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Small Axe: Mangrove movie review: parties and protests (#LFF2020) (#BBC/#AmazonPrime)

A triumph. McQueen brings history to life and makes it sing with zest and passion, with a spirit that endures beyond the strife. A celebration of Black joy alongside a raging against Black oppression.

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Proxima movie review: the work of the world

Brings a fundamental new humanity to the story of those who court great danger in order to advance human knowledge. Eva Green is immense. Writer-director Alice Winocour’s compassion is achingly acute.

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Mogul Mowgli movie review: Riz Ahmed goes home and goes big (#LFF2020)

An uneasy jolt of (pop) culture clash and assimilation angst. Unsettling and electrifying; near-nightmarish and absolutely mesmerizing. Riz Ahmed oozes sweat and rage, pride and power.

green light = see it Boba Fett, Le Retour Du Jedi, Chasseur De Primes, Hugo Weaving, Flotsam And Jetsam, V For Vendetta, Star Wars, Timothy Olyphant, Jedi Knight

The Binge: The Mandalorian S1 (#DisneyPlus)

Here is the future of Star Wars, one not mired in the narrow threads of the movies’ mythology, but a story that acknowledges that there is a whole big complicated wonderful galaxy to explore.

In an intimate yet shattering documentary, Black British activist Femi Nylander searches for “the imperial history they didn’t teach at school,” and finds it. Heartbreaking, provocative, illuminating.

African Apocalypse documentary review: Black perspectives matter (#LFF2020)

In an intimate yet shattering documentary, Black British activist Femi Nylander searches for “the imperial history they didn’t teach at school,” and finds it. Heartbreaking, provocative, illuminating.

Apart from the value of its explicatory gloss on anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, there is entertaining, gratifying drama in the clash of so many complex feminist women working against her. Phyllis Schlafly, Tracey Ullman, Anti Feminist, Us Supreme Court, Credit Card Application, Gloria Steinem, Old Money, Female Profile, The Clash

The Binge: Mrs America (#FXonHulu/#BBC)

Apart from the value of its explicatory gloss on anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, there is entertaining, gratifying drama in the clash of so many complex feminist women working against her.

A work of breathtaking audacity. This is as perilous as comedy gets, and it’s very, very funny, often shockingly so. Sacha Baron Cohen’s scathing cultural strikes land like extinction-level asteroids. Amazon Prime Uk, Sacha Baron Cohen, Running Jokes, Father Presents, Father Daughter Dance, Very Funny, Countries Of The World, Country Music, Country

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm movie review: punching way the hell up (#AmazonPrime)

A work of breathtaking audacity. This is as perilous as comedy gets, and it’s very, very funny, often shockingly so. Sacha Baron Cohen’s scathing cultural strikes land like extinction-level asteroids.

This pleasantly silly-sad apocalypse, melancholy with a dash of optimism, smashes clichés and finds fresh angles on the familiar. Dylan O’Brien has a self-deprecating charm; there’s a great dog, too. Sad Movies, I Movie, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Film Review, Independent Films, Dylan O'brien, End Of The World, Melancholy

Love and Monsters movie review: building a future at the end of the world

This pleasantly silly-sad apocalypse, melancholy with a dash of optimism, smashes clichés and finds fresh angles on the familiar. Dylan O’Brien has a self-deprecating charm; there’s a great dog, too.

If you’ve been paying attention, not much is surprising in muckraker Alex Gibney’s timeline-driven rundown of Trump’s COVID crimes. But there is immense value in seeing it all laid out so clearly. Robert Kennedy, Kennedy Jr, Jared Kushner, Rage, American Exceptionalism, Research And Development, Documentary Film, Control, Donald Trump

Totally Under Control documentary review: detailing Trump’s coronavirus catastrophe

If you’ve been paying attention, not much is surprising in muckraker Alex Gibney’s timeline-driven rundown of Trump’s COVID crimes. But there is immense value in seeing it all laid out so clearly.

