The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1
"Dave Chappelle's back, so it's time to cross all fingers and appendages for the return of fellow absurdist Katt Williams. In recent years, the pint-sized comedian's troubles with the law have become alarming, but I miss him nonetheless. If there's anyone from whose sick and twisted mind I'd want to hear Donald Trump jokes, it's his. In the meantime, revisit The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1, his stand-up hour from 2006, for incisive commentary on race, sex, and the political process, next-level slapstick, and that infamous perm." —Rawiya Kameir
He Got Game
"Growing up in a household of diehard UCONN fans, I first saw He Got Game when I was waaay too young. Spike Lee’s late-’90s basketball drama, starring one-time Husky Ray Allen as a college-bound athlete named Jesus, is hinged on heavy themes and more than one explicit sex scene. The movie stuck with me for years, and not just because I held onto the subversive thrill of watching it as an eight-year-old; Denzel Washington shines as Jesus’s parolee dad, and Lee’s visual storytelling is predictably sharp. It’s a “family movie” in the grittiest sense, and a solid choice for a Thanksgiving-break flick. No eight-year-olds allowed." —Patrick D. McDermott
"The most iconic summer camp movie of the '90s (and maybe of all time?) is what you need to get you through any problems you may face this winter. It's a movie about friendship, food, and ridiculous hijinks and there's no reason to be embarrassed about loving every minute of it. Embrace silliness and you will have a good time." —Myles Tanzer
"T-Rex is a compelling documentary that tells the triumphant story of two-time Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist, Claressa Shields. The film follows Shields as she relentlessly knockouts adversity and kick ass during her tumultuous journey to her first Olympic boxing match in 2012. You'll get fired up by Shield's tenacity, and it's also very possible that you'll find yourself in tears while witnessing her victorious testimony. It's beautiful story that inspires you to never give up and be fearless." —Lakin Starling
"In 1985, Will Allen chronicled his time in a Los Angeles based religious cult, The Buddahist. Allen focuses on the cult leader, The Teacher, and while filming, an explosive scandal that exposes The Teacher's corruption begins to unravel on camera. In present day, Allen reaches back to some of his ex-fellow cult members and they return to the documentary to reflect on their strange experiences in the cult."
"This underwatched, critically lauded ABC drama (no, not the O.J. show) got a surge of publicity early this year when André 3000 joined the cast for its second season. But since the show debuted, series creator John Ridley (the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave) has conducted a compelling and timely program. The acting and writing is some of the best in all of television, and the social issues used for source material, like drug addiction, institutional bigotry, and sexual assault, are all tapped unflinchingly and with empathy. It's far from an easy watch, and impossible to forget." —Jordan Darville