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  • Summary: Flexing is a dance style forged in far east Brooklyn, at the dead-end of a handful of subway lines. Flex dancers channel the grittiness and crime of East New York into choreographed violence with gun movements, simulated bone-breaking, and the mimicked ripping of hearts from opponent'sFlexing is a dance style forged in far east Brooklyn, at the dead-end of a handful of subway lines. Flex dancers channel the grittiness and crime of East New York into choreographed violence with gun movements, simulated bone-breaking, and the mimicked ripping of hearts from opponent's chests. Through battles dancers gain respect, craft an artistic identity, and sometimes find a sanctuary from the poverty and violence that saturates their neighborhood. No other style of street-dance is this violent, scary, or beautifully theatrical. In this purely do-it-yourself scene, creativity and ambition bring a community together around frequent dance-battle showcases that have begun to attract an international audience and may catapult the best dancers into careers in theater or film. Following a group of dancers for over two years, Flex is Kings explores the hopes and realities of this under-acknowledged and totally unfunded group of urban artists. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Apr 3, 2014
    70
    Because of the rote and typical way of organizing a dance movie around a contest, the pace and interest lag even though the images and characters are fascinating. Yet the film is worth watching because of the strong cinematography and the glimpses of strange beauty in the dance moves.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 1, 2014
    70
    The film is more an on-the-fly glimpse of the scene than a deep-dive exploration, but that doesn't make it any less electric.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 19, 2014
    50
    The movie’s great strength is the way it captures these dancers, sometimes in slow motion, as they contort their bodies in ways that don’t seem possible. When it comes to the narrative, though, the movie struggles a bit.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Mar 28, 2014
    38
    Putting aside the generic human interest, the film turns out to be shockingly deficient in its on-screen depiction of flexing.