MARCH 30TH - APRIL 1ST | What's coming to theaters this weekend?
Take a break from Easter egg hunts and Passover seders to take a trip to your local cinema.
In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about having your pants scared off? Maybe you just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have you covered. Take a peek at our top picks for this week…
God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness | Just in time for the religious holiday season, Reverend Dave Hill is put in a troubled position when his church burns down in a fire and the neighboring university looks to throw the group off-campus instead of rebuilding it. The community and the church are at odds when they disagree on how to move forward with the process. Legal battles quickly come up. Reverend Dave must reach out to his estranged brother, an atheist, to help him with the case. It will bring up the question of who believes, who does not, and the power of choice.David A.R. White, John Corbett, Shane Harper, and more!
All I Wish | The question of what to do on your birthday can sometimes be a challenging one. For Senna, it's also another reminder of how she is getting older and still doesn't have a steady relationship (something her mother reminds her of frequently). Then, she meets a man who might just change her mind on the whole 'not needing to get married' business. He's nice. He's funny. And she suddenly thinks she might want more. No, there is nothing more complicated about it than that, so don't expect there to be. But do be prepared for seeing the age-defying Sharon Stone in a bikini!
The Last Movie Star | It's nice to get an award, especially when you hear that other legendary actors have also been awarded the same title. However, no other actors were stupid enough to fall for the invitation to come to the teeny tiny Nashville, Tennessee film awards. One actor makes that mistake when he is honored late in his career and then begins a strange journey back through time. He meets the film buffs who are obsessed with his work and tries to revisit those he's met from his past. In this odd and heart-warming tale, see what it means to have a so-so second act and to bring it back with a killer finale.
Finding Your Feet | It's apparently never too late for a little romance, as we found out this week at the movies. When Sandra realizes that her beloved husband has been having a long-standing affair with her best friend, she runs off and takes refuge with her wild, eccentric sister, Bif. Though the two couldn't possibly be any more different, they lean on one another for support as they work to restore their relationship, their faith in love, and their dancing skills in a community class Bif signs up for. Love, lust, and an inability to fear the possibility of getting old make this a delightful treat.
And our ⭐️ TOP PICK ⭐️ ...
Tyler Perry's Acrimony | Oh, how complicated matters of the heart can be... and dark, too. In this film, we have a wife who thought she had it all in her husband. However, it quickly becomes clear to her that there must be something he is hiding. The question is who and what. One woman will go as far as it takes to figure out why her husband has decided to deceive her, and how she is going to get back at him for it. Complex, thrilling, and as dangerous as all romantic affairs, you will be nervous until the end as this couple unravels in a dramatic fashion.
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Plus celebrities react to Nigerian protests.
Young people across Nigeria have been pouring into the streets for the last two weeks to protest police brutality, specifically the controversial special police force known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Tension came to a head on Tuesday when armed forces fired on protestors in Lagos, the biggest city in Nigeria, who were out past the state-mandated curfew. According to AP News, "Police also fired tear gas at one point, and smoke could be seen billowing from several areas in the city's center. Two private TV stations were forced off the air at least temporarily as their offices were burned."
Not all non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
October 21, 2020 marks the third annual International Pronouns Day.
Created by an independent board and first observed in 2018, it's one of those small commemorative holidays that trends on Twitter in hopes of drawing attention to a pressing social issue, like International Women's Day (March 8th) or the ever so serious National Taco Day (October 4).
But Pronouns Day in particular "seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace." The organization's website further describes, "Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people's multiple, intersecting identities."
But in the words of nonbinary activist and Trevor Project's Head of Advocacy and Government Afairs, Sam Brenton, "Pronouns are hard." Never before have pronouns been scrutinized as closely as they are in 2019 for their power to (in)validate or accurately describe something as fluid as gender identity. In fact, it was only this year that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary expanded the definition of "they" "to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary" (thus codifying a long history in English language of using "they" to refer to a singular non-gendered entity).
‘Everyone has the responsibility to be respectful.’ — The @TrevorProject’s Sam Brinton is explaining why pronouns a… https://t.co/pMMO8KRvBR— NowThis (@NowThis)1571253180.0
But throwing an additional wrench in the works is the fact that not all non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
Take me, for instance: Despite having female biology, I couldn't pass a lie detector test saying I'm a "woman." But my pragmatic, Puritan family is still endearingly confused by the idea of "liberal arts," let alone the notion of gender fluidity. And I'd rather share a communal language with them than do the emotional and mental labor of re-orienting their worldview for them. Plus, I have the privilege of passing as female without feeling too, too, terribly dysphoric (which non-binary people can definitely suffer from, despite not identifying as trans).
But enough about me, look at Queer Eye's beloved Jonathan Van Ness. While he's been outspoken about being genderqueer, gay, and HIV positive, he prefers he/him pronouns. "The older I get, the more I think that I'm nonbinary," Van Ness said. "I'm gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman." As he told Out magazine, he doesn't identify as a man, but he does prefer "he/him/his" pronouns. In his view, those pronouns don't detract from or contradict his non-binary identity, because gender is not about simple binaries between masculine and feminine identifiers. "Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I'm here for it," he said. "I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It's this social construct that I don't really feel like I fit into the way I used to."
On the other hand, last month non-binary singer Sam Smith announced that their preferred pronouns are "they/them." Smith posted to Instagram, "I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out." People like Smith and Trevor Project's Sam Brenton simply feel more validated, seen, heard, and true to themselves with gender-neutral pronouns. Smith wrote, "I'm so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f*ck it!"
Most importantly, as pretty much every non-binary person and activist is aware, changing cultural norms is hard. While LGBTQ+ activism is inspired and passionate and dedicated to expanding human rights to all gender identities, we all know that changing society's entire understanding of gender and pronoun usage is about slowly opening minds. As Smith wrote, "I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you." Happy Pronouns Day to you/him/her/they/(f)aer/zim.