Night Catches Us Complex African-American responses to the fury that launched the Black Panthers in the 1960s reverberate still when a former member ( The Hurt Locker 's… Night Catches Us Complex African-American responses to the fury that launched the Black Panthers in the 1960s reverberate still when a former member ( The Hurt Locker 's…
Movie Review

Night Catches Us

Kerry Washington | WINDOW TALK Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington in Night Catches Us
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WINDOW TALK Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington in Night Catches Us
EW's GRADE
B+

Complex African-American responses to the fury that launched the Black Panthers in the 1960s reverberate still when a former member (The Hurt Locker's great Anthony Mackie) returns to his old Philadelphia neighborhood in the summer of 1976. Writer-director Tanya Hamilton's intellectually ambitious debut drama Night Catches Us (in theaters Dec. 3) is all the more notable for setting well-drawn fictional characters in a fraught, real moment in civil rights history. B+

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Originally posted Nov 23, 2010 Published in issue #1131 Dec 03, 2010 Order article reprints
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