Reunited

reunitedRelease Date:   9/27/16; DVD
(Original Release Date:  2011)
Genre:  Romance/Inspirational
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  84 mins.
Director:  Priscilla Adams
Studio:   Maverick Entertainment Group
Cast:  Kenneth McDonald (Broderick White), Priscilla Adams (Angel), Dondria Fields.

Story:  Angel Adams is independent, beautiful and successful and has everything a woman wants, except a man.  Could that change when her high school crush returns to town? Separated by a twist of fate over 10 years ago, they’ve now been given a second chance. Caught up in a whirlwind romance, Angel lets her guard down, and opens her heart to Broderick, but their romance comes to a skidding halt as they are forced to face one of the most critical, yet TABOO issues facing our world today.  Is a life together worth the risk…or out of the question?  Source(s):  Maverick Entertainment; Amazon.

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Barry

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Release Date:  2016
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  104 mins.
Director:  Vikram Gandhi
Studio(s):  Cinetic Media, Black Bear Pictures
Cast:  Devon Terrell (Barack Obama), Anya Taylor-Joy (Charlotte), Avi Nash (Saleem), Jason Mitchell (PJ), Ellar Coltrane (Will), Ashley Judd.

Story:  Set in New York City, in 1981, and inspired by true events, Barry tells the story of a young Barack Obama as he tries to find his way as a college student in a new city, while faced with questions about race, culture and identity during what would be a crucial year in the future President’s life.  Source(s):  Shadow & Act, The Hollywood Reporter.

King Of The Dancehall

king-of-the-dancehallRelease Date:  9/11/16; Toronto International Film Festival
Genre:   Drama/Music
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  100 mins.
Director:  Nick Cannon
Cast:  Nick Cannon (Tarzan Brixton), Donovan ‘Dada’ Davidson (Colin Harper), Whoopi Goldberg (Loretta Brixton), Louis Gossett, Jr. (The Bishop), Beenie Man, Busta Rhymes (Allestar ‘All Star Toasta’).

Story:   Nick Cannon’s feature film musical centers on a young man from Brooklyn named Tarzan (Cannon) who hatches a plan centered on marijuana to pay for his mother’s medical bills.  Tarzan travels to Jamaica where he meets up with his cousin (Busta Rhymes) and falls into the Jamaican dancehall music scene.  The fast-paced soundtrack includes Beenie Man, who also narrates the film.  Dancehall is a love letter to Jamaican music complemented with amazingly choreographed dance sequences that amount to physical poetry.  Source(s):  Indiewire; IMDB.

 

Moonlight

moonlightRelease Date:  10/21/16; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  110 mins.
Director:  Barry Jenkins
Studio:   A24, Plan B Entertainment
Cast:  Trevante Rhodes (Black), Mahershala Ali (Juan), Naomie Harris (Paula), André Holland (Kevin), Janelle Monáe (Teresa).

Story:  The story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.  Source:  Big Screen.

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Message From The King

message-from-the-kingRelease Date:   2016
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  R
Running Time:  142
Director:  Fabrice Du Welz
Studio:   Entertainment One Features
Cast:  Chadwick Boseman (Jacob King), Teresa Palmer (Kelly), Luke Evans (Wentworth), Tom Felton (Frankie).
Story:  Chadwick Boseman stars as a man from South Africa who has suddenly lost all contact with his younger sister and travels to Los Angeles only to find evidence that she has gotten involved in the city’s dark underbelly. He then takes it upon himself to avenge her.  Source(s):  The Hollywood Reporter.

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A United Kingdom

a-united-kingdomRelease Date:   2016
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  105 mins.
Director:  Amma Asante
Studio(s):   Film United, Harbinger Pictures, Pathé, Perfect Weekend, Yoruba Saxon Productions.

Cast David Oyelowo (Seretse Khama), Rosamund Pike (Ruth Williams Khama), Jack Lowden (Tony Benn), Terry Pheto (Naledi Khama), Vusi Kunene (Tshekedi Khama), Jack Davenport, Tom Felton (Rufus Lancaster).

Story:  Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.  Source:  IMDB.

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