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      The Root

      The Root is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lawrence Ware, Ronda Racha Penrice, Shanelle Genai, Stephanie Holland, Tonja Renée Stidhum.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      Killers of the Flower Moon (2023) Lawrence Ware “Killers of the Flower Moon” is not a great film, but it is an important one.
      Posted Oct 27, 2023
      Queen & Slim (2019) Lawrence Ware Queen & Slim Should Have Been a Great Movie
      Posted Oct 13, 2023
      The League (2023) Lawrence Ware Jackie Robinson may have integrated Major League Baseball over 70 years ago, but this film shows that it was, and continues to be, a white man’s sport.
      Posted Oct 13, 2023
      He Got Game (1998) Lawrence Ware “He Got Game” shows that being young, gifted and Black in America is not easy. In fact, if you’re not careful, it can destroy you.
      Posted Oct 13, 2023
      A Jazzman's Blues (2022) Shanelle Genai That’s not to say that I wasn’t still hesitant or had certain reservations going in. But it is to say that even for someone as annoyingly predictable as Perry, it’s still always possible to be surprised.
      Posted Oct 13, 2023
      The Little Mermaid (2023) Shanelle Genai It can go without saying but Halle Bailey as Ariel is the most perfect casting for a live-action remake Disney has ever done. The way she was able to capture Ariel’s child-like inquisitiveness, stubbornness & yearning is something that should be studied.
      Posted Oct 13, 2023
      They Cloned Tyrone (2023) Shanelle Genai It’s really the subplots that should get your brain turning. Chief among them is the film’s exploration of some Black folks’ adherence to conspiracy theories, no matter how outlandish.
      Posted Oct 13, 2023
      Chevalier (2022) Shanelle Genai What stands to be Bologne’s tragic flaw for most of the film is the belief that his accomplishments, accolades, and celebrity-like status in society are enough to overpower the systemic racism that surrounds him.
      Posted Aug 30, 2023
      Do the Right Thing (1989) Lawrence Ware Spike Lee's third film, Do The Right Thing, turns 30 years old on Sunday, July 21, but its message is so fresh that it could have been made today.
      Posted Jul 22, 2019
      Rosewood (1997) Lawrence Ware America has not truly dealt with the race massacres that happened far too often early in the 20th century, and this filmmaker, aware of that, did his part to raise awareness.
      Posted Jul 16, 2019
      Sleight (2016) Lawrence Ware This is not a perfect film, but I don't expect that from a superhero film. I want solid characters, convincing acting and solid action. The fact that this film gives all of that while being centered in the black experience makes it a must-see.
      Posted Jan 09, 2019
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