'One Night in Miami' packs a powerful dramatic punch

By Brian Lowry.


A fascinating historical meeting of the minds provides the foundation for Regina King's impressive feature film directorial debut in "One Night in Miami," a creative extrapolation about Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke coming together in 1964. It's a small but riveting movie, anchored by a quartet of knockout performances.


Adapted by Kemp Powers from his play (he's having quite a year, having just co-directed Pixar's "Soul"), the story hinges on Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir, wh