Chi-Raq (2015)

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One of Spike Lee's best films in years, Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. (The title's portmanteau refers to Iraq and that Chicago's violence rivals the Middle East war zone.) You may recall the plot from literature class - the community's women refuse to have sex with the men until violence is stopped. In this case the impetus for this standoff is a child's death by stray bullet. The cast is stellar - Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, and Teyonah Parris (who you may remember as Don Draper's secretary, Dawn, in Mad Men). The plot includes comedy, drama, sexual situations, and a number of theatrical interludes, so there's a bit of something for everyone. Check Our Catalog

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