Category Archives: Film

In “Black Panther,” American Dreams and American Nightmares Clash

Marvel’s lavish, Africa-set superhero adventure opens on the streets of Oakland in 1992. Black Bay Area youth shoot basketballs into makeshift scrap-hoops. Above them, N’Jobu (Sterling K. Brown) code-switches between American and African inflection as Wakandan royalty comes knocking to … Continue reading

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Metrograph Celebrates the Inventive Truth-Telling of St. Clair Bourne

This long President’s Day weekend, Metrograph commemorates what would have been the 75th birthday of the Harlem-born documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (1943–2007) with a must-see four-day program. Highlighting crucial pieces from across the auteur’s career, the series also includes … Continue reading

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New York Plays Itself: Touring the City’s Celluloid History

If you squint hard enough at the Museum of Arts and Design, you can almost make out the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man lumbering up Broadway, across Columbus Circle, toward Central Park West. At least, that’s how it felt on the … Continue reading

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