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14 Current Films To Watch For Black History Month

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The theme for 2021's Black History Month is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” When it comes to film and television, there have been strides with 2020 being a great year for movies starring black actors, made by black filmmakers. More films were directed and written by Black Americans than ever before, and many of them are in the running this award season. Below are the 14 current films you can stream online.

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Review: 'Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar' Feels Like A Long SNL Skit

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There's a reason why Kristen Wiig's latest film went straight to rental. BARB & STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR is like a live version of a DESPICABLE ME movie or feature length SNL skit. It borders on stupidity but Wiig and her costar/writing partner Annie Mumolo are endearing enough to keep your attention as long as your expectations remain low. It doesn't deliver on the belly laughs we've come to expect from Wiig's comedy but you will get some chuckles. Unfortunately Jamie Dornan feels out of place in this silly comedy. 

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Review: 'Judas and the Black Messiah' is an Eye-Opening History Lesson

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JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH is not only entertaining but educational with a fabulous ensemble and standout performances by Daniel Kaluuya and Dominique Fishback. The film dispels much of the negative perception of the Black Panther party as simply a radical militant group which the FBI categorized as a terrorist organization.

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'WandaVision' Review

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WandaVision arrives to Disney+ January 15 with Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen reprising their roles as Vision and Wanda. It’s nothing like we’ve seen before from the MCU, and it’s a trippy road down memory lane that’s nostalgic but the gag gets old by episode two when no answers are provided.

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'Tenet' Review: Why You Need A Captive Audience To Watch Christopher Nolan's Film

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TENET finally arrives for home release after only screening in limited movie theaters since September. Nolan insisted on the theatrical release to support exhibitors as they experience a massive decline in business because of the pandemic. Many like myself didn't dare attend an enclosed space for over two hours. After finally watching the mind-bending film at home, I realized Nolan is right that this film required a theatrical viewing with a captive audience to follow the convoluted storyline. At home, the constant distractions and need to rewind scenes made it a difficult watch.

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'Nomadland' Review: A Tragic Story of the American Dream

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Chloe Zhao delivers one of the most striking films of 2020 with NOMADLAND starring Frances McDormand in another award-winning turn. NOMADLAND is a devastating look at one woman's life as a nomad living out of her van traveling from seasonal job to another to make ends meet. While McDormand's character is fictional, it's a tragedy told through McDormand's adventure while bringing to light real-life nomad's personal stories.

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'One Night in Miami' Movie Review

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Regina King takes to the director's chair for her second feature film with ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI starring famous figures from the 60s - Muhammad Ali, football player Jim Brown, Malcolm X, and the King of Soul Sam Cooke. With a script from Kemp Powers and based on his stage play, King delivers a powerful and compelling movie that delivers on all fronts including the ongoing conversation about social injustices and the role of the black man.  

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Review: Wonder Woman 1984 - Escapism Meets Reality Check

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Is WONDER WOMAN 1984 a worthy follow-up? Gal Gadot and Chris Pine return in WONDER WOMAN 1984 with Patty Jenkins once again at the helm. Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig join the cast as the villains. The sequel may not have the same impact as the first film but the DC superhero still represents something special. 

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Review: Steven Soderbergh's 'Let Them All Talk' Does Just That

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LET THEM ALL TALK features a phenomenal cast with Meryl Streep, Lucas Hedges, Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen and Gemma Chan starring. Steven Soderbergh's latest flick for HBO MAX is a lot of talk and little action. The characters talk circles around each other with no progression in the story. It's a missed opportunity to see Streep, Wiest and Bergen exude girl power. Instead we get an awkward and tepid relationship that's uncomfortable to watch which might be Soderbergh's intent in his latest experimental project.

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