The Best Films of 2015
A masterful re-telling of the true story behind the formation of famous L.A. hip-hop group, N.W.A.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the fascinating film "Straight Outta Compton" is that this biography of the five guys who made up the hip-hop/rap group N.W.A. back in 1986 proves that little has changed in the past 30 years when it comes to being young, male and black in America. As the story of how Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren got together and changed the way the world listened to music unfolds, there are numerous scenes of the group being harassed by the police, simply for being black in the wrong place, events that seemingly continue to happen across the United States today. That's one element of this absorbing movie that shows, mistakes and all, how the group scraped out of the poverty of one of Southern California's most notorious neighborhoods to become worldwide music stars. It's well acted and well told — even if hip-hop and rap are not your cup of musical tea.