Blindspotting ★★★★

Brilliant stuff. A high-wire act that balances deadly-serious drama and warm, snappy comedy. Reminiscent of early Spike Lee, in the best possible way. Can something be utterly enervating and a boundless pleasure at the same time? Apparently so.

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is wilder, funnier, and more daring, but this one strikes me as 2018’s more broadly successful “Oakland-set film about race and lots of other stuff,” at least in terms of maintaining consistent mood, message, and momentum.

Daveed Diggs' climactic monologue-rap is something to behold, but it's going to be divisive. You'll either roll your eyes and scoff, or you'll be so mesmerized you won't be able to breathe.