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Indie Roundup: ‘Miss Bala’


Hollywood spectaculars are popular the world over not just because of their slick production values, gorgeous movie stars, or cutting-edge special effects; they’re popular because they’re imbued with a distinctly American form of optimism: No matter what hurdles lie before the hero, be they killer robots, machine-gun-toting mobsters, or the resident high school mean girl, she will through smarts, cunning, and luck master her fate and end up triumphant. Movies like Gerardo Naranjo’s grim, virtuoso thriller “Miss Bala” is a sharp reminder of just how much this Hollywood convention is little more than a cruel joke on millions of the poor and the powerless.

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