1.- The Worst Person in the World

Danish-Norwegian director Joachim Trier's staggeringly tender comedy-drama feels like a gift from the gods.

On the road to figuring out who she is, Julie [Renate Reinsve, in a performance of the marvelous, sturdy delicacy] falls in love first with one man and then another, only to realize she's more lost than ever.

Trier guides this story to a joyous, bittersweet landing - a reminder that we're all work in progress, unfinished beings whose only imperative is to turn toward the light.

2.- Summer of Soul

Ahmir '' Questiove '' Thompson's radiant documentary chronicles a star-studded free concert series that took place in a Harlem park during the summer of Woodstock but received far less attention.

The Harlem Cultural Festival drew huge crowds, but in the years since, this civil rights - era celebration of pride and music had been largely forgotten - or, perhaps more accurately simply neglected.

Like jewels hidden in plain sight, the firm showcases glorious performances from Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone.

At last, the world is ready to take notice.

3.- The Tragedy of Macbeth

You may have seen this material a hundred times before. But Joel Coen's shivery black-and-white rendering - starring Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington as the treacherous, scheming Scots, compelling as a demon's spell - pulls of that rare feat :

It puts you in the shoes of the play's first audience, as if this 400-year-old play were unfolding anew.

Now, as then, it chills to the bone.

The World Students Society thanks author Stephanie Zacharek.


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