The Monster Squad Balances Childish Fun and Grown-Up Pathos

Sometimes, the most enduring movies are the ones with the simplest premises, and it doesn’t get simpler than The Monster Squad. “Clever children fight the Universal monsters” is about as good as it gets and it’s a waste of time to argue otherwise. Working from a Read More …

Marvel’s Luke Cage Is The Black Superhero Show Some (Not All) of Us Have Been Waiting For

Already a breakout character from Jessica Jones, the release of Marvel’s Luke Cage last week marked the cementing of the iconic superhero in the mainstream media consciousness. We’re still a ways out from Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther film bringing Wakanda to the big screen, so for now, Luke Cage Read More …

Donald Glover’s Atlanta Is The Best Show On Television (For Right Now) [Review]

While Donald Glover’s excursions into rap music and stand-up comedy have both been rather divisive endeavors, Atlanta, his first foray into running a television show, is the most universal wellspring of support for the multi-hyphenate since the internet arbitrarily decided he should be Spider-Man years ago. Despite Read More …

Vice Principals and Fear of a Black Principal

The first few episodes of the new HBO comedy Vice Principals were a delight for fans of Eastbound & Down and that particular brand of angry man comedy Jody Hill & Danny McBride create so well. But despite the clear talent on display and the abundance of Read More …

Virgil Is A Modern Exploitation Classic

Intersectional narratives about marginalized groups tend to be relegated to a certain genre. If a story is going to deal with complex issues of race, gender or sexual orientation, there’s this frustrating sense that they can only exist as stark, self serious dramas. Virgil, the original Read More …

The Fits is a Must-See Debut [Review]

First films are seldom as assured as The Fits, the debut feature from newcomer Anna Rose Holmer. There’s an unmistakable confidence to the structure, style and tone. Running lean at under ninety minutes, The Fits stars the sensational Royalty Hightower as Toni, an eleven-year-old tomboy Read More …