Who Dares to Rent the Rental?

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. When I heard that Dave Franco directed an Airbnb-based horror movie, I got all twitterpated! Doesn’t that just sound, like, extra-special-super bad?! What if I also told you that this was the lesser Franco’s directorial debut and that it tries to […]

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Airy Dairy

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. “Deliberate” is what you call something that would be boring if anybody but a really, super-good artist made it. First Cow is a deliberate meditation that puts the “lazy” in laissez faire. As she has with her previous films, genius […]

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Fun, Guns, and Mum: New Stuff to Watch!

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. What’s more fun than a trilogy you assemble yourself? The correct answer is “Hugging a family member without fear that your touch could infect them with a deadly pathogen.” Still, finding three streaming movies that weirdly go together is arguably […]

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Grief: The Punk Rock, 8-Bit Video Game

Because it has been around for just a little bit, saying something about death in a new way is kinda hard. Fact check me, but I’m pretty sure We Are Little Zombies is the first time grief has been processed through a hallucinatory, 8-bit RPG and trash-glam-punk-rock musical. Writer/director Makoto Nagahisa’s cinematic riot is nonchalantly […]

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Cine-mea Culpa

I promoted racism. I know we all do, but I did it, like, professionally. Pretty recently. Ibram X. Kendi argues that confession can be an antiracist act, and that dude is way, way smarter than I am. So I confess: I stood in front of a room full of mostly white people, as an authority […]

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Remember When We Used to Laugh at Stuff?

Living inside the Friedrich Nietzsche wet dream that is 2020, humor seems as unreasonable as physical contact with a stranger. The bar for comedy has officially been lowered to “something that doesn’t make us weep while pondering systemic injustice or our own mortality.” This is great news for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire […]

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Truth in the Title

What’s a word that describes the feeling of being overwhelmingly depressed and inspired at the same time? American, maybe? Whatever the precise term, that’s how director Dawn Porter’s new documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble, will make you feel. This lean but comprehensive look at the titular Congressman’s six decades spent fighting this country’s smorgasbord of […]

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How to Salute With a Clenched Fist

Some films whisper subtle nuances and invite quiet contemplation. Some films are trash cans thrown through windows. On the basketball court and in the director’s chair, Spike Lee is at his best when he’s screaming, and Da 5 Bloods is an absolute holler. It is a messy, overwrought, tonally inconsistent, finger-wagging-in-your-face cinematic lecture, which makes […]

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Dollars and Incensed

Clearly, if America needs anything right now, it’s more stuff to be mad at and worried about! If you’ve finished the appetizer that is our ongoing pandemic and would like a side of economic injustice to go with the entrée of racial inequity America is maybe/kinda/sorta ready to finally eat, chow down on Capital in […]

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