George Clooney

George Clooney's racially charged 'Suburbicon' is a dreadful movie for dreadful times

George Clooney's racially charged 'Suburbicon' is a dreadful movie for dreadful times

George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” opens with a beaming, smirking advertisement for the small town of its title — a booming postwar haven of cookie-cutter ranch homes, neatly manicured lawns and pastel-toned automobiles. It’s a sunny, idyllic community that’s in for the mother of all wake-up calls.

The town’s newest residents, Mr. and Mrs. Mayers (played by Leith M. Burke and Karimah Westbrook), are decent, hard-working and determined to mind their own business, but because they have already committed the crime of being black in 1950s America, it’s not long before their presence in the neighborhood brings an angry white mob to their door.

It’s an intriguing, loaded setup, and it...

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