Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
The latest Spike Lee joint is a biopic of one cop who led one of the most fantastic crime cases in American history. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) became the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth sets his sights on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the revitalizing Ku Klux Klan.
The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Mishawaka’s own Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation. 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, a makeover whose relevance to the current revitalization of the Klan and similar groups is heard not through dog whistles but through Lee’s bullhorn.