Movie depicts true story of KKK infiltration

Published Sep 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the drama-comedy “BlacKkKlansman” from Friday, September 14-Thursday, September 20. 

Directed by Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman” is the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who, in the early 1970s, is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague (Adam Driver) into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. The movie also stars Alec Baldwin, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, and Ryan Eggold.

At the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee was awarded “Grand Prize of the Jury” and “Prize of the Ecumenical Jury-Special Mention” for “BlacKkKlansman.” The movie was also nominated for “Best Film” at the Sydney Film Festival. The movie has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

CNN writes “It’s among Lee’s best films,” while the Chicago Sun-Times writes that “BlacKkKlansman” is “One of the best films of 2018.”

“BlacKkKlansman” runs 135 minutes and is rated R (for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references).

Admission is $7, $6 for students and military, and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., Sunday at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., and Monday-Thursday at 7:15 p.m. The Friday 4:15 and Sunday 1:15 show times will include captions for the hearing-impaired.