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Review: Horror comedy ‘Bad Hair’ adds layers to race-based workplace discrimination tale

Whip-smart cultural criticism delivered in an appealing package is what writer-director Justin Simien does best, as he demonstrated in his first feature film, “Dear White People,” and the spinoff Netflix series of the same name. His second feature, “Bad Hair,” is winking social commentary as high-concept horror comedy, holding both a mirror to society, and offering an escape valve. Genre films have always served an important function as a place to traffic in topics that would otherwise be taboo, and Simien uses the chance to take aim at the white European beauty standards that dominate Western ideology.

Water Cooler: Contemporary horror films on Kanopy

Horror and thriller films have had a strong resurgence in the last few years, especially within the independent film scene. Check out some of the newest additions to these genres on Kanopy, free to stream with a local library card.

Stream on Demand: Movies, shows put politics front and center

Courtroom drama meets political theater in “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (2020, not rated), Aaron Sorkin’s dramatization of the real-life trial of protest leaders at the 1968 Democratic National Convention charged with “conspiracy.” Sorkin takes on issues of free speech, protest and suppression.

‘Dune’ ditches 2020, while AMC commits to staying open

The 2020 theatrical release calendar is getting even slimmer in the wake of the announcement that Regal cinemas are temporarily closing, although AMC, North America's largest theater chain, says it will remain open.

Around the Remote: Ethan Hawke takes on role of legendary abolitionist John Brown

“The Good Lord Bird” – Ethan Hawke shines in this rollicking seven-part limited series based on James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award winner. Hawke plays legendary abolitionist John Brown in a story told, with humor and imagination from the point-of-view of a fictional, cross-dressing slave boy nicknamed “Onion”.

Stream on Demand: ‘The Boys in the Band’ moves from stage to screen

Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer star in "The Boys in the Band" (2020, R), a new revival of the groundbreaking 1968 play about the lives of gay friends in the era before Stonewall, AIDS and acceptance. Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, brings it to the screen with his stage ensemble.