An ‘album movie’ that snarks about Our/Sour America.
Verve’s excellent Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series just re-released an impeccable and gorgeous-sounding new pressing of this LP.
The screen version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights offers a thin story but plenty of good cheer.
Miranda’s cultural misappropriation in In the Heights belongs to a mainstream culture that seeks a Latino figure who is acceptable because he is nonthreatening.
Though he often pays lip service to left-wing politics, Lin-Manuel Miranda can’t help himself — he believes in the promise of America.