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Monsters and Men

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One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he's faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? With a deep sense of humanity and a deft directorial hand, Reinaldo Marcus Green smartly reformulates the traditional construction of 'protagonist' to magnify the power of perspective. Green tells the story of how the footage affects the lives of three upstanding men in Bed-Stuy--a young father striving to support his new family, an African American cop dealing with the fallout of his colleague's mistake, and a star high school athlete who becomes politicized by the incident. Each man is very different, but they equally feel the urgency of the question they must all face: should I take moral action or remain safely on the sidelines? Green provokes viewers to ask themselves the same question.
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CRITICS OF "Monsters and Men"
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Scotsman
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January 17, 2019

Though the triptych structure makes the overall film feel a little uneven, the main characters' respective introspection feels truthful...
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Independent (UK)
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January 17, 2019

It is very well acted and deals with familiar material in a subtle and sensitive fashion.
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Rolling Stone
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September 28, 2018

John David Washington is at his forceful best in this racially-charged drama from debuting filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green that uses the perspective of three persons of color to examine the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop,
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Empire Magazine
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January 17, 2019

Both cinematic and literary, this is mature, textured work. Gently prodding at you rather than grabbing you by the throat, it is intentionally unexplosive, but lights a fire nevertheless.
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Little White Lies
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January 18, 2019

It starts an important discussion but doesn't dig deep enough.
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Guardian
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January 17, 2019

There is humanity and complexity in this welcome movie, as well as muscular power and unreconciled anger.
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Detroit News
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October 04, 2018

The film seems so freshly ripped from today's headlines that it feels like there's still more of the story to be told, which in a sense, there is.
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Daily Mail (UK)
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January 17, 2019

Green hammers the audience with his message, instead of letting us find it ourselves. Nevertheless, this is a watchable and relevant film.
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NPR
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September 27, 2018

Monsters and Men offers neither unalloyed despair nor implausible hope. It's about the way people of color live now, moving through the streets with passion, purpose and one eye on the rear-view mirror.
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Entertainment Weekly
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September 28, 2018

Green illuminates his characters with care and subtlety, allowing them to live inside shades of grey that a black-and-white world rarely allows.
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NPR
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October 11, 2018

A lesser movie might weave these threads into a narrative that exploits real-world parallels - viral social media, athletes who take a knee, cops who close ranks. "Monsters And Men" doesn't pander or dismiss.
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AV Club
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September 28, 2018

Green's graceful direction and keen ear for dialogue certainly make him a new filmmaker to watch, and it'll be fascinating to see what he does with a more focused narrative.
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