cheesy rom-coms, those delightful 90-minute movies that you can watch all the way through while half paying attention to something else and still feel the satisfaction of a feel-good ending and a dramatic kiss. With “Love Wedding Repeat,” Netflix has delivered another one of these movies, perfect for watching late at night when you don’t want to think much about what you’re watching.

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 3:33pm
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“Tigertail” is a triumph. As in the best movies, its characters leap off the screen and will be remembered like old friends. The story in “Tigertail” is so fleshed out, so filled with emotion, that it feels like a memoir, not a fictional narrative. The film tells the life story of Pin-Jui, a Taiwanese immigrant to the US. It flashes between Pin-Jui’s elderly self, played excellently by Tzi Ma (“Arrival”) and his memories — chronicling his childhood, teenage years and how he left his life in Taiwan for the States.

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:49am
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Movies are projections. Yes, literally, in the sense of filmstock and screens and projectors and bulbs. But movies can also be projections of ourselves — a momentary snapshot of the internal, the introspective, the metaphysical. And given the circumstances, we as the film beat are seeing less literal projections in movie theaters and doing more projecting ourselves. So what are we thinking about? Among them are whether “When Harry Met Sally” is actually good, our Letterboxd log histories and — of course — the apocalypse.