Straight Outta Compton

The movie gods could not have scripted a better scenario than the narrative behind F. Gary Gray’s new release.

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click to enlarge Corey Hawkins and O'Shea Jackson Jr. in 'Straight Outta Compton'
Corey Hawkins and O'Shea Jackson Jr. in 'Straight Outta Compton'

The movie gods could not have scripted a better scenario than the narrative behind F. Gary Gray’s new release. With our current social and cultural concerns about the urban experience and the rampant abuses of authority by the police, what better time than now to tell the story of the emergence of NWA and the rise of gangsta Hip Hop from the streets of Compton (and how fitting is it to have O’Shea Jackson, Jr. play his father Ice Cube)? On top of all that, Gray, the director of Friday and The Italian Job, earned his stripes back in the day making music videos for Cube, Dr. Dre and a host of rising West Coast acts. The straight truth here certainly looks ready to hit harder than fiction ever could. (Opens wide Friday) (R) Not screened in time for review

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