‘One Night in Miami’ Review: Film is Profoundly Relevant for Our Times

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In the third act of One Night in Miami, musician Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom, Jr.) asks his good friend Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) why he became such a serious person. “You used to be more,” Cooke says with disappointment in his voice. X responds by recalling the night they met when Cooke performed “Chain Gang” a cappella after his microphone was cut off during a concert. Standing in the back of the room, Malcolm can barely hear the vocals but he sways to the beat. 

Regina King’s feature directorial debut — styled as One Night in Miami… and which premiered at this year’s strange, mostly virtual Toronto International Film Festival — has a few of these small, character-revealing scenes scattered throughout, giving us some much-needed space within the confinements of her chamber piece. The film, based on…

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