Tuesday, April 13, 2021     Volume: 22, Issue: 6
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
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HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
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IRRESISTIBLE
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
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UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
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JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF BRON CREATIVE

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH


Where is it playing?: On demand

What's it rated?: R

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Shaka King (Newlyweeds) directs this biopic set in the late ’60s about Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who comes under the scrutiny of J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) and the FBI. It’s also the story of informant Bill O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), who’s coerced by FBI agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) to infiltrate the Black Panthers and spy on Hampton and his operation. Finally, it’s also the story of Hampton’s relationship with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback), who was with Hampton the night he was assassinated in bed by law enforcement.

It’s always good to be reminded of our faults, and the sad case of Fred Hampton and Bill O’Neal is yet another black mark on U.S. history. You may not realize it watching this film, since Kaluuya is 31 and Stanfield is 29, but Hampton was murdered when he was just 21 years old, and O’Neal was a 17-year-old when he was forced by the FBI to infiltrate the Black Panthers. The episode shows how fearful the powers that be were of Panthers, who thanks to government propaganda were horribly maligned. 

Both Kaluuya and Stanfield deliver remarkable performances. Kaluuya embodies Hampton’s undeniable charisma, and Stanfield communicates O’Neal’s inner torment as he awakens to the Panthers’ powerful message of unity. (126 min.)

—Glen Starkey










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