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  • Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace

    ★★★

    An iconic performance unfortunately captured by a haphazard film crew, often visibly flabbergasted by the profound divinity surrounding them... Aretha’s moving service has SO MUCH TO SAY about her relationship with God, America, civil rights and how gospel music helped generations persevere through hell on Earth... One has to wonder what an auteur with a better understanding of that experience could have done with this concert movie.

  • A Madea Family Funeral

    A Madea Family Funeral

    ★★★

    If this is the last Madea movie ever, it's not a bad one to go out on. It ticks off most of the boxes you come to expect:

    Barely-in-focus footage that looks exactly like an OWN TV show? ✓
    Soap opera melodrama smash cut with scenes of inane slapstick? ✓
    Klump-esque set pieces of TP playing several grotesque caricatures? ✓
    Scenes that never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever end? ✓
    Gratuitous shots of shirtless beefcakes in bed, post-adultery? ✓
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