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Monsters and Men (2018)

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The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.
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Credited cast:
Chanté Adams ... Zoe
Giuseppe Ardizzone ... Officer Jimmy Gambini
Nicole Beharie ... Michelle
Cara Buono ... Stacey
J.W. Cortes ... Officer Benito Suarez
Angel Bismark Curiel ... Joshua
Michael Durodola ... Basketball Player
Samel Edwards Samel Edwards ... Darius Larson
Cassandra Freeman ... Lisa
Josiah Gabriel ... Victor
Aaron Costa Ganis ... Officer Barrett
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Zyric
Grant Jaeger Grant Jaeger ... Remi
Keenan Jolliff ... Donny
Jasmine Cephas Jones ... Marisol
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The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

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28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$118,697, 30 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$500,101, 28 October 2018
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Besides Hamilton, this is the first movie that Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas-Jones have worked on together. See more »

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A measured, realistic look at the consequences of "stop and frisk."
7 October 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

If Monsters and Men were a more incendiary testimony to police brutality, as its title suggests, the audience would be fired up to demonstrate in favor of minorities who have been wronged in "stop-and-frisk" injustices. Fortunately, it's not more volatile; it is rather a thoughtful, albeit measured, rumination on racism and inequality.

Debut director, Reinaldo Marcus Green, takes a careful look at an event that sounds like the death of Eric Garner in 2014 Staten Island. In Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Nuyorican Manny (Anthony Ramos) witnesses an innocent youth murdered by a policeman in an all-too frequent stop of young black men. Manny spends the first part of the film tortured about the right thing to do with his evidence.

In a second of three segments, black patrol officer Dennis (John David Washington) is conflicted between his loyalty to the force and his understanding of how the system does not favor black men. Although he's dropped from the rest of the film, he represents the moral quandary about the injustices and the fact that some characters will not follow the usual clichés of these message-type dramas.

The film doesn't so much as preach, either through voiceover or ponderous character, as it shows the daily indignities of young NYC black men in the white-dominated system that makes justice elusive for him and his peers.

In the final segment of the tryptic, Zyric (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) is a gifted young athlete forced by his conscience to join the protest against brutality and at the same time jeopardize his future to play pro baseball. Like Monsters and Men, Zyric asks you to join him deciding to do the right thing. Not everyone does.


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