‘Who Killed Malcolm X?’ is Bloody, Plainly True and streaming on Netflix

By Gregory Crofton Malcolm X’s home was firebombed a week before he was shot to death in Manhattan on Feb. 21, 1965. Metal pellets from a sawed-off shotgun blast pierced his heart and caused his death. The shooting involved five…

Oscar-nominated ‘Honeyland’ is filmmaking by candle light in Northern Macedonia

By Gregory Crofton Expected a cinematic take on a beekeeper’s life, but found an even richer story on honey gathering, the challenge of bad neighbors and the difficulty of living sustainably in a capitalistic world. All told the filmmaking team…

‘Miss Americana’ is a huge hit on Netflix with Taylor Swift fans, but is it any good?

By Gregory Crofton Taylor Swift is brilliant, no doubt. She was that annoying nerd in high school who did everything right, but in her case songwriting and entertaining, not being class president, was the game to play. One of the…

The Sonny Liston story is a gruesome one, and full of American history

By Gregory Crofton In the days of Charles “Sonny” Liston, who won the heavyweight championship in 1962, fights were regularly fixed. The mafia in the United States was powerful then, and Mr. Liston was known to be “mobbed up.” But…

‘Everybody’s Everything’ examines short life of Lil Peep, his infectious emo trap rap and fatal drug use

By Gregory Crofton Lil Peep, a once-a-generation superstar in the making, who had “Exit Life” tattooed across his back, died unexpectedly in late 2017 right as he was gaining a broader recognition in pop music and American culture. His fans,…

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