JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH – Review by Martha K Baker

There is nothing pretty about Judas and the Black Messiah. It is, of necessity, a very dark movie, dark in its setting and lighting, and dark in the horrible history of J. Edgar Hoover against Blacks in general and, here, Fred Hampton in particular. Hoover called first for Hampton’s jailing and then for his killing. At 21.

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QUEEN & SLIM -Review by Martha K Baker

Although Melina Matsoukas has previously directed mostly musical videos, she directed Queen & Slim with deep understanding of the words and the characters and the society she was dealing with. Queen & Slim is going to be lost in the melee that is December film openings, but it deserves so much more. It deserves to be found.

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QUEEN & SLIM – Review by Leslie Combemale

Whoever you are, as an audience member Queen & Slim flows through you from the screen like music you’ve rarely heard played out loud. Visceral. Transcendent. Haunting…The film is all these things and more. To call this a ‘black Bonnie and Clyde’ is reductive and doesn’t do justice to the depth of the film.

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QUEEN & SLIM – Review by Sherin Nicole

Queen & Slim is a flower with thorns—petals that open to reveal more and more depth and healing leaves with poison roots. If that sounds a little like poetry then we’re off to the right start. On a first glance Q&S seems to follow Bonnie and Clyde (1967), but it has much more to do with later films. Stories that took the B&C paradigm and flipped it.

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