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Review: Spike Lee at his peak, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ uses the past to explain where we are today

Review: Spike Lee at his peak, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ uses the past to explain where we are today

Before Black Lives Matter and I Can't Breathe became hashtags — before hashtags even existed — Spike Lee was making movies exploring social justice issues and savaging societal racism. "BlacKkKlansman" is his latest, and it is one of his best.

Several things are remarkable about this film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and stars a charismatic John David Washington in the mind-bending true story of an African American undercover policeman who became a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1978.

Perhaps most impressive is that the director, who's made more than 20 features and documentaries since his debut feature, 1986's...

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