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.”
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