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Spike Lee connects past to urgent present in 'BlacKkKlansman'

(CNN)Spike Lee films can be guilty of feeling didactic, but the material suits the message -- and the director's passion -- in "BlacKkKlansman," a fiery, wild true story infused by an overt cautionary warning that the past could be prologue. Tense, provocative and entertaining, it's not clear how well the movie will age, but Lee's latest joint feels tailor-made for the current moment.As the title (a nightmare for copy editors) would suggest, "BlacKkKlansman" tells the remarkable story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, Denzel's son), an African-American police officer in Colorado Springs, who got the rather audacious idea in the 1970s of infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Ron, obviously, couldn't show up at the meetings, but he won the ...
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