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Justin Tipping's nimble East Bay drama 'Kicks' is about a lot more than sneakers

Justin Tipping's nimble East Bay drama 'Kicks' is about a lot more than sneakers

For 15-year-old Brandon (Jahking Guillory), the frizzy-haired, undersized kid protagonist of Justin Tipping’s agile feature debut “Kicks,” navigating adolescence and a rough, depressed Oakland neighborhood is like working a double shift that doesn’t pay. He’s got a status-bump goal, though, and the phrase “clothes make the man” isn’t specific enough.

Convinced his problems of being poor, picked on and ignored by girls will be solved by the holy grail for sneaker fanatics — black-and-red (or “bred”) Air Jordan 1s — Brandon scrounges enough money to buy a pair. But if you’ve seen the Italian...

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