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FFCC members review F. Gary Gray’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’

FFCC members review F. Gary Gray’s box office smash Straight Outta Compton.

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Bill Gibron, Pop Matters

“As a biopic, as a social commentary, as a reminder of our current cultural limits and liabilities, you couldn’t ask for a better film.”

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Dan Hudak, Punch Drunk Movies

“The real highlight of the film isn’t the music or story – it’s the acting.”

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Steven Lebowitz, West Palm Beach and Miami Movie Examiner

“Despite the long script, Director F. Gary Gray does a good job at balancing the multiple stories he needs to tell. He does things with the camera that he has not done before. These show he is still growing as a storyteller. He does get into an after school special mode at times. ”

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Hans Morgenstern, Independent Ethos

“Director F. Gary Gray never lets up the tempo, despite a near two and a half hour run time. His flair for the music video comes across in moments as obvious as when the group takes the stage or in the smaller moments.”

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Skip Sheffield, Skip Sheffield’s Flix, Muzik, Showz, Travel & More Blog

“For a group that had such a brief life, N.W.A. has an outsized legacy … I think this movie may well put them over the top.”

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Alfred Soto, Humanizing the Vacuum

“Cube and Dre knew that however horrific the scenarios and crushing the beats N.W.A. attempted to reclaim control of their own bodies — a consequence which has led to accusations that they turned control into power and violence. What I see in Straight Outta Compton, though, are Hollywood conventions reclaiming their bodies.”

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