'Dear White People'
Winner of a well-deserved special jury prize for breakthrough talent, writer-director Justin Simien delivers a sharp satire about a campus race riot that breaks out after frat bros plan a hip-hop-themed costume party. A pointed rebuke to Tyler Perry and fat-suit farces, the film is relentlessly self-aware but doesn't get lost in the critique thanks to grounded turns by two emerging actors: Tessa Thompson and Everybody Hates Chris' Tyler James Williams. —L.H.
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