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Monsters and Men

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Monsters and Men renders huge issues with a fluid understatement.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

When a young father witnesses the police shooting of an unarmed black man, the tight-knit community of Bed-Stuy is pushed to the brink in writer/director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Sundance award-winning portrait of race, family and consequence. Employing a bravura storytelling technique, Green divides the narrative into three sections, each focused on a different man of color in the community: A witness to the incident who captured everything on camera (Anthony Ramos), a conflicted cop who experiences systemic racism while still defending his force (John David Washington), and a high school athlete politicized by the shooting (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). Though the three men cross paths only briefly, it is through powerful moments of prolonged eye contact that the narrative throttle is passed from one to another. As the film changes protagonists, deeper questions are asked about truth, prejudice, justice and how to do the right thing. (Dir. by Reinaldo Marcus Green, 2018, USA, 95 mins., Rated R)

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