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a fam­ily death calls her back to the mother­land, and Eilis finds that what she left be­hind wasn’t so bad af­ter all. “Brook­lyn” is an ev­er­green, univer­sal story. It cap­tures the strug­gles and heartache of any im­mi­grant liv­ing in and learn­ing a new coun­try, and it also rings en­tirely, al­most painfully true for any young per­son who’s left be­hind a small town life for the siren call of the big city. 111min. (PG-13) for a scene of sex­u­al­ity and brief strong lan­guage. — Katie Walsh, Tri­bune News Ser­vice ★★★ Chi-Raq — It may not take much to make Spike Lee an­gry, but there’s no deny­ing he gives us his rea­sons and then some in “Chi-Raq,” a sprawl­ing, blis­ter­ing state-of-the-union ad­dress that presents Chicago’s South Side as a cesspool of black-on-black violence, gang war­fare, gun wor­ship and ma­cho misog­yny, ruled by un­break­able cy­cles of poverty and op­pres­sion. Un­even as sto­ry­telling, scat­ter­shot as satire, and capped by an emo­tional cli­max that feels too rigged to res­onate, Lee’s lat­est joint is best ap­pre­ci­ated as a vig­or­ous and un­in­hib­ited work of so­cial crit­i­cism, ex­e­cuted with the madly riff­ing in­stincts of a pop-cul­tural mag­pie. 118 min. (R) for strong sex­ual con­tent in­clud­ing di­a­logue, nu­dity, lan­guage, some violence and drug use.— Justin Chang, Va­ri­ety


Emory Co­hen as Tony and Saoirse Ro­nan as Eilis in “Brook­lyn.” (NR) Not re­viewed — Gen­eral au­di­ences. All ages ad­mit­ted. — Parental guid­ance. Some ma­te­rial may not be suit­able for pre­teens. — Some ma­te­rial in­ap­pro­pri­ate for chil­dren un­der 13. —...

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