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A noble, heartfelt, and eye-opening look at the American city, matching the scope of Frederick Wiseman's recent scoping of a similarly fractious Boston in "City Hall," but giving it more of a human pulse.
Exploring racial and cultural contradictions that often lurk just below the surface, James's camera seems to parse the dissonance and cacophony of city noise to locate each individual voice for a brief moment.
So many stories. Class, race, geography. So many desires, hope, fear, rivalries, love, so many aspirants, so many bull----ers; so much bloodsport in politics and real estate and faith, too: in community and the possibility of change.