‘Emancipation’ Review: Will Smith Slavery Saga Challenges Audiences With Grueling Cruelty

The script focuses on the physical and spiritual brutality endured by Smith’s real-life character without addressing the man’s actual humanity If there’s anything unexpected about the depiction of slavery in director Antoine Fuqua’s “Emancipation,” it’s the unflinchingly grim imagery that populates its frames. The intent seems to derive from the photographs of the real-life subject… Read More ‘Emancipation’ Review: Will Smith Slavery Saga Challenges Audiences With Grueling Cruelty

Dissecting ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and Its Startling Conclusion

Spike Lee uses real-life detective Ron Stallworth’s story as a cracked mirror to examine Trump’s America in 2018. The following is part of a monthly conversation series between The Hollywood Reporter contributors Simon Abrams and Steven Boone. This month, they tackled BlacKkKlansman, director Spike Lee’s fictionalized account of African-American undercover cop Ron Stallworth’s investigation of the Ku… Read More Dissecting ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and Its Startling Conclusion