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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.00/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) This is an exciting moment for women all over the world, make no mistake. But the outdated source material hinders Wonder Woman from reaching full-out beast mode.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.25/5 100% Kapoor & Sons - Since 1921 (2016) Kapoor & Sons makes great strides for progressiveness within the context of the Hindi film industry.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.50/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick perfectly captures the Millennial experience, along with all the cultural tensions that come with changing demographics.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.25/5 87% Okja (2017) I didn't enjoy the film, but I am a huge fan of creative risk-taking and inclusive media.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.13/5 100% Loev (2015) LOEV has its heart in the right place but suffers from uneven storytelling.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.00/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Oblivious at best and propaganda at worst, Dunkirk is admittedly a sensory feast but one that leaves me concerned about its palpable nostalgia for an era before women's liberation and civil rights movements.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.67/5 87% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) The Incredible Jessica James actually wields colorblindness in a positive way.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.92/5 97% Columbus (2017) If you give the reins to Kogonada and exert a little effort yourself, Columbus will give you back ten times what you put into it.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.25/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Women and people of color exist at the margins of Homecoming, peeking in but never developing corporeal form.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.00/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) People of color are picked off easily, like a retro horror film where the Black guy gets killed first.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.44/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) What a relief it is to watch a popcorn flick without having to suffer massively offensive depictions of women.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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1.67/5 38% Death Note (2017) This F-grade review has nothing to do with the whitewashing in Death Note and everything to do with being a walking disaster of a film.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.33/5 47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Saban's Power Rangers exudes a deep understanding that inclusion is more than just a checklist.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.00/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Women are aggressively objectified for the male gaze, while people of color are simply erased.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.75/5 65% The Foreigner (2017) Enjoyable enough, but The Foreigner carries a distinctly Beijing sheen at the expense of Vietnamese erasure.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.25/5 66% Wonderstruck (2017) The two leads of Wonderstruck are both deaf, one of whom is portrayed wonderfully by deaf talent Millicent Simmonds.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.75/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok fails the Bechdel test, which should be a low bar to clear in a film with two female leads.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.83/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) While critics peg The Darkest Minds at a depressing 17%, its audience score of 74% tells a different story.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.83/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) This film champions women, displaying the full range of complicated emotions, untold strengths, and everyday triumphs that are often afforded only men in feature films.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.83/5 91% Girls Trip (2017) Watch this movie if you haven't. It's a goddamned national treasure.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.00/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) When an 83-year old novel is more feminist than its modern film adaptation, you know there's something wrong.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.42/5 84% Wonder (2017) Wonder makes overt strides to cast with the kind of diversity warranted for a story set in modern-day New York City, but all leading roles remain white.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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1.75/5 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Women speak for less than 4 minutes in a film that runs 2 hours and 6 minutes long.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.08/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) In Three Billboards, Black and Hispanic characters come to the rescue of White protagonists yet enjoy no character development of their own.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.67/5 45% Rough Night (2017) In its swingiest of hits and misses, Rough Night displays a fantastic same-sex relationship in the same breath as it makes fun of fat people.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.25/5 97% Coco (2017) Coco may very well be my favorite Pixar film to date. But how does it not pass the Bechdel Test??‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.42/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled provides a wonderful shift in perspective from its male-driven source material, but its blatant whitewashing is hard to overlook.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.25/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) While Victoria & Abdul does tell the story of an inspiring friendship, it comes wrapped in an odious package of colonialist sentimentality.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.50/5 97% Mudbound (2017) Mudbound stands as a marker of what a modern slave narrative should look like. But how many more films centered on Black pain do we really need?‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.17/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) I was surprised by the regressive fat shaming in I, Tonya.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.50/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) To paraphrase Yoda, longtime fans have to "unlearn what they have learned." And that's a good thing.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.33/5 40% Justice League (2017) It's alarming that millions of people are watching-and internalizing-this display of toxic masculinity.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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1.92/5 83% Detroit (2017) How many more times do we need to glorify black pain? And to what end?‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.25/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game takes away Sorkin's biggest Achilles' Heel-writing complex female characters-by basing his story off a woman's autobiography.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.42/5 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me By Your Name has been marketed as a gay romance, yet less overt is its inclusion of Jewish culture.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.75/5 91% The Shape of Water (2017) Having a nonverbal lead seems great on paper, but casting a non-disabled actor-and using the wrong sign language-makes its message about inclusiveness difficult to believe.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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1.92/5 85% It (2017) The glib affirmation of rape culture provides more underlying horror than viewers may bargain for.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.50/5 28% Proud Mary (2018) Even while the rest of the film collapses around Taraji P. Henson like a poorly made soufflé, she gamely holds up her end of the bargain.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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1.50/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) I'm not saying we shouldn't make films about Winston Churchill, or historical figures like him. But we shouldn't be fawning over them uncritically, or canonizing actors like Gary Oldman in their making.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.67/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Condon's Beauty and the Beast delivers a strong female lead, but fails to break out of its nostalgic trappings.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.50/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Disability needs to stop being used as lazy way to make a character more "exotic".‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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2.08/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Dead Men Tell No Tales lazily defaults to a male gaze. No two women ever exchange words, and the only other woman besides Carina is an adulteress who sleeps with Jack Sparrow.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.25/5 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Alien: Covenant shows how the hiring of LGBTQ talent into major creative roles can spur interesting perspectives.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.25/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes does a fantastic job of rebuking toxic masculinity and centering nonverbal communication, but it forgets to lift up women or people of color in its ambitious goals.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.00/5 68% Life (2017) The portrayal of women and people of color doesn't outright offend, but their renderings are as watery as the rest of this cinematic oatmeal.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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4.92/5 97% Black Panther (2018) As a rare leading man who isn't defined by toxic masculinity, T'Challa is surrounded by strong women whose feminine power fortifies, rather than antagonizes, his own masculinity.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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1.92/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) If you're at all squeamish about the casual violation of women, both onscreen or narratively, then skip this film.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.25/5 88% The Post (2018) The Post bills itself as a feminist movie, but it's portrayal of female empowerment is remarkably dated.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.83/5 88% Annihilation (2018) Seeing five women dominate the screen initially felt like a victory.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
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3.33/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) By its premise, I thought Phantom Thread was going to be yet another movie that heaps praise upon tortured genius, nevermind the costs that women have to bear. I was so relieved to be proven wrong.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018