Do the Right Thing | Galaxy Cinema | Special Events | Indy Week
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Do the Right Thing 

When: Thu., April 21, 7 p.m. 2011
Price: $5

Fight the power! FIGHT THE POWERS THAT BE! Years before Crash (or Avenue Q) reminded us that everyone's a little bit racist, Spike Lee's 1989 surprise hit made white people feel very, very guilty, and moviegoers of all races very, very angry. Some critics worried there would be riots; there weren't, and Lee criticized the critics for suggesting that black audiences weren't capable of self-control. Which is ironic, as the film is all about losing control over the course of a long, hot summer day, the mood shifting from congenial to dangerous as we come to know the residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood and their prejudices. It's hard to pass judgment on what happens (and as a white reviewer, I am dangerously unqualified), but we do learn valuable lessons on how a restaurant "Wall of Fame" reflects its neighborhood's demographics, how not to respond to an overly loud boombox and the dangers of curbside trash collection. There's a large cast of great actors, inclu ding Danny Aiello as the pizzeria owner, Bill Nunn as the Public Enemy-loving Radio Raheem, Giancarlo Esposito as Buggin' Out and Samuel L. Jackson as D.J. El Señor Love Daddy, along with Rosie Perez, Martin Lawrence, John Turturro, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, and of course, Spike Lee himself as Mookie. Whether you agree or disagree with the characters, Do the Right Thing is that rare film which manages to provoke those disparate, passionate responses and be funny and entertaining. And that's the triple truth, Ruth. Five dollars gets you in to the screening, which starts at 7 p.m. as part of the Galaxy's "The '80s Strike Back" series.—Zack Smith

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