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BlacKkKlansman: A Period Piece That’s On Point | Ro Reviews

In BlacKkKLansman, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first Black man to serve as a Detective in the Colorado Spring Police Department, infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and exposed their activities with stunning results. In an even more unusual turn of events, Stallworth took point on this mission and recruited the more experienced-and white-Detective Flip Zimmerman (Adam…

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Coco | Movie Review

Using music to navigate a familiar theme of the rebellious kid, Coco journeys through the land of the living and the dead with a healthy sense of self-awareness that keeps things emotionally engaging. Along the way, notable figures and traditions – often used as pop culture props – take the spotlight and are reoriented to their rightful cultural…

Last Flag Flying | Movie Review

Quick Take: Last Flag Flying is a poignant look at life from the rearview mirror, so to speak. It’s a hilarious, heartbreaking, and heroically unapologetic look at life after war and the legacy of a life built post-military service. It’s a beautifully crafted film that conveys all its messages without being obvious or heavy-hand. The story is…

Tragedy Girls | Movie Review

There’s been a recent spate of mainstream horror movies built around modern social media platforms. Most are fun, but fall into the “one and done” watch category. They’re usually not very unique once the blood starts flying and most are accidentally amusing because of the huge holes in the storyline, work too hard to prove…

Thank You For Your Service | Movie Review

 Quick Take: Thank You For Your Service is a stark look at the reality of separating from active military service and the frequently ignored struggles soldiers face. Returning home after time in a combat zone or a state of combat readiness has inherent obstacles that are rarely discussed publicly. Upon mustering out of the armed forces, whether…

Marshall | Movie Review

If you ask a white person who is Thurgood Marshall some will reply: the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice or the lawyer who won Brown v the Board of Education. That’s if they even recognize the name. If you ask a black or brown person who is Thurgood Marshall in addition to the answers above…

Uncharted Regions: Needs To Be On Your Radar | #HIFFSD 2017

Uncharted Regions is an audio drama series produced by Swords & Circuitry Studios. The series’ executive producers, Neal and Jana Hallford, promise, “thirteen classic audio dramas that take you into the realms of Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Mystery.” The world premiere of the first episode, Someday, Over You, as the opening act of the San Diego Creators block…

Te Ata | Movie Review

The recognizable mainstream imagery associated with indigenous peoples is frequently disrespectful or hollow; if they’re represented at all. Lampooning the rituals, and culture is such deeply ingrained part of American culture, people don’t register that the constant appropriation is the legacy of deliberate attempts to stifle and suffocate an entire nation of people unto death. Te Ata is…

Rebel in the Rye | Movie Review

Most high schoolers (or maybe college these days) learn two things about J.D. Salinger. First, the main character from his first novel, Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield connected to a generation of disaffected youth giving them a jaded but truthful voice for their woes and second, J. D. Salinger was notoriously reclusive until the…

Mother! | Movie Review

Mother! beings with a stream of images: a jewel being placed in a metal holder, a reverse metamorphosis of damaged house into a bright, sprawling country estate, a demure Jennifer Lawrence rising from her bed. Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence (in a role that’s a far cry from her recent Hollywood offerings) star as a married…

“Leap!” | Movie Review

  Leap! is coming of age story with its head in the clouds but it’s feet planted firmly on the ground. It boast a cast of voice-over veterans and newcomers who brought this cast of characters vibrantly to life and a story that takes more than one trope, shakes it up with more than bit of realism.…