‘The Hate U Give’ Review

Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Common, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, K.J. Apa, Dominique Fishback, Lamar Johnson, Tj Wright, Megan Lawless, Rhonda Johnson Dents, Tony Vaughn | Written by Audrey Wells | Directed by George Tillman Jr.

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

George Tillman, Jr’s The Hate U Give, at its fingertips, has the powerful visual/thematic resonation and emotional intensity of any masterpiece in African American cinema that has come before it. Evoking the cultural implications in
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