Marshall

Release Date:  10/13/17; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama/Biography
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Reginald Hudlin
Studio:   Chestnut Ridge Productions, China Wit Media, Starlight Media, Super Hero Films, Open Road Films (II).
Cast:  Chadwick Boseman (Thurgood Marshall), Josh Gad (Sam Friedman), Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown, Keesha Sharp, Jussie Smollett, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas.

Story:  The film covers Marshall’s early years as a young lawyer tasked with defending a black chauffeur in a highly publicized sexual assault case.  Paired with young Jewish lawyer Friedman in a segregationist court, he’s forced to fight prejudice as he and Friedman work their case — which helped set the stage for the future Civil Rights Movement.  Source:  Indiewire.

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Proud Mary

Release Date:  1/12/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Babak Najafi
Studio:   Screen Gems

Cast:  Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonough, Xander Berkeley, Billy Brown, Margaret Avery, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Danny Glover.

Story:  Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Neal McDonough, Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley and Danny Glover join Henson in front of the camera, with Winston playing Danny, a streetwise kid unaware of what prompts Mary to come to his aid; Danny Glover plays Benny, Mary’s fatherly but brutally unforgiving boss; Billy Brown is Tom, Benny’s son, a fellow professional who was once romantically involved with Mary; Neal McDonough is a well-manicured killer primed to be sacrificed to maintain peace; Margaret Avery is Benny’s wise, refined wife; and Xander Berkeley is the drug-dealing sadist Mary eradicates, provoking an all-out turf war.  Source:  Shadow & Act; Photo Source:  The Wrap.

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Girls Trip

Release Date:  7/21/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  R
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Studio(s):   Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions.
Cast:  Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Tiffany Haddish, Deborah Ayorinde, Kofi Siriboe.

Story:  When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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Halfway

Release Date:  4/21/17; UMC
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  103 mins.
Director:  Ben Caird

Studio:   JP International Productions, RLJ Entertainment, Urban Movie Channel (UMC).

Cast:  Marcus Henderson (Paulie), Amy Pietz (Beth), Jeffrey DeMunn (Walt), Gillian Zinser (Eliza), Quinton Aaron (Byron).

Story:  The story of a recently released convict who faces the conflict of enduring ties with his old criminal world while struggling to adapt to life on probation as the only black man in a conservative white farm town.  Source:  Official site, halfwayfilm.com.

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Detroit

Release Date:  8/4/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Based on Actual Events
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Kathryn Bigelow
Studio:  Annapurna Pictures, First Light Production, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Cast:  John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Hannah Murray, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Joseph David-Jones, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Jeremy Strong, and Laz Alonso.

Story:  Profiles the story of the infamous Detroit riot of 1967.  The film features an ensemble cast of characters to tell the story of why so many citizens decided to rise up, and how the riot expanded so quickly to become so massive that the President had to send in federal troops to get things under control.  Source:  Firstshowing.net.

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Deuces

Release Date:  April 2017; Netflix
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  TV-MA
Running Time:  87 mins.
Director:  Jamal Hill
Studio:   Flavor Unit Entertainment, Netflix.

Cast: Larenz Tate (Deuces), Meagan Good (Janet Foster), Rotimi (Face), Rick Gonzalez (Papers), La La Anthony (Detective Diaz), Lance Gross (Jason), Antonique Smith (Tanya).

Story:  Detective Jason Foster goes undercover to take down a crime ring that has been impenetrable by the police department for years. However, Foster finds himself drawn in by the unique persona of ringleader Stephen “Deuces” Brooks and the dual life that he leads. The mission is further complicated when Janet Foster also falls under Deuce’s spell.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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Illicit

Release Date:  5/23/17 (VOD & DVD)
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  120 mins.
Director:  Corey Grant
Studio(s):   New Breed Entertainment, Breaking Glass Pictures
Cast:  David Ramsey, Shireen Crutchfield, Mckinley Freeman, Michele Weaver, Lanett Tachel, Tank, Essence Atkins, Dionne Gipson, Dean Cain, Vivica A. Fox.

Story:  Sasha and Guy’s marriage is tested when they are independently seduced by sexy, young lovers, both with dark pasts and hidden nefarious agendas.  Source:  Official Site, Illicitmovie.com.

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