If Beale Street Could Talk

Release Date:  11/30/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Crime/Drama
Rating:  R
Director:  Barry Jenkins
Studio(s):   Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.
Running Time:  117 mins.

Cast:  KiKi Layne (Tish Rivers), Stephan James (Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt), Regina King (Sharon Rivers), Colman Domingo (Joseph Rivers), Teyonah Parris (Ernestine Rivers), Michael Beach (Frank Hunt), Aunjanue Ellis (Mrs. Hunt), Ebony Obsidian (Adrienne Hunt).

Story:   If Beale Street Could Talk follows a pregnant woman from Harlem named Tish (Kiki Layne), whose lover (Stephan James) is falsely accused of rape. When Tish finds out she is pregnant while James’ character Fonny is in prison, she races against the clock with help from her family and her lawyer to find evidence to exonerate Fonny.  Based on the novel by James Baldwin  Source:  Variety.

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Nappily Ever After

Release Date:  9/21/18; Netflix
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Haifaa Al-Mansour
Studio(s):   Netflix, Marc Platt Productions
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Sanaa Lathan (Violet Jones), Ricky Whittle (Clint), Ernie Hudson (Richard Jones), Camille Guaty (Wendy), Lynn Whitfield (Paulette Jones), Lyriq Bent (Will).

Story:   Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) has a seemingly perfect life — a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless coiffure.  But after a life-changing event doesn’t go according to her plan, and a hair-raising incident at the hairdresser, her life begins to unravel. Eventually, Violet realizes that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted.  Source:  Blackfilm.

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Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends

Release Date:  2/21/2020 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Director:  Josh Webber
Studio(s):   Shakir Entertainment Management, Unmanned Media, Webber Films

Cast:  Parker McKenna Posey (Shiloh), Jo Marie Payton (Mrs. Dumas), Paula Jai Parker (Victoria), Mariann Gavelo (Reese Garcia), Gary LeRoi Gray (Joshua), Kristinia DeBarge (Jasmine). Tyler Abron (Taylor), Vincent, Booker Anderson (Darrin)

Story:   Longtime friends Taylor, Reese, Mateo, Victoria, Darrin, and Marshawn have known one another for several years, as they all met in college.  Taylor, who was a college cheerleader, met her boyfriend, Marshawn, when he played football for the University. Reese and Mateo dated throughout college, got married three years ago, and have two children. Darrin was the friend who always had jokes and was the life of the party. Victoria is a true Southern belle and has her friends’ and family’s best interests at heart.

All have been doing well since college with careers in the NFL and the TV/film industry, on Wall Street, and in the legal profession. When they embark on a weekend getaway to a beach house in the Hamptons, all hell will break loose as there are secrets even in friendship…  Source:  Dread Central.