A penetrating and insightful ­performance from Andre Benjamin lends sufficient gravitas to John Ridley's fact-based tale of Jimi Hendrix in the year leading up to his debut at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Benjamin -- aka Andre 3000 of rap duo Outkast -- convincingly inhabits Hendrix during a largely unknown period of his life, imbuing the character with alternating currents of confidence, tumult and prescient wordplay; everything about the performance is lyrical.

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