Movie Review Monday: Red Hook Summer

If there’s anyone that knows how to sell movie theatre seats to films with the most uncomfortable stories, it’s writer/director Spike Lee.  Lee’s over 35 films since 1983 have explored race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime, poverty… and now also one of the taboo topic trifecta, religion.

40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, in partnership with Variance Films, released Lee’s latest, RED HOOK SUMMERin DC just Friday, and already it has created some commotion.

RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who isn’t altogether excited about spending his summer vacation with his more-than-deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters) in the housing projects of Red Hook, NY.  Themes of religion, race, poverty, gang violence, and generational differences are ultimately compounded — and eclipsed — by a more haunting discovery.

This bombshell that drops out of nowhere is what keeps Spike Lee’s raw brilliance at the box office.  “There is a starving audience for American independent films like RED HOOK SUMMER,” explained Lee (on set, at right), who made appearances on Friday’s opening night in the Atlanta market.  

RED HOOK SUMMER is currently in these WASHINGTON, DC theatres:

·      AMC Hoffman Center 22 (Alexandria, VA)

·      West End Cinema

·      AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center 12

·      Regal Bowie 14 (Bowie, MD)

·      Regal Majestic 20 (Silver Spring, MD)


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