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Clockwise from upper left, Adam Driver, left, and John David Washington in “BlacKkKlansman” (David Lee, Focus Features); Ethan Hawke in “First Reformed” (A24); Yalitza Aparicio in “Roma” (Alfonso Cuarón, Netflix).

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You begin “Roma” by waiting. For prolonged minutes, soapy water rushes over a tile floor. You end waiting again, trying to collect your thoughts after the emotional ride. Alfonso Cuarón blew us away with “Gravity,” and now he does it with a low budget and zero Hollywood stars. Unforgettable images play across the black-and-white movie based on his childhood in politically torn Mexico City. As her life takes an unfortunate turn, a young maid holds together a collapsing family. Now streaming on Netflix.

Seth is a features writer at The Gazette, covering the outdoors and the people and places that make Colorado colorful.

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