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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
2021, Netflix, 129 min, USA/UK, Dir: Aaron Sorkin

It’s 1968 and the United States is in turmoil. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down by an assassin in Memphis, Robert F. Kennedy is shot and killed in Los Angeles. The Vietnam War is at its height with over 30,000 American casualties and 1,000 more U.S. troops killed each month. In August, scores of antiwar protestors gather outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and are tear gassed and beaten by police and the National Guard. The following year, the organizers of the protest - including Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) - were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.


BLACK MASS
2015, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Scott Cooper

For more than two decades, James “Whitey” Bulger ruled the mean streets of South Boston with brutality and virtual impunity before vanishing in 1994; he successfully eluded capture until his 2011 arrest in Santa Monica. In one of the best performances of his career, Johnny Depp effectively vanishes into this slippery character, whose skill at playing opposite sides against one another put an FBI agent (Joel Edgerton) in his pocket. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Kevin Bacon. “Cooper bathes the film in a look that feels unfailingly true to the period without ever verging on kitsch; it’s a movie that isn’t just taking place in the late ’70s and early ’80s but seems to have been made then.” – Scott Foundas, Variety.


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