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RODNEY KING
April 28, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

TELEMOVIE PREMIERE: Actor Roger Guenveur Smith has known Spike Lee a long time – the former appeared in the latter’s Do the Right Thing. But as an actor and writer, Smith also has teamed with Lee, on a Peabody-winning one-man telemovie about Huey P. Newton. With Rodney King, he and Lee reteam for another one-man show. It’s the filmed record of a stage performance, held at an outdoor theater in front of an audience, in which Smith tells the story of the 1991 police beating of Rodney King. He tells it from several perspectives – King, the police, angry rappers, omniscient narrator – but with such passion, conviction and immediacy that it draws you into the narrative, and its barely bottled outrage, completely and unforgettably. Of all the new offerings Netflix is dropping tonight, this is the one you have to watch.

 
 
 
 
 
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