Civil Rights activist and Ku Klux Klan leader come together in ‘The Best of Enemies’

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Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star in “The Best of Enemies.”

Based on a true story, the film “The Best of Enemies” follows the lives of a civil rights leader and a Ku Klux Klan leader and how they manage to compromise.

The synopsis on rottentomatoes.com said the film centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures and “What Men Want”), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971.

The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

The critics’ tomatometer rating on rottentomatoes.com is at just 53 percent, but the audience rating for the film is a bit better at 76 percent.

Top Critic Andrea Gronvall with “Chicago Reader” said, “Comparisons will inevitably be made to Green Book for its upbeat vibe, but in terms of serious craft and admirable aspirations, this film is more in the league of ‘42’ and ‘Selma.’”

On the other hand, Top Critic Inkoo Kang with “Slate” saw it differently, saying, “It’s impossible to ignore that the film is yet another Hollywood narrative of racial reconciliation centered on a white protagonist-and worse, it’s one that seems much more interested in the Klan’s white targets than its black ones.”

Directed by Robin Bissell, this film is rated PG-13 for thematic material, racial epithets, some violence and a suggestive reference.

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This film is rated R for language and violence.

n “Daughter of the Wolf,” directed by David Hackle and staring Gina Carano, Richard Dreyfus, Brendan Fehr ad Sydelle Noel. A military veteran struggles to rescue her son from his kidnappers in the wintry wilderness. She eschews assistance from the police and takes justice into her own hands by holding one of the kidnappers at gunpoint and forcing him to betray his allies.

This film is rated R for language and violence.

The synopsis for these two films comes from redbox.com.

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