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Movie Review: The Central Park Five

Posted: 15 Dec 2012 11:02 AM PST

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The Central Park Five
Written and Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon
Starring: Ed Koch, Kharey Wise, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana
Sundance Selects
Unrated | 120 minutes
Release Date: December 14, 2012

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and convicted of brutally beating and raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park.

New York Mayor Ed Koch called it the "Crime of the Century." The five each spent between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, resulting in their convictions being overturned.

Renowned for his award-winning PBS documentaries, Ken Burns has jointly produced and directed The Central Park Five with his daughter Sarah Burns, and her husband, David McMahon.

The documentary revisits the Central Park Jogger case, the NYPD's rush to judgment, an outraged public, and painfully examines the lives of the five teenagers: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise, and Yusef Salaam.

The Central Park Five is a gripping, heartbreaking, and infuriating documentary and serves to expose the myriad injustices and prejudices within our country's judicial system. These five young men were repeatedly lied to by New York City Police Department detectives and coerced into confessing to a crime with which they had no involvement [...]

$2 eBook Deal: Susanna Clarke’s ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell’

Posted: 15 Dec 2012 06:54 AM PST

Jonathan Strange

The eBook deal of the day today for the Amazon Kindle is Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell for only $1.99 (that's down 80% from the list price of $9.99).

Note, this deal is valid only for today, Saturday, December 15, 2012, until 11:59PM PST.

If you'd like to own a physical copy of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the book is also available in paperback for only $9.99 and is part of Amazon's 4-for-3 promotion, where you can purchase four select items for the price of three (see the Special Offers and Product Promotions section of the product page). There's also the trade paperback for $10.85 if you prefer [...]

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