The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The film's exploration of the tenuous bonds within a community will surely prompt serious soul-searching.
Nate Larson's lensing is above documentary average, while first-time feature helmer Love's editing does an astute job of shaping the pic's first 45 minutes as an investigative mystery, leaving the post-arrest remainder for collective soul searching.
It's Americana unvarnished and, because of that, as absorbing as it is respectful.
Theo Love's mesmerizing documentary Little Hope Was Arson is as evenhanded as it is unsettling.
The film is attractively and professionally packaged however, with accomplished camerawork and editing supporting a narrative that eventually seems to reveal more smoke than fire.
It digs behind the headlines to raise some provocative questions about police tactics, organized religion, mental illness, knee-jerk violence, faith and forgiveness.
"Little Hope was Arson" is a terrific documentary, told in the style of a true-crime thriller.
I can only pray that Daniel and Jason's momentary thrill of setting those buildings ablaze was worth flushing their futures down the drain.
This is the story of a culture that allows young people to get lost and the failure of religious institutions to reach them. And of resilience, compassion, and forgiveness.
Little Hope Was Arson is far more than a small town detective yarn. It's a tribute to clear-eyed storytelling and the power of community.
Fair, balanced, humanizing and profoundly moving
Ultimately it's a very well-plotted story of faith, community, honor and the loss of each, and it's full of characters who are colorful and raw yet totally genuine.
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