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Movies

Dec. 16 film picks

The middle ground

The Central Park Five (119 min., unrated) The vicious crime that’s discussed, the Central Park jogger case, and some of the language that’s used make the film too strong for under-16s. It explores the 1989 arrest and eventual conviction of five youths, four African-American and one Latino, in New York City. They were charged with the rape and near-fatal beating of a woman in Central Park. The film briefly shows gruesome photos of the jogger’s face after the attack. Videotapes of the teenagers’ confessions include graphic language about the rape, words often put in their mouths by police detectives heard in the background. The Central Park Five themselves, in present-day interviews, occasionally use profanity.

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