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Movie review: Kathryn Bigelow confronts horrific chapter of US history in searing 'Detroit'

Near the beginning and the end of "Detroit," Kathryn Bigelow's tense, excruciating and entirely necessary new film, a young Motown performer named Larry Reed (beautifully played by Algee Smith) raises his head and croons to the heavens with heart-swelling abandon. First he sings of love on an enormous stage; later he sings of peace in a small church. Both times his voice lifts you to the rafters, offering a rare intimation of grace in a movie of overwhelming human ugliness, set in a world where love and peace can feel as distant as justice.

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Movie review: 'Brigsby Bear' is charming, affectionate tribute to joys of amateur filmmaking

"Brigsby Bear" opens with well-worn VHS footage from a long-running but curiously little-seen children's show called "Brigsby Bear Adventures," about a talking ursine hero whose magical quests yield tidy if not always intuitive moral lessons (i.e. "Curiosity is an unnatural emotion!"). With its low-grade videography and special effects that could charitably be described as rudimentary, the show appears to have begun production in the 1980s, only to have somehow avoided either cancellation or a technological upgrade over the course of a staggering 25 seasons.

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Movie review: 'Emoji Movie' could not be more meh

"Words aren't cool," is the courtship advice imparted by one texting teen to another in "The Emoji Movie." That statement is the canary in the coal mine that "Cyrano de Bergerac" this movie is most decidedly not. Will Alex (Jake T. Austin) choose the right emoji to express his ardor for Addie (Tati Gabrielle)? Or will "meh" emoji Gene (T.J. Miller) mess it all up for him? Perhaps we should just throw our smart phones into the sea and let the waves take us now.

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Capsule reviews of feature films

BEATRIZ AT DINNER. 3 stars. A Mexican-American nurse ends up at a dinner among wealthy California swells (John Lithgow, Connie Britton) causing friction-filled conversation that crosses lines of class and culture. From director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White. 1 hr. 23 R (adult themes, language, class warfare) – Gary Thompson

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