Column: To understand why some Black men support Trump, start with Ice Cube. The soundtrack of the film, with a score by Marc Shaiman, featured two versions of the Billy Taylor composition "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" – one sung by Dionne Farris and the other by Nina Simone – as well as numbers by Muddy Waters, Tony Bennett, Robert Johnson and B.B. In 1989, Evers' widow Myrlie, who had been trying to bring De La Beckwith to justice for over 25 years, believed she had what it takes to bring him to trial again. Doing the liveliest job is Woods, who appears initially as the young murderous Beckwith and then, with the aid of hours of makeup, as the 73-year-old accused. "Ghosts" resembles Reiner's "A Few Good Men." Running time: 123 minutes. The complete list of L.A. Times’ endorsements in the November 2020 election. And though early publicity indicated that the first third of the film would deal with Medgar Evers’ life and death, as it now stands “Ghosts of Mississippi” relegates that story to a brief prelude. Unable to resist making things feel pat and obvious, the filmmakers have taken the drama out of what should be a riveting scenario, leaving nothing for an audience to become involved with. He draws Beckwith as a man who thinks he is foxy and cagey, but constantly reveals himself as an ungodly fool. But in 1989 evidence of possible jury tampering leads Evers’ widow, Myrlie (Whoopi Goldberg), to press for a new trial. Even so, Rob Reiner's movie about the belated conviction of Medgar Evers' killer could have punched home its points more powerfully. But two all-white male Mississippi juries couldn’t reach a verdict on his guilt or innocence, and the mistrials left him a free man. Reiner and Colick focus on their hero, Bobby DeLaughter (pronounced Duh LAUT-ur). But with the help of investigator Charlie Crisco (William H. Macy), DeLaughter turns up a thing or two and presses onward, despite the initially lukewarm support of Myrlie Evers, who isn’t sure how much she can trust this son of the South who even has a wife named Dixie. Coronavirus in Florida is out of control; Connecticut needs to start paying attention, SCSU diver from Meriden, Jaylon Nixon, killed in car crash, Shopping malls already faced a rough road in an online world, but the coronavirus pandemic made it even rockier. Ice Cube’s thought process, an odd mix of obliviousness and entitlement, helps explain why Trump has an in with a demographic that should oppose him. The assistant DA must contend both with the past and with the widow, who mistrusts him. The two films share many plot elements--implacable racists, courtroom confrontations, bomb threats to the hero’s home, a blond wife who lacks her husband’s high ideals--but “Ghosts” has smothered the potential emotion in reverence and self-righteousness. What issues are on the ballot in California and Los Angeles County. This does not prove to be easy. Production design Lily Kilvert. Music Marc Shaiman. GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI, directed by Rob Reiner; written by Lewis Colick; cinematographer, John Seale; music composed by Marc Shaiman; production designer, Lilly Kilvert; costumes designed by Gloria Gresham; edited by Robert Leighton; produced by Reiner, Frederick Zollo, Nicholas Paleologos and Andrew Scheinman; executive producers, Jeffrey Stott and Charles Newirth. It’s a further measure of how Hollywoodized this story has become that “Ghosts of Mississippi” plays like “A Time to Kill” on Prozac. Medgar Evers was an African-American civil rights activist in Mississippi murdered on June 12, 1963. "The Mississippi River to this day...the bottom is literally paved with wrecks of boats and unfortunate steamships, flat boats, and keel boats." Almost every piece of physical evidence has disappeared, there isn’t even a copy of the original trial transcripts, and Beckwith’s alibi witnesses stand by their stories.