Atone

Release Date:  2/26/19; VOD & DVD
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Wes Miller
Studio(s):   Sweet Unknown Studios, Gravitas Ventures
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Jaqueline Fleming (Laura Bishop), Columbus Short (White)
Story:   Former special ops soldier, Laura Bishop, shows up for work at the largest church in America and is forced to take down a team of hijackers when she learns her daughter is trapped inside.  Source:  IMDB.com.

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All For The Money

Release Date:   2/19/19; DVD
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Quincy J. Trent
Studio(s):   Maverick Entertainment Group
Running Time:  106 mins.

Cast:  Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith, Maisha R. Carter.

Story:   All for the Money…a not so every day love story of when opposites attract. When 67-year-old Eddie Wilson, who lives in his mom’s basement, meets thirty something, hot and classy real estate agent Simone Washington on the “lasttryforyou.com” dating website, it seemed like love at first site. Or at least for him. In a scheme to try to get more internet buzz, the executives at the website give Eddie Wilson one week to convince Simone to marry him. If he succeeds, he wins $500,000 dollars. Of course, they don’t think he has what it takes. Well, does he?  Source:  Maverick Entertainment Group.

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Juanita

Release Date:  3/8/19; Netflix
Genre:  Drama/Romance
Rating:  TV-MA
Director:  Clark Johnson
Studio(s):   Homegrown Pictures, Netflix.
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Alfre Woodard (Juanita), Adam Beach, Ashlie Atkinson (Peaches), Blair Underwood, Lindsley Register (Candice), LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Gil Birmingham.

Story:   At forty-one, Juanita Lewis is running away from home, courtesy of a one-way ticket to Montana, a place that seems about as far away from the violence and poverty of the Columbus, Ohio, projects as the moon.  She wants adventure and excitement–if such things exist for a pre-menopausal African-American woman with three grown, deadbeat children.

Juanita’s new life in Paper Moon, Montana, begins at a local diner where a culinary face-off with chef and owner Jess Gardiner finds Juanita in front of Jess’s stove serving up home cookin’ that lures the townsfolk like a magic spell. And suddenly Juanita, who was just passin’ through, now has a job by popular demand.

Out here in this wide-open space, Juanita’s heart can no longer hide, especially when she sees herself through the eyes of the wonderful and eccentric people of this down-to-earth town.  She’s happy in Paper Moon; she’s found a home, but can she stay?  And then there’s Jess.  She has always dreamed of romance, but she never planned on falling in love.  The film is based on Sheila Williams’ book Dancing on the Edge of the Roof.  Source:  Eurweb.com.

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Jezebel

Release Date:  3/9/19; SXSW Film Festival
Genre:  Drama/LGBTQ
Rating:  NR
Director:  Numa Perrier
Studio(s):   House of Numa
Running Time:  88 mins.

Cast:  Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman, Rockwelle Dortch, Zoe Tyson, Dennis Jaffee, Jessa Zarubica.
Story:   A true story.  In the last days of her mother’s life, 19 year old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her older sister, a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of internet fetish cam girls. Tiffany becomes popular as the only “live black model” at the new adult site and soon becomes too close to one of her frequent callers. Dynamics shift in the sister relationship as each woman explores and exploits their sexuality, using their created fantasy worlds as an escape from the realities of their challenging real life circumstances. This bizarre coming of age story depicts sisterhood in a most unusual way.  Source:  sxsw.com.

Fast Color

Release Date:  3/29/19; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Sci-Fi
Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Julia Hart
Studio(s):   LD Entertainment, Original Headquarters, Codeblack Films
Running Time:  100 mins.
Cast:  Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ruth), Saniyya Sidney (Lila), David Strathairn (Ellis), Lorraine Toussaint (Bo), Christopher Denham (Bill)

Story:   Fast Color stars Mbatha-Raw as a woman who comes into her own after discovering she has superhuman abilities. When her powers are discovered, the woman is forced to abandon her family in order to protect them. Years later, her mission to remain unseen brings her back home.  Source:  Indiewire.

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Little

Release Date:  4/12/19; In Theaters
Genre:   Comedy/Fantasy
Rating:   NR
Director:  Tina Gordon
Studio(s):   Khalabo Ink Society, Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions.
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Regina Hall (Jordan Sanders), Marsai Martin (Young Jordan), Issa Rae (April), Tone Bell (Preston), Justin Hartley.

Story:   Regina Hall and Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.  Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line.  Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.  Source:  Official site, littlethemovie.com.

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High Flying Bird

Release Date:  2/8/19; Netflix
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  TV-MA
Director:  Steven Soderbergh
Studio(s):   Extension 765, Harper Road Films, Netflix
Running Time:  90 mins.
Cast:  André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Bill Duke.

Story:   When an NBA lockout sidelines his big rookie client, an agent hatches a bold plan to save their careers — and disrupt the league’s power structure.  Source:  Netflix.

 

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