'City So Real' tries to get past the headlines with a deep but scattered portrait of Chicago

Chicago is a big, wonderful mess of a city, one that President Trump has turned into a political punching bag amid his “law and order” campaign cries. Filmmaker Steve James seeks to capture the Windy City’s complexity in “City So Real,” a five-part documentary that proves richly detailed but a bit too messy, pulling in disparate stories and characters at the expense of a cohesive picture.

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