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Meryl Streep in a comedic role is one of the few good things in Ricki and the Flash, and the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton sands down many of the rough corners of the groundbreaking rap group’s controversial history.
On this week’s Voice Film Club, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice along with Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly discuss those two films at length.
Also this week: Amy recommends the comedy documentary Call Me Lucky, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait; Alan suggests the Hubert Sauper documentary We Come as Friends, a turbulent story about life in the world’s newest country, South Sudan; and Stephanie encourages us to see Ten Thousand Saints, a story set in the Eighties East Village that finds a newly arrived teenager living with his dad in the changing neighborhood.
Read all of our movie reviews, essays, and interviews at villagevoice.com/film.