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'Straight Outta Compton': Assault victim Dee Barnes remembers a less heroic Dr. Dre

'Straight Outta Compton': Assault victim Dee Barnes remembers a less heroic Dr. Dre

One of the virtues of a movie such as "Straight Outta Compton" is that it deals with a past not too far gone. Films that try too hard to capture the current moment can feel forced (see under: Middle East action dramas circa the mid-2000s), while movies that go too far back can come off as dusty, especially those with a pop-culture spin. But "Compton" -- which primarily tells the story of a young N.W.A and its members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E in the Los Angeles of a quarter-century ago -- strikes a better balance. It's told from a certain perspective-engendering distance, yet its subjects are not only still relevant, but still very much around.   ...

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