Burning Sands

Release Date:  1/24/17 (Sundance Film Festival); 3/10/17 (Netflix) Genre:   Drama Rating:  NR Running Time:  105 mins. Director:   Gerard McMurray Studio:   Mandalay Pictures Cast:  Trevor Jackson (Zurich), Alfre Woodard (Professor Hughes), Steve Harris (Dean Richardson), Tosin Cole (Frank), DeRon Horton (Square), Trevante Rhodes (Fernander), Serayah (Angel), Imani Hakim (Rochon). Story:   In his freshman year of college,…

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Crown Heights

a/k/a Darker Than Blue Release Date:  (2017) Genre:  Drama Rating:  NR Running Time:  94 mins. Director:  Matt Ruskin Studio(s):   Iam21 Entertainment, Washington Square Films, Black Maple Films. Cast:  Keith Stanfield (Colin Warner), Nnamdi Asomugha (Carl King), Natalie Paul (Antoinette), Bill Camp (William Robedee), Nestor Carbonell (Bruce Regenstreich). Story:  On April 10, 1980, a shot rang…

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Dayveon

Release Date:   1/19/17; Sundance Film Festival Genre:  Drama Rating:  NR Running Time:  75 mins. Director:  Amman Abbasi Studio:   Mama Bear Studios, Muskat Filmed Properties, Rough House Pictures, Salem Street Entertainment, Symbolic Exchange. Cast:  Devin Blackmon (Dayveon), Dontrell Bright (Brian), Lachion Buckingham (Mook), Kordell Johnson (Brayden), Chasity Moore (Kim), Marquell Manning (Country). Story:  In the wake…

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Roxanne Roxanne

Release Date:  3/23/18; Netflix (2017 – original release date) Genre:  Drama/Biography Rating:  NR Running Time:  100 mins. Director:  Michael Larnell Studio(s):   Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, IamOTHER Entertainment, Neon. Cast:  Chanté Adams (Roxanne Shanté), Mahershala Ali (Cross), Nia Long (Ms. Peggy Gooden), Elvis Nolasco (Ray), Jermel Howard (Roland), Eden Duncan-Smith (Latifa), Tonye Patano (Ms. Denise), Sean Ringgold…

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Mudbound

Release Date:   2017 Genre:  Drama Rating:  R Running Time:  134 mins. Director:   Dee Rees Studio(s):   Armory Films, Black Bear Pictures, Elevated Films (II), MACRO, MMC Joule Films. Zeal Media. Cast:  Jason Mitchell (Ronsel Jackson), Rob Morgan (Hap Jackson), Mary J. Blige (Florence Jackson), Carey Mulligan (Laura McAllan), Jason Clarke (Henry McAllan), Garrett Hedlund (Jamie McAllan),…

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Kinky

Release Date:  10/12/18; In Theaters Genre:   Drama Rating:  NR Director:  Jean-Claude La Marre Studio(s):   Nu-Lite Entertainment, Patriot Pictures. Cast:   Robert Ri’chard (Darrin), Dawn Richard (Joyce), Vivica Fox (Dana), Gary Dourdan (Anthony),Jazsmin Lewis (Colette), Obba Babatundé (Mr. Bernard), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Bradley), Jean-Claude La Marre (Dr. Richardson), Freda Payne (Mrs. Bernard), Story:   Set in the affluent community…

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