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Ford v Ferrari
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Joker
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American Factory
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Equal pay for equal work?
  
In my younger days, I worked in a union factory in Chicago. Thanks to the efforts of our local, we made exactly 15 cents more per hour than the prevailing minimum wage. Meanwhile, those in Detroit factories doing the same assembly or custodial work, earned more than four times that wage. With youthful insolence I recall complaining to our steward, “It’s not fair that they make so much more than we do, after all, we’re just as unskilled as they are.”
  
We didn’t know it, but we were on the cusp of foreign competition and it wouldn’t be long before factory owners across the world began asking the same question and relocating where the labor pool was larger and consequently, wages lower.
  
While I don’t know anyone who likes this (then again, I don’t know any factory owners), it’s hard not to notice the popularity of the Dollar Stores which are made possible only by cheap efficient manufacturing.
  
Thus American Factory, probably the best documentary of the year, speaks to me. It follows the efforts of a Chinese billionaire reopening a shuttered Dayton, Ohio glass plant and hiring furloughed GM workers at a fraction of their former salary — though in-line with the global wage.
  
The revelatory tale of how a large part of the world to which we’re oblivious works and how they perceive American laborers (expensive, coddled, and inefficient) is enough to make you xenophobic and nostalgic for protectionism.
  
My old employer, Turtle Wax, has long-since off-shored production as have many other manufacturers driven by both consumers’ appetite for inexpensive products and the need to profit which is precisely Cao Dewang’s objective for his American Factory.
  
What’s especially unsettling here is the absence of any hope for the future of wages: the film closes in relative silence as we watch legions of robotic arms perform the same glass windshield examination that only an hour earlier we saw low-paid workers carry out.









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Where’s My Roy Cohn
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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
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Jazz is one of the few genres that never really resonated with me. Oh, I’ll skee-boppidy-bop-bop along with some of the more upbeat tracks in the elevator but it always struck me as a style more fun to play than to listen too. Which means, consequently, many of the field’s virtuosos fall outside the periphery of my radar.
  
So it is the mark of a great documentarian like director Stanley Nelson (American Experience) whose Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, makes interesting and demonstrably relevant Davis’ life and impressionistic music to rubes like moi.
  
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Bennett’s War
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Let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of major releases set against a motocross backdrop so when one comes by you’re kind of compelled to check it out, right? That’s what put me in the seat of Bennett’s War, anyway.
  
That and because I am a sucker for schmaltzy inspirational stories after which you walk back to your car (or Lime scooter) thinking, “OK, maybe life isn’t so bad. Maybe we can overcome challenges and have a positive impact on those around us without dropping a ton of F-bombs, megatons of real bombs, or going 120 MPH while defying the laws of physics.
  
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Angel Has Fallen
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Sequels typically recycle what works, so let me do the same with this review. Back in 2013, I channeled Dr. Evil saying, “Olympus Has Fallen is an action film of the highest caliber. By caliber of course, I refer to both the size of their gun barrels and the high quality of their characters. Two meanings. Caliber. It’s a homonym.”
  
Here in Angel Has Fallen, the third installment of Agent Mike Banning’s tenure with the Secret Service, the action is just as intense.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette
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How well you enjoy Where’d You Go, Bernadette, depends on whether or not you’re familiar with Maria Semple’s popular 2012 novel of the same name. Those better read than I have panned Boyhood director Richard Linklater’s adaptation for betraying the revered source material by switching its voice from a teen trying to piece together and understand her mother’s disappearance though the discovery of nuggets of her past to a dour linear telling of the already descended titular character from just before her flight through to her deliverance.
  
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The Kitchen

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Hell’s Kitchen hath no fury like a woman owed protection money. And with their loser husbands locked-up, Irish mob wives Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale), and Tiffany Haddish are left with little choice but to step up and wrest control of the legendary NYC neighborhood from a fractured organization that’s gotten sloppy.
  
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