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BlacKkKlansman: Black Lightning, by David Bax

It’s definitely no accident that Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is hitting theaters almost exactly a year after white supremacist supporters of President Donald Trump marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, shouting racist slogans and carrying Nazi and Confederate flags and eventually murdering a counter-protestor. Lee...

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Skate Kitchen: Halfpipe Dreams, by Chase Beck

I love the way Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen begins. We see the main character, Camille, at a skate park. She seems uncomfortable, uncertain, nervous. Although obviously talented, she injures herself performing a difficult trick. With blood pouring down her leg,...

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Home Video Hovel: Enigma Rosso, by David Bax

With its stiff line readings and hilarious, inexplicably timed musical stings, you could say Alberto Negrin’s Enigma Rosso (also known as Rings of Fear, Red Rings of Fear and Virgin Killer, among other names) is awkward. What’s worse, though, is that it’s probably the absolute nicest...

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Nico, 1988: Drama of Exile, by David Bax

With its 4×3 aspect ratio, its video cinematography and its simultaneously colorful and depressingly muted color palette, Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988 deliberately feels at times like some rundown TV newsmagazine profile of the model-turned-singer at the final stages of her career, an end-of-the-hour...