Denzel Washington

Fences

Denzel Washington takes the directorial reigns in the big screen adaptation of playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of an African-American couple in 1950s Pittsburgh. Denzel knows this story, and knows how to stock the film with top-notch actors. After all, both he and Viola Davis won Tony awards in the Broadway revival, so it …

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Malcolm X

Spike Lee’s sprawling labor of love Malcolm X was released in 1992, the same year as the explosive race riots prompted by the beating of Rodney King by L.A. cops. The film opens with the amateur footage of African-American Rodney King being pummeled by white cops, and for half a second, it seems a little …

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