The best movies of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

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A film need not be relentlessly upbeat, of course, to please a crowd. Its popularity with the jury aside, the smart, somber death-row drama “Clemency” moved my audience to audible tears, as did “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” an exquisite Bay Area ramble that won two major prizes, including one for Joe Talbot’s direction. Both these pictures are, among other things, meditations on black manhood and the expectations and stereotypes that society projects onto it.



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