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The soundtrack and animation in “The Bad Guys” (2022) are top notch. That’s a good thing, because the plot is warmed-over sitcom material, hidden behind an “Ocean’s Eleven” mask (with the “Star Trek” episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” thrown in). There’s a group of celebrity criminals. One tries to go clean and finds out it’s actually more rewarding than being bad (hijinks ensue). In the sitcom, the spell is eventually broken. I won’t spoil the film for you. There’s really not much more to say. It’s slickly done, but that’s easy when you’re just heisting other movies and TV shows.

At a time when every controversial issue seems to get boiled down to a false choice of good versus evil, it is rare to see someone – anyone – take the effort to show the true complexity of the human condition. “Best of Enemies” (2019) goes back nearly 50 years to tell the story of school desegregation in Durham, N.C., through the eyes of a black community activist (Taraji P. Henson) and a Klan chief (Sam Rockwell). There’s no question they are adversaries, but the activist is not portrayed as a saintly martyr and the Klansman is humanized by his personal struggles.