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'Detroit' review: Kathryn Bigelow shoots the '67 war at home

'Detroit' review: Kathryn Bigelow shoots the '67 war at home

Oddly in synch with the narrative strategy (though without the imposing visual panache) of "Dunkirk," the other historical drama of the moment, director Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit," is an artfully frazzled mosaic of suffering, putting the audience through the wringer in the name of truth, injustice and what many see, still, as the American way with police brutality.

At its best the movie, written by Mark Boal, Bigelow's collaborator on "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," evokes a spirit of mournful provocation, as the bloody Detroit events of July 1967 unfold. There are significant limitations, however, with Bigelow's latest film, and...

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