Twelve Years a Slave

 

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TYAS is a stunningly beautiful, brilliantly soundtrack-ed and punishingly complex film about the outrage of slavery. More than mere emotion-porn, and somehow subtler than his other films, over and over again McQueen asks us: how can we idly permit such horrors to happen so long as they don’t touch us?

Ruby Sparks

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Never as entertaining as its premise, Ruby Sparks is let down by a second-act sub-Meet the Fockers trip to meet the in-laws – two free-spirited hippies more fictive than the eponymous nymph – and the fact that Dano’s character is so thoroughly, incredibly, infinitely detestable. Feels like a wasted idea.