City So Real: Miniseries (2020)


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City So Real

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City So Real could have been a deeply dry look at the candidates, but James and his team are constantly placing them against the greater backdrop of the city and its people.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Responsible to the historic moment yet enthralling in a minute-by-minute capacity few unscripted or scripted TV series can earn, Steve James' latest is a flat-out must-see.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Never sacrificing complexity for the sake of easy parallels, James counts on us to work out how his tapestry of interviews and neighborhood-specific vignettes speaks to the core issues being raised by the candidates.

Jun 23, 2020 | Full Review…
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It's a tale of grubby politics, infamous violence and fortress-like neighborhoods so close together yet so apart, they're like separate planets orbiting a single city by the lake, on the make and, in many proven instances, on the take.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The reality is that I'd have happily watched 10 hours of City So Real, which never drags and never makes bureaucracy or procedure look boring.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Sprawling, sophisticated and yet deeply focussed, this is a master work of precision and scope, and an instant classic in the political documentary genre.

Jul 8, 2020 | Full Review…

City So Real is a powerful and engrossing look at the cities that make us who we are and how we can effect genuine and sincere change within those communities.

Jul 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Exploring racial and cultural contradictions that often lurk just below the surface, James's camera seems to parse the dissonance and cacophony of city noise to locate each individual voice for a brief moment.

Jul 8, 2020 | Full Review…

As a staggering 21 candidates campaign, James employs his unique naturalistic style to get the voices of people all over, forming a sprawling portrait of the city in political tumult.

Jun 23, 2020 | Full Review…

It's one of the most wholly engrossing films at the festival this year, and like any great limited series, it's compulsively watchable and enthralling.

Jun 23, 2020 | Full Review…

It's an engrossing portrait of a city - and a country - at an inflection point, and a love letter to Chicago, too.

Jun 23, 2020 | Full Review…

The film finds it instead everywhere from high-rises to corner pharmacies with residents responding to the issues of the campaign in casual conversations with a complex calculus of class and race that emerges organically.

Jun 23, 2020 | Full Review…

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