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Best-Reviewed Spanish-Language Movie 2018

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Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical drama set in Mexico City has been at or near the top of a lot of “Best of 2018” lists, so it’s no surprise that it also reigns supreme over all of the terrific Spanish-language films we got this year. This new category was created to reflect the incredible number and quality of Spanish-language films being released in U.S. theaters.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.

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Adjusted Score: 112.869%

Critics Consensus: Roma finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft – and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.

Synopsis: The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y… [More]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies; Supreme Court Justice Was 87

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a veteran of the Supreme Court and an icon to many in the Democratic party, died on Thursday night due to complications from pancreatic cancer.


She was 87 years old.


The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg passed away at her home in Washington, surrounded by family members and loved ones.


“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.


“We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.


“Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”

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Ginsburg was the second woman ever elected to the highest court in the land and she served 27 years as one of nine justices.


Her health, however, has been a constant source of concern and speculation for awhile now, however.


She was treated with chemotherapy in 2020 for a recurrence of pancreatic cancer — first treated in 2009 — that spread to her liver, and had four prior cancer diagnoses.


In 1999, she had surgery for colorectal cancer.

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Aware that she didn’t have very long, and also aware of the intense political battle ahead to possibly fill her vacant with fewer than two months until Presidential Election Day, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera:


“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”


Most political observers, however, expect Senator Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump to move quickly in order fill this vacant seat with a Conservative.


Democrats, citing the proximity of Election Day, will do everything they can to prevent this from happening.

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Former President George W. Bush, meanwhile, has released the following statement:


“Laura and I join our fellow Americans in mourning the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


“She dedicated many of her 87 remarkable years to the pursuit of justice and equality, and she inspired more than one generation of women and girls.”

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A prominent legal crusader, Ginsberg led the fight in the courts for gender equality and social justice.


Diminutive in stature, but outspoken, brave and brilliant, Ginsgerg turned into something of a rock star later in life.


She was the subject of a popular documentary, a biopic, an operetta, merchandise galore featuring her “Notorious RBG” moniker, a Time magazine cover, and regular Saturday Night Live sketches.


“I am 84 years old and everyone wants to take a picture with me,” she said in the aformentioned 2018 documentary.

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That same year, Hollywood made a film of her life story, On the Basis Of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as Ginsburg and Armie Hammer as her husband, Martin Ginsburg.


During a 2018 talk at Columbia University’s Law School, Ginsburg spoke of what she loved most in life.


“The tremendous luck I have had, I am a very lucky woman, starting with my dear spouse and my family, two children of whom I am very proud,” she said.


“I love beautiful music, I love the work I do. I think I have the best job in the world for a lawyer.”

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Ginsburg is survived by her daughter, Jane, and her son, James.


Her husband of 56 years, Martin, died in 2010.


May Ruth Bader Ginsburg rest in peace.

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Stream Armani Caesar’s Hard-As-Hell Griselda Debut The Liz

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The Buffalo rap label and crew Griselda Records has been on an absolute tear lately, carving out a mainstream-adjacent space for raw and guttural ’90s-style neck-jerk music. Griselda has also gone into overdrive on releasing new music. Last month, new Griselda recruit Boldy James released The Versace Tape, his first effort for the label. Last month, Griselda staple Conway The Machine dropped his album From King To A GOD. Today, the Buffalo rapper Armani Caesar, another new Griselda recruit, has come out with her own debut for the label.

On her album The Liz, Caesar immediately establishes herself as someone who belongs on Griselda. She raps in a tough, vaguely disgusted screwface snarl, and she cuts right through the elbows-out boom-bap production. The Liz sounds very much like a Griselda album — verses from Westside Gunn and Conway and Benny The Butcher, samples from old wrestling promos and crime movies, guttural street-life raps over classicist production, a half-hour runtime. But it also works as a real star showcase for Caesar, whose personality absolutely shines.

Caesar was planning on releasing The Liz last month, but she delayed it after the death of her longtime collaborator DJ Shay. The album is now dedicated to Shay, and it promises great things for the future. Below, stream The Liz and watch Caesar’s video for the DJ Premier-produced Benny The Butcher collab “Simply Done.”

The Liz is out now on Griselda Records.

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Darcey And Stacey’s Father Convinces Them To Cancel LA Trip Amid Start Of COVID-19 Outbreak

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“Something came up,” Mike says to Darcey and Stacey. “Right now, the coronavirus is affecting the U.S. LA is done, it’s finished. This virus is, it’s dangerous. So I think you should cancel the trip.”

Mike then explained how certain areas could turn into COVID-19 hotspots such as their state and California.

“You’ve got the situation in California, like Connecticut, like New York, going into a hot zone. I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do for the company or more importantly for you personally. And in your case, your daughters.”

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