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‘Selah and the Spades’ Review:Most Likely to Delight

The first thing you notice about Tayarisha Poe’s “Selah and the Spades” is its visual distinction. The film, streaming on Amazon, wants you to see rather than watch what’s going on, and pulls you in with cinematography—by Jomo Fray—that ranges from swirling abstractions to lovely soft-light portraiture. Then you’re aware of a strong filmmaker’s sensibility. This is a debut feature, but far from a conventional one. Ms. Poe sets a comically heightened tone of mythical power for the story of a tyrannical teen and her guileless rival at an exclusive East Coast prep school.

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