CopAholic

copaholicRelease Date:  4/4/17; DVD
Genre:  Action
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  80 mins.
Director:  Matondo Kiantandu
Studio(s):   MGFame Entertainment, Maverick Entertainment.
Cast:   Matondo Kiantandu (Detective Lee Freeman/Tim), Bret E. Benson (Detective Sam Toney/Michael), Demorian Lizana (Ray), Anastasiya Rul (Candace).

Story:  Two cops go undercover to investigate a known killer and drug dealer who hides his identity behind a ski mask. When one cop has his fiancé kidnapped and is blackmailed to turn against both sides, his partner is under pressure to kill him. Between corruption within the department and the cops themselves, they must overcome many obstacles. Will corruption prevent them from taking down enemy?  Source:  Maverick Entertainment.

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Caught Between The Two

caught-between-the-twoRelease Date:  3/28/17; DVD (2016)
Genre:   Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  72 mins.
Director(s):   LaQuan Stallworth, Frank Boni, Glenell Randolph, Gianni Marquiz
Studio(s):   L-G Entertainment, Stallworth Productions, Maverick Entertainment.

Cast:   Chinedu Oji (JaQuan), Faith Simmons (Coco), Alex West (Trevante), Ruby Lee Dove II (Taliyah), Jaye Alexander (Jasmine).

Story:   A very successful black woman named Taliyah finds out that she is in control of everything in her life except one thing. Just when Taliyah thinks her life is in the perfect place she happens to get an unexpected surprise that could cause lust to take control. With the help of two best friends, Taliyah’s search for fulfillment comes to terms in a dangerous love triangle.  Source:  Maverick Entertainment.

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Everything, Everything

everything-everything-stillRelease Date:  5/19/17
Genre:  Drama/Romance
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Stella Meghie
Studio(s):   Alloy Entertainment, Itaca Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Cast:   Amandla Stenberg (Maddy Whittier), Nick Robinson (Olly Bright), Anika Noni Rose (Dr. Whittier), Ana de la Reguera (Carla), Taylor Hickson (Kara Bright).

Story:   Based on the Young Adult novel by Nicola Yoon and starring Amandla Stenberg as Madeline Whittier, an 18-year-old who has been isolated for practically her entire life due to an immunodeficiency disease that makes everything beyond her disinfected home a threat to her life.  Madeline makes this closed-off existence more tolerable through her drawings and writing, imagining herself in places far beyond her own walls.

The girl is tended to by her strict, doctor mother (Anika Noni Rose) and a sympathetic nurse, Carla (Ana de la Reguera).  Her mother wants to protect her at all costs, which means keeping her locked away, even from temptation.  Carla doesn’t see much harm in letting a little bit of the world in, as long as it’s safe.  But “safe” maybe isn’t the right word for the new neighbor, a teen named Olly (Nick Robinson).  It’s not that he’s threatening. How dangerous can a boy with a bundt cake be?  It’s the yearning to venture further with him that could prove deadly for Madeline.  Source:  Entertainment Weekly.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Release Date:   4/22/17; HBO
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  George C. Wolfe
Studio:   Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films, HBO Films and Cine Mosaic.
Cast:  Renée Elise Goldsberry, Oprah Winfrey, Courtney B. Vance, Rose Byrne, Rocky Carroll, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Leslie Uggams, Reg E. Cathey, Reed Birney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, John Douglas Thompson, Adriane Lenox, Roger Robinson, Melvin Van Peebles.
Story:  The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman, whose cervical cancer cells were harvested without permission in 1951, and were used to create numerous medical breakthroughs – including the first immortal line of cells.  Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles Deborah’s search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of her cancerous cells changed countless lives and the face of medicine forever.  It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.  Source(s):  Deadline, We Got This Covered.

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