Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★

An altogether more successful venture than last month's 'straight to HBO Max' debut, "Judas and the Black Messiah" is a historical drama enlivened by a thriller's propulsive pacing and another magnetic performance from "Get Out's" Daniel Kaluuya. Perhaps the only thing holding the film back from greatness is that the story's anchor, LaKeith Stanfield, is barely there on the page; as though the filmmakers are cautious about staking a claim regarding his motivations, instead encouraging us to...watch a documentary.

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