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Spike Lee returns to Brooklyn with ‘Red Hook Summer’

Spike Lee’s homecoming: Toni Lysaith, Clarke Peters and Jules Brown star in “Red Hook Summer,” set in Brooklyn. (Photo by Winter Coleman, courtesy 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks)

Lee has come back to that place repeatedly over the years, and he returns to his home borough with “Red Hook Summer,” which opens today. It follows a boy who leaves Atlanta for a hot summer in New York, where he stays with his preacher grandfather and learns a lesson or two about humanity and spirituality. Critic Ann Hornaday calls the film an “affectionate homage to Brooklyn.”

She also sat down with Lee for a discussion about the movie and (insert shaky fist) kids today.

In honor of Lee’s homecoming, we’re taking a look back at some of the writer-director’s Brooklyn-based films. Click on the movie title for the original review and a trip down memory lane — or Fulton Street.

1989: “Do the Right Thing

1990: “Mo’ Better Blues

1994: “Crooklyn

1995: “Clockers

1998: “He Got Game

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