Powerful work across the board elevates this film into the conversation of being among the best of the year. Daniel Kaluuya stars as assassinated Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was betrayed by FBI snitch Bill O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) in what was an important (though generally overlooked/forgotten) part of American history. Director/writer Shaka King absolutely knocks it out of the park in both capturing the turbulent times and in none-too-subtly drawing parallels to current events.

4.5/5 stars