Of Mind and Music

Of Mind and Music

a/k/a Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind

Release Date:  2/12/16 (In Theaters); 3/29/16 (DVD); 2014
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  PG-13
Running Time:  97 mins.
Studio(s):  Monterey Video; Una Vida Productions
Director:  Richie Adams

Cast:  Joaquim de Almeida (Dr. Alvaro Cruz), Aunjanue Ellis (Una Vida), Bill Cobbs (Stompleg), Ruth Negga (Jessica), Sharon Lawrence (Angela Cruz), Andre Royo (Kenny).

Story:  A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous. Sources: IMDB; Shadow & Act.

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Keanu

KeanuRelease Date: 4/29/16; In theaters
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Warner Bros., New Line Cinema
Director: Peter Atencio
Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Luis Guzmán, Will Forte, Nia Long, Method Man
Story:  Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands. Source: JoBlo.

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The Perfect Match

The Perfect MatchRelease Date:  3/11/16 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Studio(s):  Jorva Entertainment Productions, Lionsgate, Codeblack Films, Flavor Unit Entertainment
Director:  Bille Woodruff

Cast:  Terrence Jenkins (Charlie), Paula Patton (Sherry), Kali Hawk (Karen), Lauren London (Ginger), Brandy Norwood (Avatia), Cassie Ventura (Eva), Donald Faison (Rick), Robert Christopher Riley (Victor), Dascha Polanco (Pressie).

Story:  Charlie (Terrence Jenkins) is a playboy who’s convinced that relationships are dead even though his sister (Paula Patton), a therapist, tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he’s bound to fall in love. Charlie takes the bet because he believes that he’s immune to love… until he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Cassie Ventura). Turning on his irresistible charm, Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair but soon finds out that Eva has turned the tables on him. Now Charlie is questioning whether he may actually want more than just a one-night stand. Source(s): Flickeringmyth.

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Coco

Azealia BanksRelease Date:  3/11/16 (In Theaters; Limited)
Genre:   Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Codeblack Films, Lionsgate, Spoken Productions.
Director:  RZA

Cast:  Common (Coltrane), Azealia Banks (Coco), John David Washington (Mahlik), Hana Mae Lee (Julie), Lorraine Toussaint (Nichelle), Jill Scott (Professor Dixon).

Story:  Coco (Azealia Banks) dreams of pursuing a hip-hop career, but is persuaded by her parents to finish college. In a poetry class, she is transfixed by “the power of the spoken word,” developing a verbal strength that ends up propelling her toward her rap goals.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Scott will play a “a professor who believes that rapping and slam poetry cannot co-exist;” Toussaint will reportedly play Coco’s mother, and Common will appear as a “mentor figure.”

Source:  Rolling Stone; Photo Source:  Billboard/Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images.

1982

1982Release Date:  3/1/16; DVD (2013)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  R
Running Time:  90 mins.
Studio(s):  Black Squirrel Films, Confluential Films, Lionsgate.
Director: Tommy Oliver
Cast:  Hill Harper (Tim Brown), Bokeem Woodbine (Scoop), Sharon Leal (Shenae Brown),  La La Anthony (Neecy), Omar Benson Miller (T. K. Williams), Quinton Aaron (Turtle),  Wayne Brady (Alonzo), Elise Neal (Stacy), Ruby Dee (Rose Brown), Troi Zee (Maya).

Story:  When a government assassin is asked to do one last hit before retiring for good, he finds himself befriending the target and falling in love with the target’s wife and sister. When the agency finds out that he may not execute the mission as planned, it becomes a game of cat and mouse as he decides the fate of his new friend and the woman he truly loves…..who also has a dark secret. Sources: IMDB; Amazon.

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The Last Assignment

The Last AssignmentRelease Date:  2/9/16; DVD (2014)
Genre:  Action
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  79 mins.
Studio(s):  The Peoples Network, Maverick Entertainment Group.
Director(s):  Bobby Peoples, Renee Peoples.
Cast: Courtney Nichole, Derex Moore, Troy Bland, Embri Ocha, Andrea Kantargis

Story:  When a government assassin is asked to do one last hit before retiring for good, he finds himself befriending the target and falling in love with the target’s wife and sister. When the agency finds out that he may not execute the mission as planned, it becomes a game of cat and mouse as he decides the fate of his new friend and the woman he truly loves…..who also has a dark secret. Source(s): Maverick Entertainment.

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City of Vultures

a/k/a Vulture City

City of Vultures

Release Date:  2/9/16; DVD (2015)
Genre:  Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time:  97 mins.
Studio(s):  My Dream Entertainment; Uncork’d Entertainment
Director:  Marcus Carothers
Cast:  Marcus Carothers, Turion Wilson, Guadalís Del Carmen.
Story:  Inside an impoverished community in Chicago, Marcus, an ex-convicted felon returns from prison after eight years 0f incarceration. A product of a failed family structure, Marcus, like so many others in his community, functioned under a street-code of savagery. The “Gangster Disciples” governed the territories, and as a former member he lived in ongoing regret of the mob-related acts that led him to prison.

His determination to fit into common society is partnered with his first love, Shonna. Once a sheltered young lady of stern upbringing, Shonna experienced atrocities as a pre-teen which later led to promiscuity and prostitution. Marcus’s release from prison was her breath of hope.

They reunite on a quest to bury their darkened past and experience the fruits of the American Dream by escaping the realm of Chicago city streets.  Sources:  Amazon; IMDB.

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