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  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★★½

    Blinded by the Light is a true story about a Pakistani English man looking to escape his life in Margaret Thatcher’s England. Specifically in 1987, Javid, played by Viveik Kalra, feels trapped in his family, trapped by his ethnicity and trapped in the small English city of Luton. That is until he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen. 
    Written and directed by Gurinda Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham), Blinded By the Light artfully explores the identity we get from the…

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★★

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco, in many ways, is a love story between a man and the house that still anchors him to the city he loves. Jimmie Fails plays himself in this autobiographical tale of a San Franciscan who is coming to grips with the fact that he is losing his city. Gentrification has pushed him and many things he identifies, to the fringes of his city by the bay. The only thing that still tethers him…

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  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    Chernobyl is another HBO triumph. The production design is gorgeous, the direction is exciting and the acting is superb. The cinematography is some of the best I’ve seen on TV in recent memory. This is an absolutely enthralling miniseries in every sense of the word. Fascinating on a science and human level, Chernobyl is a monstrous reminder of how the hubris of a few people can cause the destruction of many. It’s also an intelligent commentary on how lies, as a debt, will always have to be paid and that the people who pay them are generally the innocent.

  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    ★★★★★

    An incredibly intimate and moving picture about the people of Hale County, Alabama, told with little to no narrative structure. Instead what we are presented with moments of life itself - unfolding in a poetic beauty that might seem mundane but, given the proper perspective, is nothing short of profound.  
    Director RaMell Ross lingers patiently on his subjects allowing them the breathing room to be observed in as human a way as possible. His subjects help tell the story but…