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Howard (2020)

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Howard (2020)

There is an inscription at Howard Ashman’s grave in Baltimore: “Oh that he would have one more song to sing, one more song . . .” That melancholy statement could easily serve as a narrative through line in the new Disney+ documentary Howard which traces Ashman’s life and legacy from his childhood in Baltimore to […]

| August 7, 2020
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Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning (2020)

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Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning (2020)

Sam Jay lets you know right up front who she is.  She isn’t afraid of her own identity, her opinion and certainly her frustration at a world in which common sense is drying up and blowing away in the wind.  She’s young, black, gay, self-effacing and sees things as they are.  She opens her first […]

| August 4, 2020
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Immigration Nation (2020)

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Immigration Nation (2020)

If you even slightly lean to the right on your politics, then no one would blame you if you dismissed Netflix six-part documentary series Immigration Nation as a one-sided bleeding-heart screed aimed at revealing deported immigrants as victims and putting horns on the Forty-Fifth President of the United States.  You wouldn’t be entirely wrong.  But […]

| August 3, 2020
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The Last Narc (2020)

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The Last Narc (2020)

I suppose I should be embarrassed to admit that, being a naïve, well-fed Caucasian American, my vantage point on the world comes through fiction films and the images that the news media chooses to show me.  For most people like me, our view of the Mexican Drug Cartels comes through Hollywood’s filter in hyper-active thrillers […]

| August 2, 2020
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Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia (2020)

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Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia (2020)

The life of the mob fascinates us.  It just does.  We are fascinated by the system of inward justice populated by bosses, underbosses, captains and soldiers who operate outside of the law in a hermetically sealed world of values, loyalties and laws unto themselves.  Sometimes, its fun to watch the bad guys in action. Netflix’s […]

| August 1, 2020
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Hamilton (2020)

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Hamilton (2020)

There is probably no irony to the fact that Hamilton is dropping onto Disney+ just in time for America’s birthday, but it might get you in the spirit in ways that you’re not even counting on.  Every inch of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s smash Broadway hit has a subtext that you’d have to have been dead 200 […]

| July 3, 2020
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Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries (2020)

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Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries (2020)

To be perfectly honest, I tend to back away from reboot nostalgia, especially when it involves an 80s perennial.  I am always asking: why remake good stuff?  Well, riding that train of thought, I pulled up to Netflix’s reboot of ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ loaded with skepticism.  During my high school years, this was my Wednesday night […]

| July 3, 2020
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A Secret Love (2020)

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A Secret Love (2020)

The forward interest that will gravitate most viewers to Chris Bolan’s Netflix documentary A Secret Love is, no-doubt, its real-life connection to Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own, the perennial 1992 true story about a group of talented women who were recruited into the All-American Girl’s Professional Baseball League, which was formed as a […]

| May 1, 2020
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