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That In the Heights, a flashy yet vacuous representation of the heavily Dominican community of Washington Heights, strives to give Latinx their ‘moment’ in popular culture is evident. But this flaccid objective, this desire for the film to be for Latinx what a blockbuster like Black Panther (2018) was for Black Americans, or what Crazy Rich Asians (2018) was for Asian-Americans, betrays the poverty of its vision.
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When Nicole (Johansson) meets Nora (Dern), she's given the opportunity to articulate her feelings and work through the reasons why she wants to divorce her husband. Baumbach gives her an attentive audience, not just through Dern's (comically) overly earnest Nora, but through a long, uninterrupted shot that gives Nicole the opportunity for extended monologue. It registers as theatrical, a one-woman show.
In contrast when Charlie (Driver) first meets with his eventual attorney Ted (Liotta), rapid cuts jump from Ted and…