Devil in a Blue Dress

Devil in a Blue Dress ★★★★

The plot is nothing remarkable but the all the details that gild it are terrific: the slices of Black life in postwar LA, the remarkably resonant racial divisions, the architecture of the other side of town. Washington is phenomenal and so is Cheadle; Beals doesn’t get a lot to do but she’s fully believable in her role. It’s pretty sad and infuriating that this didn’t do well and never got a sequel.

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