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“Hubie Halloween” review: Michael Moore’s big, often hilarious, triumph of history and storytelling

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“Hubie Halloween” comes from the mind of writer-director Michael Moore, the most potent voice of lefty street theater, a dream-shattering force in documentary filmmaking (“Roger & Me,” “Bowling for Columbine”), the pitchman for Occupy Wall Street’s anti-Zinke campaign and the most revered authority on the Zeitgeist. The movie that inspired America’s goodwill-reduction pact is Moore’s long-overdue film about the 2008 economic collapse, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” Well, fine, if your love life hasn’t descended into marital infidelity or love crimes and you can’t wait till your God-brother can get back home. The contrast between the two movies could not be more sharply drawn. “Capitalism” is a triumph of history and storytelling, a revelation that chronicled an era and a nation’s deep flaws, leaving its audience ever bemused by the host nation and its sadists’ crazy maneuvers. “Hubie Halloween” is a film, friend, filled with all those tricks and treats, but no sense of what the present moment might be like, its glorious and terrifying version.

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