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One Night in Miami (2020)

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Critic Consensus: A hauntingly powerful reflection on larger-than-life figures, One Night in Miami finds Regina King in command of her craft in her feature directorial debut.

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Set on the night of February 25, 1964, One Night in Miami follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay -- unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws -- instead spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in one of Miami's historically black neighborhoods celebrating with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people. In One Night in Miami, Powers explores what happened during these pivotal hours through the dynamic relationship between the four men and the way their friendship, paired with their shared struggles, fueled their path to becoming the civil rights icons they are today.

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One Night in Miami is undoubtedly timely and the men whose lives it depicts are clearly compelling. But this is not enough to carry the film, and it ultimately fails to pack a punch.

October 13, 2020 | Full Review…

King's the greatest.

October 13, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A resonant film that finds the humanity inside the supermen.

September 18, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Regina King's impressive directorial feature debut is a searing take on American race relations adapted by Kemp Powers from his celebrated stage play. It packs an almighty punch.

September 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Through these characterizations, One Night In Miami... offers up a portrait not only of the conflicts and contradictions of the civil rights movement at that exact moment in history but also the nuances of Black masculinity then and now.

September 11, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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A powerful dramatic work about four of the most important figures of the 20th century meeting at a career crossroads.

September 11, 2020 | Full Review…

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