I love the initial cynicism of this sendup of Christian cinema, and love even more how it goes on to punch up rather than down, and embraces sincerity and friendship with good cheer and gentle zing. Very Funny Movies, Faith Based Movies, Christian Movies, Good Cheer, It Goes On, Filmmaking, I Movie, Science Fiction, Punch

Faith Based movie review: God is in the details

I love the initial cynicism of this sendup of Christian cinema, and love even more how it goes on to punch up rather than down, and embraces sincerity and friendship with good cheer and gentle zing.

Generously, this is a 15-minute short padded out to an unforgivable, patience-trying two hours, there’s so little in the way of fresh ideas or engaging characters. Kudos for making time travel boring. Kodi Smit Mcphee, Ryan Kwanten, Sci Fi Films, Indie Films, Sci Fi Thriller, Audio Latino, Dystopian Future, Watch Free Movies Online, Sci Fi Movies

2067 (aka Chronicle: 2067) movie review: future schlock

Generously, this is a 15-minute short padded out to an unforgivable, patience-trying two hours, there’s so little in the way of fresh ideas or engaging characters. Kudos for making time travel boring.

Enlightening, enraging history of all the ways in which the United States has tried to bar citizens from voting, plus a primer on what Americans can do right now to ensure that our voices are heard. Primary Election, Election Day, Poll Tax, Trick Questions, African American Studies, Polling Place, Call To Action, Global Warming

All In: The Fight for Democracy documentary review: the pushback against voter suppression (#AmazonPrime)

Enlightening, enraging history of all the ways in which the United States has tried to bar citizens from voting, plus a primer on what Americans can do right now to ensure that our voices are heard.

A winsome Tilda Cobham-Hervey leads a rote rags-to-riches tale, though its rampant sexism is a villain women will recognize. Needs to be seen, even if it’s not quite the tribute Helen Reddy deserves. Mellow Songs, Danielle Macdonald, Helen Reddy, John Evans, John Denver, Record Company, Historical Women, Woman Movie, Evan Peters

I Am Woman movie review: more a purr than a roar

A winsome Tilda Cobham-Hervey leads a rote rags-to-riches tale, though its rampant sexism is a villain women will recognize. Needs to be seen, even if it’s not quite the tribute Helen Reddy deserves.

I’m obsessed with this British miniseries following one family through a dystopian 2020s. It’s completely harrowing, very nearly soul-crushing. Yet I cling to its tenuous optimism and profound beauty. Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey, Emma Thompson, New Friendship, Bbc One, Torchwood, Second Child, Live Tv

The Binge: Years and Years (#BBC/#HBO)

I’m obsessed with this British miniseries following one family through a dystopian 2020s. It’s completely harrowing, very nearly soul-crushing. Yet I cling to its tenuous optimism and profound beauty.

Offbeat portrait of an unconventional girl is all over the place, sometimes detouring into the cringeworthy, as it tries to depict the emotional familial confusion its tween protagonist is navigating. Emma Booth, Bingo Cards, Film Review, Tween Girls, Confusion, Screenwriting, Family Kids, Little Sisters, Portrait

H Is for Happiness movie review: Q is for Quirk, F is for Forced

Offbeat portrait of an unconventional girl is all over the place, sometimes detouring into the cringeworthy, as it tries to depict the emotional familial confusion its tween protagonist is navigating.

The to-die-for cast can’t quite save this melodrama from its trite obviousness, in which rage and grief are matters of tasteful, upscale lifestyle. But they at least they make it passingly watchable. Bex Taylor Klaus, Sam Neill, Mia Wasikowska, Movie Of The Week, Susan Sarandon, Christmas Mom, Film Review, Kate Winslet, Through The Looking Glass

Blackbird movie review: the bell tolls, ever so tastefully

The to-die-for cast can’t quite save this melodrama from its trite obviousness, in which rage and grief are matters of tasteful, upscale lifestyle. But they at least make it passingly watchable.