POWER TO THE PEEPHOLE

A FICTIONALIZED PEEK INSIDE THE BLACK PANTHERS TRIGGERS ANGRY DEBATE. WERE THEY SAVIORS OF THE COMMUNITY OR STREET THUGS?

How did Oliver Stone let this one get away? A gang of '60s rebels, an aura of righteous violence, the charge that fbi boss J. Edgar Hoover and the Mafia flooded America's cities with cheap drugs-why, it's all so lurid, it must be true. And if it's not, it can still be a movie.

Panther, the new film directed by Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City) from a screenplay by his father Melvin (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song), is indeed a movie: an earnest, naive, fitfully engrossing film with urgent performances and a final plot twist that stretches credulity to the snapping...

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