A fiercely intimate epic about poverty, racism, violence and a divided America, Mudbound scorchingly reflects the Trump era without being a part of it. The film reps a new career high for director Dee Rees, whose remarkable 2011 debut feature Pariah is a semi-autobiographical deep dive into a black girl’s struggles with coming out. Since 2015’s Bessie, was made for HBO and not released in theaters, this period drama is officially only Rees’ second feature. Such are the tribulations of being young, gifted, black, female and gay in a Hollywood ruled by a white male hierarchy. I don’t know if the movie will help change things. But it sure as hell should.