movie-review

The Impossible Perfection (and Utterly Problematic Nature) of Shaft

Last week, MEL contributing writer Zaron Burnett III convened what he described as “a multigenerational roundtable of black men” to discuss the legacy of Shaft,…

‘Men in Black: International’ and the Zombie Franchises That Won’t Die

It used to be, movies were star-driven. If you liked John Wayne or Steve McQueen, you’d check out whatever film they were in. But with…

How ‘Dark Phoenix’ Fails Its Female Cast — and Audience

Trusting soul that I am, I tend to believe that filmmakers have honorable intentions when trying to give their movies a more feminist worldview. In…

If You Don’t Like ‘Rocketman,’ You Don’t Like Elton John. Oh No, It Me?

Rocketman is a love letter to Elton John, which shouldn’t be a surprise since the Grammy-winning artist is one of the biopic’s executive producers. But…