Rubble Kings

2015

Rubble Kings (2015)

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From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. RUBBLE KINGS chronicles life during this era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over.

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Shan Nicholson's film consists of oral histories from the now-reformed gangsters. As such, it can't help but sound a bit embellished, what with all the street monikers and seemingly glorified titles.

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"Rubble Kings" might have been great. As it is, the film is a one-sided, but satisfying tribute to an alternatively terrifying and beguiling city that we can only revisit in movies.

Jun 19, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A fascinating, valuable work of social, music and New York history, a celebration of a peaceful revolution by those who helped birth it.

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Cramming a lot of anecdotes, urban lore and frenzied movement into a mere 71 minutes, Nicholson's docu imperceptibly builds to an unexpected, revelatory climax.

Jun 17, 2015 | Full Review…
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An entertaining doc vividly chronicles a troubled era.

Jun 17, 2015 | Full Review…

"Rubble Kings" is the rare movie I actually wished were longer.

Jun 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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