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Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker – 2016) Review

Director Nate Parker and Birth of a Nation rumbles with the ache of inevitable failure. Where films like Django Unchained allow you the blaxploitation fantasies of exacting vengeance on the worst of the worst; Birth of a Nation wants to reinforce while the historically displaced and disenfranchised have hate tattooed on their very bones. Black voices telling black stories is essential.

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Jackie (Pablo Larraín – 2016) Movie Review

Jackie Kennedy, the woman behind one of the greatest and most influential Presidents in the history of the United States, gets an intimate impressionist portrait. Forging the myths of “Camelot,” interrogating the morality of being a widow in the most drastic and heavily scrutinised circumstance; director Pablo Larraín and hypnotic star Natalie Portman finds ways to render gut punching alternate perspectives to well trodden history. Jackie is a film of three distinct modes. The first is a battle of maintaining the mythical status of JFK and the manipulation of the…

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I Like to Watch: Nerve and Money Monster

Vee is riding on the back of Ian’s motorcycle. They look to Ian’s phone and get a big stakes dare from their Nerve app. In Nerve, viewers front money for players to complete dares. This dare is simple; thousands of dollars, if Ian can ride his motorcycle through New York City, with Vee clutching the back up to 60mph … wearing a blindfold. You’re watching Nerve to ride with the players to success through perilous stakes; as well as observing the sadistic depths of the watchers coaxing them into escalating…

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Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford – 2016): The Wretched

Nocturnal Animals is a dark tragedy. Ford’s motivation for the film is writ large in the opening credits. Obese, grotesque, American women gyrate in slow motion like a ‘Fourth of July’ themed, trailer park strip show. Like war photography, Ford wants to find the beauty in darkness.

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The Shallows (2016) Movie Review: “Lively Jaws”

The Shallows (apart from an ending that nearly makes the entire film shit the bed) is a hair-raising, beautifully executed and performed thriller that likes to remind the audience why going in the water’s cool, but if you swim near a Shark’s food, “you done f*cked up.”

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Hell or High Water (2016) Movie Review: No Country For Bad Accents

Hell or High Water has had some pretty poor comparisons to No Country for Old Men in the buzz and hype for the film. That’s not to deny that HOHW is a quality viewing, but rather that the world at large is not generating forces like Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh to be unleashed upon the characters. Instead writer Taylor Sheridan is tackling American financial corruption head on.

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POPSTAR: Never Stop Never Stopping: This is just a tribute

This is not the greatest mockumentary in the world, no! This is just a tribute. But you’ve gotta believe me, it’s still really fair, but it’s just a matter of opinion.

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MISSING DICKS: The Naked City (1948) Movie Review: “Investigation 101”

Several issues back our Graffiti Thursday schedule featured our list of Definitive Detective films. Thanks to the contribution and collaboration from our team and friends of Graffiti, our list featured quite a few films that I hadn’t crossed paths with. In the coming months, I’m going to attempt to complete the whole set. We open the film at the scene of a crime. The beautiful Jean Dexter, caught up with the wrong people is killed in New York City. Before the night’s out, two killers become one when an emerging…

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