Picks and Pans Review: Big Easy, Hard Times

updated 08/30/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/30/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (HBO, Aug. 23-24) is director Spike Lee's powerfully bitter follow-up to his great 2006 documentary about New Orleans and Katrina, When the Levees Broke. There's trouble with redevelopment, police corruption, post-traumatic stress-and, capping it all, the BP disaster, which is covered in a blistering final hour.

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