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  • A United Kingdom

    A United Kingdom

    ★★★

  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour

    ★★★

    This has been in my Amazon Prime viewing queue for a long time, and I never thought I'd get to it. It has been hovering in that "near the top of the list" region where movies go to die, never quite appealing to me enough to out-shout more urgent-looking films.

    But today I spent three hours organizing and filing huge stacks of papers from the last ten years of writing. I filed (and recycled) early drafts of the novels I've…

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  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★★½

    Thank God Almighty.

    Director Ava Duvernay had a monumental task before her, making a high-profile motion picture focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a cast of famous names. What’s more, the closer the film has come to release, the more the headlines have shown us just how much we need a Great Film about Dr. King’s vision.

    Even great directors would probably have disappointed us. Think of Spielberg’s Lincoln: Hey, I loved it, but I acknowledge that it…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★

    Impressively meditative? Yes. Acted with subtlety and tenderness? Yes. Remarkably restrained in dialogue and action? Yes. Interesting?

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    ...

    Well, not for this particular moviegoer. It has nothing to do with the subject matter or context, both of which drew me eagerly to this film. As with The Fits earlier this year, I wanted to see a film that would bring to life communities and contexts that go sorely neglected on the big screen.

    And Moonlight does that. But I…