Education ★★★½

Gives “Lovers Rock” competition for the best of the “Small Axe” series, or at the least the one that succeeds most at squarely wrestling with topicality. At just over an hour in run time, and with more than three minutes of that devoted to a pretty horrific cover version of “House of the Rising Sun,” it almost seems like McQueen doesn’t have that much to say here. But it’s just  enough time for his camera to focus past the eyes of the principal players and deep into their lived experiences, and it makes their emotional truths feel real and tangible. As the cap end of the series, it does its job of wrapping up the series very nicely, too. The run of five films had its ups and downs, but this one makes it all feel worthwhile.

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