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Monsters and Men

  • Starring: Chanté Adams, Giuseppe Ardizzone, Nicole Beharie
  • Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 96 min.

One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed–Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? [Sundance]

"Monsters and Men is a robust ensemble piece in which every performer finds subtle shadings in characters fully embedded in a realistic milieu. It's a smart, urgently relevant movie that marks an impressive upgrade from his acclaimed short films for writer-director Green."
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Green illuminates his characters with care and subtlety, allowing them to live inside shades of grey that a black-and-white world rarely allows."
- Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
"John David Washington is at his forceful best in this racially-charged drama from debuting filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green that uses the perspective of three persons of color to examine the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop,"
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Monsters and Men offers neither unalloyed despair nor implausible hope. It's about the way people of color live now, moving through the streets with passion, purpose and one eye on the rear-view mirror."
- Mark Jenkins, NPR
"A politically astute, emotionally layered examination of a violent death and its lingering psychic residue."
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"Its innate intelligence and matter-of-fact sensitivity are the kinds of storytelling assets we need more of, especially when the fabric of life for many continues to fray and tear in ways that demand a larger societal reassessing."
- Robert Abele, TheWrap
"Monsters and Men excels when it dives into the complications of race and authority, articulated vividly by three excellent lead performances."
- Nick Allen,