John Turturro

Fight The Power

Fight The Power

Do the Right Thing

Directed by Spike Lee

Plays at the Charles TheateR Aug. 23, 25, and 28

It’s been 25 years since Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” hit screens, ignited debate, and solidified Lee as a major filmmaker. Even a quarter century later, the film itself remains one of cinema’s great cultural touchstones and discussion pieces. Frankly, running a review didn’t make much sense. But getting two local writers—a 50-year-old white film critic and a 33-year-old black cultural critic—to have a dialogue about one of the most important films ever made? Now you’re talking.

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