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Review: “The Fits” gives a clear perspective on modern adolescence while “Art Bastard” misses the mark

In the dark, a young girl counts steadily: one, two, three. Then, on screen, her face pops into view, eyes aimed directly at us. She’s doing sit-ups. This in-your-face introduction to 11-year-old, almond-eyed Toni (played by Royalty Hightower, in a lovely debut) creates immediate intimacy and a bond between the viewer and the character. The centrality of Toni’s vision in the movie – her gaze – is established at once....