Chance the Rapper gives out free tickets to ‘Marshall’

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Chance the Rapper announced on Twitter on Friday that he will give away tickets to see Marshall at two Chicago movie theaters.

The rapper said he has purchased tickets for all Marshall screenings at the theaters on Friday. The film is about a case handled by Thurgood Marshall early in his career, before he became the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Chicago Sun-Times has a story.

A second tweet by Chance suggested those who are interested should show up at 3 p.m. “It’s all day, but the later it gets, the more people talk about it, the more seats get filled,” he tweeted. “Come to the one at 3 p.m. I’m good at surprise and stuff.”

A New York Times review says the film revisits the case “with economy, a bit of gauzy nostalgia and likable performances.” The movie is about a 1941 case in which Marshall and another lawyer defended a black butler accused of raping the wealthy woman for whom he worked, and then trying to kill her by pushing her off a bridge.

Rolling Stone calls the movie “a fiercely entertaining film, but not a great one” that nonetheless “gives us an electrifying glimpse of a great man in the making.”

See also:

ABA Journal: “A Thurgood Marshall trial comes into focus through Connecticut lawyer’s screenplay”

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