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Kings (2018)

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KINGS stars Oscar winner Halle Berry and Daniel Craig as citizens of the same South Central Los Angeles neighborhood set against a backdrop of rising racial tensions during the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992. In her first English-language film following the critically acclaimed Mustang, writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's KINGS tells a dramatic story of family bonds and the lengths one mother will go to bring her children home. Halle Berry stars as MILLIE, a tough and protective single foster mother of eight who must ally herself with OBIE (Daniel Craig), her neighbor and a local loose cannon, when racial tensions start to run dangerously high. As the civil unrest in Los Angeles grows following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, Millie and Obie must navigate the chaos that surrounds them in order to ensure her children's safety. KINGS focuses on the fragility of family relationships and touches on turmoil and tensions of the past, which sadly prove to be more relevant than ever in today's social and political climate.

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Eschewing poeticism for an empty sense of prefab empathy, "Kings" is so determined to be hopeful that it forgets to be honest.

September 15, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

For all its honorable intentions to address sensitive issues that still sting, Kings is an unconvincing tonal patchwork.

September 14, 2017 | Full Review…

An unmediated jumble.

September 14, 2017 | Full Review…

How does a filmmaker go from a lauded debut to a sophomore feature this disastrous?

April 24, 2018 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

Chaotic, melodramatic, but a vivid impressionist sketch of lives upended or lost in the LA riots.

April 24, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Look, Deniz Gamze Ergüven is a talented filmmaker, and I'm sure Kings was conceived with admirable intentions, but what made it to the screen is a dumpster fire. There is nothing redeemable

April 23, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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