William Lee: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ captures the death of Fred Hampton, still a controversy 50 years later

When it comes to telling Chicago stories, big or small, it’s no secret that we Chicagoans can be hard to win over, particularly in television and movies. But the usual host of small Chicago-centric nitpicks about street names and neighborhoods takes a back seat when the subject is Fred Hampton and the climax is one of Chicago’s most notorious police raids. Thankfully the creators of “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which premieres Feb. 12 in theaters and on HBO Max, have succeeded in telling a dense, emotionally engaging story that doesn’t try too hard to feel authentically Chicago — though its …

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