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‘Alex Wheatle’ Is the Fourth Film in Steve McQueen’s Exceptional ‘Small Axe’ Series

‘Alex Wheatle’ Is the Fourth Film in Steve McQueen’s Exceptional ‘Small Axe’ Series

The title of fourth of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films, Alex Wheatle, practically begs of an addendum: It could just as well start with The Miseducation Of. Or, rather, reeducation. The Alex Wheatle that we meet up top, played by Sheyi Cole, is a man who at one point knew almost nothing. He doesn’t know how to take care of his hair. He doesn’t know about Babylon — which is to say, a Britain whose prime quality is its imperial evil. He doesn’t know about cops and why to avoid them,

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