Critic's Notebook: For Politically Charged Films, Timing is Everything

The Hollywood Reporter

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, a brilliant, reality-based, phantasmagoric musical drama about gun violence and murder in Chicago, would have had a visceral impact in any recent year. But it happened to open a week after the Chicago police released a video of a black teenager shot to death by a white policeman. Like other socially charged films this year, Chi-Raq arrived in a geo-political landscape changing so quickly that the movie speaks to the current moment with more urgency than anyone could have predicted.

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