Film

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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.

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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.”

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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?

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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.

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The world of professional dance is ruthless — the beauty we see as an audience is often the result of years of both psychological and physical damage. To become a principal dancer in any kind of dance company requires a certain amount of discipline that the average person doesn’t have.

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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.

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Across the nation, movie theaters remain still—popcorn un-popped, screens unlit, cushy seats empty. 

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I grew up watching Bollywood movies. I sang the songs even though I didn’t know what I was saying, I did the dances despite the fact that I couldn’t (and still can’t) dance and I watched the stories unfold onscreen, enthralled by the colors, the music and the beauty.

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At its best, politics is stressful. At its worst, it’s a mind-boggling maze of rules and red tape. And, as we get older, the messiness of our current bureaucracy becomes increasingly obvious, revealing a system that is much more complicated than Schoolhouse Rock! makes it out to be.