Coins for Christmas

Release Date:  12/16/18; TV One
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Jamal Hill
Studio(s):   Swirl Films, TV One
Cast:  Essence Atkins (Madison), Stephen Bishop (Alec), Tyla Harris (Chloe), Caleb T. Thomas (Jackie), Candice Harris (Laney), Karon Riley (Jake), Little JJ (Rex), Andrew Rush (Ryan), Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson (Hank).

Story:   Single mom Madison finds herself scraping pennies together two weeks before Christmas after the IRS freezes her bank account, her ex fails to come through with any help and her boss fires her. Desperate to pay bills and buy gifts for her teenage children, Madison jumps into the ever-popular “gig economy.” That’s when she meets and eventually gets hired by obnoxious, sidelined former pro football player Alec Darby, also secretly on the verge of going broke. This odd couple butts heads time and time again, but they eventually forge a friendship. And, to their surprise, they learn a lot about themselves and teach one another how to be better people.  Source:  TV One.

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Slice

Release Date:  1/29/19; DVD (2018 Release Date)
Genre:  Comedy/Crime
Rating:  R
Director:  Austin Vesely
Studio(s):  Frehand, N2ition Cinema, A24
Running Time:  83 mins.
Cast:  Zazie Beetz (Astrid), Chance the Rapper/Chance Bennett (Dax), Rae Gray (Sadie), Tim Decker (Mike), Will Brill (Bradley).
Story:  In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors (Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper) set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree.  Source:  A24 Films.

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The Intruder

a/k/a Motivated Seller

Release Date: 5/3/19; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Deon Taylor
Studio(s):   Screen Gems, Hidden Empire Film Group, Primary Wave Entertainment
Cast:  Dennis Quaid (Charlie Peck), Michael Ealy (Scott Russell), Meagan Good (Annie Russell), Joseph Sikora (Mike)

Story:   A psychological thriller about a young married couple who buy a beautiful Napa Valley house on several acres of land only to find that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.  Source:  IMDB.

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American Soul

Premier Date:  2/5/2019
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Studio(s):  Jesse Collins Entertainment, Black Entertainment Television (BET)

Cast:  Sinqua Walls as Don Cornelius, Jason Dirden as Gerald Aims, Iantha Richardson as Tessa Lauren, Christopher Jefferson as Julius “JT” Tucker, Katlyn Nichol as Simon Clarke, Jelani Winston as Kendall Clarke, Kelly Price as Brianne Clarke, Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight, Shannon Kane as Ilsa Dejarnette, Perri Camper as Delores Cornelius.

Details:   The “hippest trip in America” is returning to the small screen with a 10-episode scripted new drama series American Soul for BET, inspired by the life and times of Soul Train creator and host, Don Cornelius.  Set in the 1970s, the show captures the behind the scenes of the iconic music-dance show that aired from 1970 to 2006 and chronicles the cast, crew and Cornelius’s rise in Hollywood.  It also depicts the fictional trio Encore and the young singers and dancers looking to break into the music industry via Soul Train.  Source:  udiscovermusic.com.

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The Equalizer 2

Release Date:  12/11/18; DVD
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  R
Director:  Antoine Fuqua
Studio(s):  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Escape Artists, Fuqua Films, Lonetree Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), ZHIV Productions
Running Time:  121 mins.
Cast:  Denzel Washington (Robert McCall), Ashton Sanders (Miles Whittaker), Pedro Pascal (Dave York), Orson Bean (Sam Rubinstein), Bill Pullman (Brian Plummer), Melissa Leo (Susan Plummer).

Story:   Sequel to the 2014 film The Equalizer, which was based on the TV series of the same name.  If you have a problem and there is nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall’s past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer — his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who’ll stop at nothing to destroy him.  Source:  Google.

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