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Introduced by Houston Film Critics Society member Joe Leydon, Variety
Writer-director-actor Spike Lee’s third feature, a frequently hilarious but hard-hitting drama, charts mounting racial tensions on the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of central Brooklyn. Released in the wake of a series of violent incidents—including the 1983 police killings of graffiti artist Michael Stewart and Eleanor Bumpurs in 1984—the film is a passionate and engrossing state of the union.