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“Let’s Be Real”

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Posted August 15, 2014

All movies choose their moment. It’s called a release date. Some moments, however, choose their movies. And it looks as if the moment has chosen Let’s Be Cops.” Wesley Morris starts a review on Let’s Be Cops and ends up meditating on movie police and real world police, race, black men, Cops and Do The Right Thing. Here’s a little more: “American popular culture harbors the same richly mixed feelings about law enforcement (the heroism, the villainy, the foolishness) as it does about black men (rinse and repeat the previous aside). Occasionally, the mixed feelings meet in the same film, as they do with Sidney Poitier’s three outings as Detective Virgil Tibbs and during a lot of the career of Denzel Washington, whose highlights include explosive stints on both sides of the law.”

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