8 items from 2016
The Central Park Five’s innocence was established nearly 15 years ago, but Donald Trump apparently isn’t buying it. The presidential candidate continued to assert his belief that the group, who were wrongly accused and convicted of raping a jogger in 1989 before being exonerated due to DNA evidence (and the actual rapist’s confession) in 2002, were in fact responsible for the crime. In a statement to CNN, Trump — who once took out a full-page ad in the Daily News calling for them to receive the death penalty — said the group “admitted they were guilty.”
Ken Burns and David McMahon, who co-directed the 2012 documentary “The Central Park Five,” were among the many left angered and confused by Trump’s comments. In a joint statement, they said the Gop standard-bearer’s words »
- Michael Nordine
The Central Park Five have become a textbook case of young, black and Latino suspects being falsely accused and imprisoned. After they were accused in the brutal rape of a jogger in 1989 and sent to prison, DNA evidence identified the real rapist — who confessed — and the city of New York paid them $40 million for their ruined lives. But Donald Trump — who 28 years ago took out newspaper ads in response to the attack calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty — told CNN this week that he still thinks they’re guilty. Also Read: 'The Central Park Five' Agree »
- Tim Molloy
Glenn here. Each Tuesday bringing you reviews of documentaries from theatres, festivals and on demand.
The title of Deborah Esquenazi’s film Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four is not an accident. It has been done to deliberately reference both West of Memphis and The Central Park Five. Those two films were also true crime documentaries that focused on cases in which the wrong people – bundled together under one umbrella with a numerical media savvy nickname – were convicted of a heinous crime. The mistrials of justice in both of those cases were so monumental that multiple films, non-fiction and dramatic, exist about each.
It’s doubtful the same will become true of the San Antonio Four given the crimes for which the four women at the centre of its terribly heartbreaking story were charged and found guilty of were not as sensationally savage as those other stories. »
- Glenn Dunks
I wasn’t even aware that Ken Burns’ excellent documentary, “The Central Park Five,” was streaming on Netflix; although it’s been about 4 years since the film was released in theaters, so it certainly shouldn’t be a surprise that, at some point… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
We're living a tidal wave of content. It's hard to know what to watch, when, and where. We're here to help! By telling you that you can and should watch a movie about a tsunami entitled The Wave from the director of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, Roar Uthaug, on Netflix next month. The streaming service has released the titles for their July 2016 movies and TV shows, though they are subject to change. Also available are those titles leaving Netflix in July. Highlights of what you can look forward to include: Back to the Future 1- 3, Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2 (if you want to get ready for the upcoming sequel), All of the Lethal Weapon movies (get a look at The Predator director Shane Black's first script brought to life), BoJack Horseman Season 3, The Sting, and more. Make sure to check out these titles before they leave: A Clockwork Orange, »
- Roth Cornet
You have mere days left to watch all these movies and TV shows, because come July, they'll be gone. With the truckload of new movies hitting Netflix in July, all these are expiring. It's a sad event, but at least we have a heads-up so that we can get all our watching in now. Take a look, and make sure you've caught all the new movies that popped up in June! Expiring July 1 2001: A Space Odyssey A Clockwork Orange A League of Their Own Allegiance Along Came Polly Best in Show The Beverly Hillbillies Bulworth Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Caillou The Central Park Five Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke The Conspiracy Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, seasons one-two Dinosaur Train, season two Drive Me Crazy Flashpoint, seasons one-five The Flintstones The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas The Game, seasons one-three How to Marry a Millionaire Ice Age: The Meltdown Medium, »
- Maggie Pehanick
“The People v Oj Simpson” is over, and you’re going through withdrawal. So are we. The FX drama starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran and Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, had everything: nineties nostalgia, crime, race, celebrity and legal drama. No single show has all those elements. But you can explore them separately in a series of shows on our list, including “The Central Park Five,” “Confirmation,” and even the film “The Oj Simpson” story. Also Read: Oj Fact Check: Juror Who Raised Black Power Salute »
- Tim Molloy
“Making a Murderer,” the Netflix true-crime series that debuted in December, is a phenomenon not just because it spins a fascinating, enraging and almost unbelievable yarn. People can’t stop talking about the story of crime and punishment in small-town Wisconsin in part because it exposes not just individual mistakes and acts of misconduct, but inconvenient truths about a disturbing array of blind spots that lurk within the overall criminal justice system.
As a lifetime resident of one of Wisconsin’s neighboring states, I’m used to Hollywood portraying residents of flyover country more or less as Hobbits: Midwestern characters are often salt of the earth, well-intentioned, stubborn and a little dumb. Some of the details of the case at the heart of “Making a Murderer” are almost hopelessly muddled by this point, but whatever your position on defendant Steven Avery’s guilt or innocence, the series makes it clear »
- Maureen Ryan
8 items from 2016
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