JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH: (2021 now streaming on HBO MAX) Based on a true story, this is a timely film with a powerhouse cast. It had its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on February 1, 2021 and was lauded by critics. The movie earned 97% from 180 reviewers on the Tomatometer. You might think of Judas and The Black Messiah as a historical thriller, an insightful film well worth seeing and learning from. It is the story of Fred Hampton, the young chairman of the Illinois Black Panthers. Do not confuse the original Black Panthers with the new Black Panthers. The original Black Panther Party was founded in 1966 and dissolved in 1982. Their goals were to provide food, healthcare, and education to black people. The New Black Panther Party is a racist and anti-Semitic hate group that has hijacked the Panther name. Fred Hampton is brilliantly played by Daniel Kaluuya who received great praise and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in the horror film Get Out. Usually Barbara and I avoid revealing any information not used until late in a film. But in this case I think you should go into the film knowing that Fred Hampton was in the crosshairs of J. Edgar Hoover. In 1969, at the age of 21, he was shot and killed while sleeping by a squad of FBI agents. Howling rage against injustice and police brutality is at the film's core. It is not an easy film to watch, but is an electrifying dramatization of historical events. GRADE A