DJANGO UNCHAINED | December 25 With the help of a German bounty hunter, Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave, treks across America to rescue his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from charming but cruel plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (of "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs" and "Kill Bill").
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Once the panic of holiday shopping subsides, the gifts have been given, and you've fallen into your final food coma, there's really nothing left to do during Christmas break but enjoy a good movie. Here are our top 6 picks to help finish off the season right.
A film about the 'Central Park Five' is to be released Friday. In 1989, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson and Antron McCray, a group of Black and Latino men, were wrongly convicted of brutally raping a white female jogger in New York's landmark park. The convictions were vacated in 2002 when another man claimed to have committed the crime alone and DNA evidence confirmed his involvement. Directed by Emmy award-winning documentarian Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon, the "Central Park Five" film highlights the events, misconceptions, media outrage, and police coercion that influenced their case. "This film lays out the truth," said Sara. "We hope it helps to [examine] and change the techniques especially the illegal practices of how all suspects are [interrogated] and convicted." (Black America Web)
New York City officials have subpoenaed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ outtakes and unused interviews from “The Central Park Five,” a new film about the lives of black men who were convicted, and later exonerated, in the racially charged 1989 Central Park jogger rape case. In a letter to Burns, dated Sept. 12, lawyers say the materials would help them defend against a $50 million federal lawsuit filed by the men nearly a decade ago. The film includes in-depth interviews of the five men, who as teenagers were the embodiment of racial tension in a crime-ridden New York City. The young men’s confession to the rape of a white woman in Central Park was coerced and they later recanted, but all fiver were convicted in two trials, base on their confessions. A decade later, a man convicted of a string of rapes in the city’s Upper East Side that same summer, confessed to the rape and his DNA matched the evidence on the park victim. (New York Times)