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Chi-Raq

  • Starring: Angela Bassett, D.B. Sweeney, David Patrick Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusack, Nick Cannon, Samuel L. Jackson, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 118 min.

Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. After the murder of a Child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

"Erupting like a scalding geyser from the ground right beneath our feet, Spike Lee’s daring, dizzying, sympathetic, symphonic, vital, vehement Chi-Raq is the most urgently 2015 movie of 2015."
- Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie is angry and horrified and mournful but also warm, sensual, life affirming, and so blisteringly funny that critics and political commentators are sure to blast it as distasteful."
- Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"Chi-Raq is a marvel. It's Lee resurrecting his voice — angry, impassioned, and funny as hell — right when we need to hear it."
- Amy Nicholson, Village Voice
""it’s always a good month in America for an antigun movie. The newest, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, might be the best ever. It’s sexy, brash, and potent — a powerful weapon in its own right."
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"While formally quite different from his more universally-respected early work, Chi-Raq has the exuberance and wit you’ll find in Do The Right Thing and Crooklyn. It’s the best film he’s made in a very long time."
- Jordan Huffman, The Guardian
"The laughs in Spike Lee’s corrosive Chi-Raq burn like acid. Urgent, surreal, furious, funny and wildly messy, the movie sounds like an invitation to defeat, but it’s an improbable triumph that finds Mr. Lee doing his best work in years."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"It’s a shattering, thunderous wake-up alarm, a call to lay down arms, a gutsy social satire and a highly stylized work of fiction that sometimes feels as accurate and sobering as the crime reporting you see on the front page of this newspaper."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

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