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  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★★★

    Something of a “shift film” (apologies to Park Lanes): it begins with an opening credit sequence laid over shots of Texas highways (a commute), then charts the workday at an independently operated faux-Hooters restaurant from open until close (followed by a coda). That opening preps you for the graceful whiplashes of Bujalski’s cinema—the titles play over upbeat country pop until the film smash-cuts to a person in a parking lot crying helplessly in their car. That is Lisa (Regina Hall),…

  • Crime + Punishment

    Crime + Punishment

    ★★★½

    Crime + Punishment represents a subgenre not often seen within cinema: the nonfiction crime epic. And it’s a nonfiction crime epic set in New York City, so while it may be a rarity, it still belongs to a specific cinematic lineage. It claims that lineage when it frames members and supporters of the “NYPD12”—police officers bringing a lawsuit against the state of New York based on their claims that an outlawed quota system for arrests and summonses remains in place…

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  • The Keep

    The Keep

    ★★★★

    On 35mm, at the Coolidge. Apparently Paramount, decades ago, told them to junk the print. No one did because it had "Keep" written on the front frames.

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq

    ★★★★

    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.