The Hate U Give
In terms of artistry, George Tillman Jr.'s The Hate U Give is a decent enough movie, but in terms of its social and emotional power, it's an essential document for these terrible times. It's based on a young adult novel by Angie Thomas, and it has a softer edge than something like Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit; it even has a happy ending. But in aiming for a broader audience, it just may well get one. And that's a good thing. Teen Starr (Amandla Stenberg) lives in a tough, black neighborhood and commutes, along with her brother Seven (Lamar Johnson), to an all-white prep school. While she can be herself at home and in her 'hood, she must scrub all that away for school. Even though the white kids speak in black slang, she herself doesn't use it around them. (She calls this "Starr Version One" and "Version Two.") One night at a party, she runs into her childhood friend Khalil (Algee Smith), and when he gives her a ride home, they are pulled over...