Two takes on interracial romance

This week’s new movie releases include Get Out and A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom: A man, a woman, and a  slew of sociopolitical factors
  • A United Kingdom: A man, a woman, and a slew of sociopolitical factors

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United Kingdom 4.0

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In A United Kingdom, a black man falls in love with a white woman, and their romance is tested by all sorts of opposing forces. In Get Out, a black man falls in love with a white woman, and...well, it’s a horror movie. It’s also well built, well acted, and well written, as is Kingdom.

Goodness, remember when movies mattered more than TV in Ye Olde National Conversation? It’s a pity neither of these is in the running for this, the year of #OscarNotSoWhite.

Speaking of women and minorities and horror, women are definitely a minority when it comes to directing, which may explain some of the impetus behind the horror anthology XX. Fellow critic Scott Marks approved of a little over half of the result: two of the four chapters plus the creative interstitials.

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Get Out 3.0

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What else? Oh, yes, fellow Cortland High Class of ’91 alum Sam Tripoli is one of the best bits of the stand-up comedian documentary Dying Laughing, in part because he actually tells a detailed, lively anecdote about dealing with a heckler. (I’ve got a similar yarn from a Patton Oswalt visit to San Diego that would make a fine stand-up routine of its own. Something to work on for my future days as a starving ex-critic.)

And the romantic silliness of You’re Killing Me Susana was easy to watch, if nothing else.

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