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Searching History

We cap off what some Hollywood-watching wags have dubbed "Asian August" with a gripping thriller called Searching. For all the merited hoopla over Crazy...

Bad Englishmen

Today’s topic is toxic masculinity. Wait, what am I saying? Our president is a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women, and as long...

Papillon: A Man Escaped

A petty criminal convicted of murder (wrongly, he claimed), Henri “Papillon” Charrière published his story in 1970, captivating French readers with his account of...

Crazy Rich Asians: Singapore Swing

Among us Asian-Americans, the anticipation for Crazy Rich Asians has been something like what African-Americans felt for Black Panther. The difference is, African-Americans have...

BlacKkKlansman: Undercover Brother

During this decade’s great wave of African-American filmmaking, one figure has been curiously and conspicuously absent: Spike Lee. He has always been bedeviled by...

Spy Partners

A middling entry in the genre of comic spy thrillers, The Spy Who Dumped Me is enlivened considerably by its unorthodox pairing of lead...

Nothing’s Fair in Eighth Grade

While we’re all taking the temperatures of the summer blockbusters and examining their contents for possible clues as to the direction of Hollywood, this...

Blindspotting: By the Bay

They say three makes it a trend, so here we have three movies in Black Panther, Sorry to Bother You, and Blindspotting, which comes...

M.I.6

Watching Mission: Impossible — Fallout made me feel like I was seeing a 56-year-old man’s midlife crisis dialing 911. I can’t be the only...

Sorry to Bother You: White Courtesy Phone

Much as I hate the Trump presidency, I love the wave of African-American satire in response to it. After the delirious highs of Get...