What to watch: Skin

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Jamie Bell in Skin. (PHOTO: A24)
Jamie Bell in Skin. (PHOTO: A24)

Skin

Rating: 3/5

Biopic. Guy Nattiv, who won an Oscar for his 2018 short film with the same title and topic, directs this true-life drama about Bryon Widner (Jamie Bell), a former white-power skinhead whose body is covered in racist tattoos.

Brought up by neo-Nazis and now one of the FBI’s most wanted, a destitute Bryon wants to change his life.

With the help of African American political activist Daryle Jenkins (Luke Cage’s Mike Colter) he slowly but surely gets rid of the ink on his face and also sheds his past. The unconditional love of Julie Price (Danielle Macdonald) and her three daughters lift him up even more out of the quagmire that threatens to engulf him.

Macdonald is brilliant and completely transforms into Julie the same way she became a rapper in Patti Cake$ (2017) and a defiant beauty pageant contestant in Dumplin’ (2018).

This movie deserves your time, especially in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It’s a bit long-winded, but competent.

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