True to the Game

Release Date:  9/8/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Preston A. Whitmore, II
Studio:   Imani Motion Pictures

Cast:  Erica Peeples (Gena Hollins), Vivica A. Fox (Shoog), Nelsan Ellis (Tyrik), Malcolm David Kelley (Black), Jennifer Freeman (Lita), Columbus Short (Quadir Richards), Nafessa Williams (Sahirah), Andra Fuller (Jerrell), Draya Michele (Cherelle), Starletta DuPois (Gah-Git).

Story:  Based on the novel of the same name written by Teri Woods. The film is about a charismatic drug lord, played by Columbus Short, who falls for a young girl from Philadelphia. He begins planning a way out of the crime world with his love for her, but tragedy strikes just as he is about to start his new life.  Source:  Firstshowing.net.

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A Question of Faith

Release Date:  9/29/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Faith Based
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Kevan Otto
Studio(s):   Silver Lining Entertainment, Pure Flix Entertainment

Cast:  Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell, Greg Alan Williams, Jaci Velasquez, Renee O’Connor and T.C. Stallings.

Story:  Faith-based drama revolves around three families from different cultures who live in the same community; they are complete strangers living vastly separate lives until a texting-and-driving accident thrusts them onto converging paths where they discover God’s love, forgiveness, grace and mercy.

Pastor David Newman is a loving husband and father, set to take over his dad’s church while neglecting the promises he’s made to his 12-year-old son, Eric.  Kate Hernandez is a spiritually driven single-parent and owner of a local restaurant. Her daughter Maria is a free-spirited teenager aspiring to be the first in her family to go to college.  John Danielson is the owner of a failing construction company who sees his daughter Michelle’s fledgling singing career as a way out of financial trouble. The lives of these strangers collide when two twists of fate strike back to back. The first: while texting and driving in her car, Maria accidentally hits Eric, which lands Maria in jail and leaves Eric’s family with an unthinkable dilemma. The second: while auditioning for a major record label, Michelle collapses, leading to a discovery about her health which rocks the very foundation of her father’s dream.

All three families find themselves at a crossroads, questioning their faith and the higher power that guides their lives. As each family member deals with their issues, their worlds start to intertwine. This leads to a chain of events which unknowingly brings the three families closer and closer together.  Source:  official site.

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Canal Street

Release Date:  2/1/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Rhyan LaMarr
Studio(s):   BondIt, Canal Street, NYC Films, Red Guerilla Productions, Smith Global Media
Cast:  Mykelti Williamson (Jackie Styles), Bryshere Y. Gray (Kholi Styles), Clayne Crawford (Brian), Yancey Arias (D. J. Wado), Lance Reddick (Jerry Shaw), Mekhi Phifer (Prosecutor A.J. Canton), Michael Beach (Ronald Morgan), Harry Lennix (DJ Terrance Palmer).

Story:  The story centers on a father and his teenage son who uproot from the South Side of Chicago and move to Winnetka after a death in the family.  The fish-out-of-water lead-up in Canal Street — moving from the South Side and readjusting to life in Winnetka — is something of a fake-out, and the story soon takes an entirely different turn.  Writer-director Rhyan LaMarr states, “The son, his name is Kholi, eventually befriends Brian, a jock at the school. They end up getting invited to a homecoming party, and Kholi brings some of his friends from the old neighborhood. At the end of the night, kids being kids, they’ve been drinking, Kholi gives Brian a ride home, and then he’s going to drop his friends from the South Side off at the Red Line.

Halfway to the train, he realizes Brian has left his wallet in the car, so he turns around and he’s headed back to drop the wallet off when he sees a body lying in front of the house — and it’s Brian. Kholi’s friends are like, ‘It’s 3 o’clock in the morning and we’re in the wrong neighborhood — we need to leave.’ But Kholi, being the guy he is, says, ‘I’m not going to leave him like this’ … and in a matter of minutes, Kholi is pinned for the murder.”  Kholi’s father is an attorney and takes up his son’s case.   Source:  Chicago Tribune.

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Widows

Release Date:  11/16/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Steve McQueen
Studio(s):   See-Saw Films, Film 4, New Regency Pictures,
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Cast:   Viola Davis,  Andre Holland, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell.

Story:  Remake of Lynda La Plante‘s 1983 British miniseries of the same name.  Tells the story of a group of armed thieves who are killed during a botched robbery. In the wake of their husbands’ deaths, the thieves’ wives band together to finish the job the men in their lives couldn’t successfully complete.  Source:  Slashfilm. Photo Source: Blackfilm.

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a/k/a Inner City

Release Date:  11/3/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Crime
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Dan Gilroy
Studios:   Bron Creative, Cross Creek Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Cast:  Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel), Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo.
Story:  Concerns an idealistic defense attorney with strong morals, who is dedicated to helping those who are socially oppressed. He’s offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime partner, but he then takes on a case that has life-altering repercussions.  Source:  Screen Rant.

‘Til Death Do Us Part

Release Date:  9/29/17 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Chris Stokes
Studio:   Footage Films

Cast:  Taye Diggs (Alex), Annie Ilonzeh (Madison/Kate), Malik Yoba (Rob), Stephen Bishop (Michael), Robinne Lee (Chelsea).

Story:  Michael & Madison Roland, had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, until one day Michael’s controlling ways turned their perfect marriage, into an abusive rollercoaster no woman could survive. With the help of her best friend, Madison decides to get away. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone and learns to love again. All is well, until Michael discovers Madison’s whereabouts, and recreates the nightmare she once lived all over again.  Source:  Flickeringmyth.

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Breaking Brooklyn

Release Date:   12/1/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Paul Becker
Studio:   Opposite Field Pictures
Cast:  Louis Gossett, Jr. (Miles Bryant), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Greg Bryant), Nathan Kress (Albee Davis), Jack Noseworthy (Christian), Brian Tarantina (Randy Davis).

Story:  A homeless young dancer and his brother are taken in by an old Broadway showman when their father is arrested.  When one of the young men learns that their new guardian could lose his theatre, they enter a dance contest to save it.  Source:  Screendaily.

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