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'Evolution of a Criminal' a gripping return to scene of crime
'Evolution of a Criminal' a gripping return to scene of crime

Part dramatic re-creation and part confessional, the first-person documentary "Evolution of a Criminal" traces Darius Clark Monroe's seemingly abrupt path from honors high school student to teenage bank robber. Even Monroe's New York University film professors were unaware that, at age 16, he had been sentenced to five years for robbing a Houston bank of $140,000 in a bid, he says, to help his struggling parents. Addressing the actions of his younger self, the articulate Monroe revisits the scenes of the crime, going so far as to apologize to several of the customers who were at the bank that fateful day. The resulting film, on which Spike Lee came aboard as...

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