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Family Movie Review: The Central Park Five (NR)

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MPAA Rating: NR          Length: 119 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 15+. The documentary is about a brutal rape and attack in New York City in 1989 and the ensuing racial tensions afterward, so that background may be too much for young teens. But older teens interested in social issues will be engaged; there is some profanity and violent images.

Ken Burns’s latest documentary, ‘The Central Park Five,’ raises questions about the media, race, truth, and justice, and how those four things can get very confused in a very short amount of time. With a simmering, angry tone and a sense of revenge, ‘The Central Park Five’ makes the case for a guilty verdict gone extremely wrong.

By Roxana Hadadi

Ken Burns is known for his documentaries about way-back-when, like the Civil War and Prohibition. But with his latest, “The Central Park Five,” Burns goes back to only a little more than 20 years ago, to the night of April 19, 1989, and how one horribly violent act against a defenseless woman sent police, media, and the entire country into a tailspin of racism and rage. “The Central Park Five” has an agenda, but Burns and fellow directors Sarah Burns (Ken’s daughter) and David McMahon (Sarah’s husband) are clear about it: The five teens who were arrested for the crime were then coerced into confessing and spent years of their lives unnecessarily in jail. And New York City is to blame.

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