Taneasha White

Taneasha White is a Black, Queer writer with a love for both words and community. Taneasha is the founding editor of UnSung Literary Magazine, and you can find some of her written work in VeryWell, Prism, Rewire.News, and more.
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Judas and The Black Messiah: How Impactful Work Still Leaves Black Youth Behind

It’s nominated for six Oscars, just earned a BAFTA for star Daniel Kaluuya’s performance, and made history as the first film with an entirely Black team of producers to earn a Best Picture nomination from the Academy. But is the history depicted in Judas and the Black Messiah a completely reliable picture? Directed by Shaka

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When Masculinity Meets Trauma: How Art Mirrors Life in Da 5 Bloods

The prevalent overarching themes of PTSD and harmful masculinity are interwoven very closely in Spike Lee’s latest project, mirroring star Chadwick Boseman’s secret fight with cancer while making the movie.

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Oscar Broadcasts Then and Now: How the Academy Awards Have Changed

The Academy has drawn criticism for changing the format of the Oscars this year, but it’s not the first time they’ve switched things up.

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King Richard

A riveting and thoughtful look at all of the extraordinary members of the Williams family, King Richard is the rare Oscar caliber film that entertains as it inspires, shedding new light on the lives of two of the most iconic athletes of our time and what they and their parents had to overcome.

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No Exit

A slow-paced, unpredictable thriller with a surprise twist, No Exit challenges the viewer as it tests its protagonist to overcome her painful past. The chilling world and intense final act make the movie a must-watch.

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Severance

Severance is unlike any other show on TV right now. It builds slowly, drawing you in with stylish minutiae, but then intensifies, goes deeper, and becomes more paranoia-inducing with each successive episode.

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An Ode to Midge and Susie: The Real Love Story of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Midge’s suitors may be a more obvious focal point of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but the real love story of the show is the one between her and Susie.

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Dive into the Texas Chainsaw Massacre-verse

It’s time to rev up those chainsaws because Leatherface is back, and this time he’s ready to take down some gentrifying hipsters. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film franchise is getting a new entry with the creative title Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a direct sequel to the original 1974 film premiering on Netflix this Friday, Feb. 18.

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The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World is a fluidly told story not about love, but instead about self-awareness, acceptance, and the persistent insecurity that accompanies the pursuit of both.

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Letterkenny

Contrary to typical portrayals of small-town folks, the residents of Letterkenny are quick-witted and fully aware of broader social issues. Though they trade unrelenting insults, the warring factions come together more than once to defend one of their own.

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The Tinder Swindler

The Tinder Swindler starts as a too-good-to-be-true love story and quickly evolves into a revenge thriller, then a cautionary tale. Though this serves as a reminder that one should trust their gut and be on the lookout for red flags, it’s also a story of perseverance.

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Decision to Leave

A romantic Korean noir from legendary director Park Chan-wook, Decision to Leave compels as much for the chemistry between its detective and suspect as for the shocking psychological mystery that unfolds.

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Devotion

A gripping biopic about the Navy’s first Black fighter pilot – Jesse Brown – and the inspiring friendship that transcended racism and the conflicts of the Korean War. Starring Jonathan Majors and Glenn Powell.

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Causeway

After a traumatic brain injury, a US soldier (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts memory loss, PTSD, and her family as she finds an unlikely comrade on her path to recovery.

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Easter Sunday

A broad comedy about the Filipino diasporic experience that’s not heavy-handed or exploitative, Easter Sunday brings respect, dignity, and fun to an underrepresented group. It’s not perfect, but it’s a good start.

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Dead to Me (Season 3)

A form of cinematherapy, Dead to Me’s final season brings a big plot twist, one that can be emotionally provoking as well as a cathartic and entertaining conversation starter.

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Disenchanted

A joyful new Disney musical that pokes fun at its own tropes, Disenchanted brings back an effervescent Amy Adams from Enchanted in this sequel sure to work for all ages over the holidays.

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Fleishman is in Trouble

A tense marriage drama, Fleishman is in Trouble will resonate with its honest, sometimes brutal, sometimes quiet and subtle portrayal of the ways that a connection can break down, and how it’s important – in stories and in real-life – to recognize and acknowledge all sides of a relationship.

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What to Watch (and Avoid) with Friends and Family on Thanksgiving

What to watch – and what to skip – if you’re spending Thanksgiving with kids, teenagers, older generations, or all of them under one roof? Your 2022 Watercooler Guide to holiday movies.

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Banshees of Inisherin

Riotously funny while weighted by tragicomic depth, Banshees of Inisherin is exquisitely crafted with sharp writing and stunning photography that bring a distinct time and place to life. Expect to laugh, gasp and cry before the credits roll.

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