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The Films of Spike Lee

February 13-14 School Daze (1988) Rated R (121 min)
February 15-16 Clockers (1995) Rated R (128 min)
February 17-18 Malcolm X (1992) Rated PG-13 (202 min)
Tickets: $5 (or see all three for $10) 
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Spike Lee’s visit to the Virginia Theatre – celebrating the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing – was a highlight of the 2014 Ebertfest, and we wanted to shine a light on some of his other films. Three of Spike Lee’s most critically acclaimed films are presented this February in a week-long series. Lee has received two Academy Award nominations, a Student Academy Award and an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and won numerous other awards.

February 13-14  School Daze (1988)
Rated R (121 min) 

Much of School Daze is based on director Spike Lee’s experiences while a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Laurence Fishburne plays what amounts to Lee’s alter ego: a serious, self-involved student who tilts at such windmills as an insensitive administration and a deeply entrenched, social-climbing fraternity/sorority system.


February 15-16  Clockers (1995)
Rated R (128 min)

Set in New York City, Clockers tells the story of Strike (Phifer), a street-level drug dealer who becomes entangled in a murder investigation.  The film stars Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, and Mekhi Phifer in his debut film role.



February 17-18  Malcolm X (1992)
Rated PG-13 (202 min)

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.  Starring: Denzel Washington (as Malcolm X) and Angela Bassett.


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