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Shang-Chi: Power of Ten

Here’s the extraordinary thing about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: The Chinese have been trying to make this movie for the...

High on the Hog: Streaming Soul Food

I spent part of this past Juneteenth watching Netflix’s High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, and it felt appropriate to...

Free Guy: Not PC

I started playing SimCity in the early days of the lockdown. I did it out of sheer, soul-crushing boredom and quickly became addicted to the...

Green Knight: Headless Horseman

I’ve previously aired my issues with British color-blind casting, but it’s doing one good thing: It’s turning Dev Patel into an unstoppable force. The...

We Are Lady Parts: Rock and Allah

A story with a point of view that you haven’t heard before is one thing, but when it’s expressed with so much confidence, that...

Scarlett and Black

When Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff died in Avengers: Endgame — uh, spoiler alert — I thought, “She can’t be dead, because there’s going to be...

12 Mighty Orphans

In Twelve Mighty Orphans, author Jim Dent writes of football coach Harvey “Rusty” Russell arriving at the Fort Worth Masonic Home for Orphans in...

Summer Movie Preview

Call them tentpoles, popcorn movies, mainstream entertainment, or whatever: Most of those films had their theatrical releases delayed 14 months ago, if they weren’t...

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

Just before everything went to hell, we had the last Oscars, that feel-good win for Parasite, and me writing this piece while we were wearing...

Godzilla vs. Kong: Monster Smackdown

I have to say, this current series of Hollywood movies about Godzilla feels like the wrong kind of throwback. Taken as a whole, ...