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Kings (2017)

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The life of a foster family in South Central Los Angeles, a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial.
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Halle Berry ... Millie Dunbar
Daniel Craig ... Obie Hardison
Lamar Johnson ... Jesse Cooper
Kaalan Walker Kaalan Walker ... William McGee (as Kaalan 'KR' Walker)
Rachel Hilson ... Nicole Patterson
Issac Ryan Brown ... Shawnte
Callan Farris ... Ruben
Serenity Reign Brown ... Peaches
Reece Cody ... Tiger
Aiden Akpan Aiden Akpan ... Jordan
Gary Yavuz Perreau Gary Yavuz Perreau ... Carter
Ce'Onna Meilani Johnson ... Sherridane (as Ce'Onna Johnson)
Lorenz Arnell Lorenz Arnell ... Damon
Lorrie Odom ... Angela
Lewis T. Powell ... Quinn
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The life of a foster family in South Central Los Angeles, a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial.

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Don't let your family get caught in the crossfire.


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Rated R for violence, sexual content/nudity, and language throughout. | See all certifications »

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English

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11 April 2018 (France) See more »

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Belgium See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$163,289, 29 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$274,635, 17 May 2018
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2.39 : 1
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The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2017. The film was screened during three days as part of Stockholm's International Film Festival held in November 2017. The film was screened at the Torino Film Festival in Italy before opening wide by Spring 2018. See more »

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Millie Dunbar drive a wasted Volvo 760 estate . It is very hard to believe, what a car debuted in 1985, can be in such condition in 1991. Also, it is probably too expensive for main character, even if car was made in 1985. See more »

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"Kings" is a personal window into the lives of average people during one of the most upsetting and violent moments in recent American history.
30 April 2018 | by dave-mcclainSee all my reviews

"Kings" (R, 1:32) is a crime drama, with romantic undertones, written and directed by award-winning director Deniz Gamze Ergüven (2015's "Mustang"). Although the title is never really explained, the film is about a family of foster kids in South Central Los Angeles who struggle to deal with endemic racial discrimination - and to survive the L.A. riots following the 1992 Rodney King beating trial verdict.

Oscar winner Halle Berry stars as Millie Dunbar, a foster mother who loves children and has a special place in her heart for troubled kids. She has a house full of them - boys and girls of different races and ages. She loves all of them as if they were her own and she works multiple jobs to take care of them. That last part means she's often away from home, and care for the younger ones often falls to her oldest, Jesse (Lamar Johnson). Jesse is intelligent and responsible, but he struggles against the instincts of his short-tempered best friend, William (Kaalan "KR" Walker), and a short-tempered neighbor, named Obie (Daniel Craig), who complains about Millie's parenting - and the noise coming from her house.

The film uses a re-enactment of the fatal March 16, 1991 shooting of teenager Latasha Harlins by an L.A. Korean convenience store owner and news of the shooter's conviction, but subsequent sentence of probation, to set the stage for the events to come. As frustration in the black community builds, the film's plot remains focused on Millie's make-shift family and their relationships with their friends and other members of their neighborhood, including Obie. When it is announced that the police officers who beat Rodney King on the night of March 3, 1991 have been acquitted, rioting begins. Millie's kids are involved in the mayhem in various ways and she fights to find and protect them, with Obie helping her.

"Kings" is a personal window into the lives of average people during one of the most upsetting and violent moments in recent American history. Although fictionalized, the story is nevertheless affecting and the film is dedicated to one of the young men who lost his life during the riots. Some of the plot points feel contrived, but the film's effective at delivering greater understanding of and compassion for those affected by the L.A. riots - and the issues that led up to that episode - some of which clearly continue to plague society today. "B+"


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