Candyman

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Release Date:   6/12/2020; In Theaters
Genre:  Horror
Rating:  TBA
Director:  Nia DaCosta
Studio(s):   Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Monkeypaw Productions
Running Time:  TBA
Cast:  Yahya Abdul-Mateen, II

Details:   There’s a new “Candyman” in town.  Jordan Peele’s retelling of the horror classic has cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the actor best known for playing Black Manta in Warner Bros.’ Aquaman, as its star.  The studio is touting the upcoming film as a “spiritual sequel” to the original. It will return to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. The original Candyman was released in 1992 and follows a graduate student who explores the legend of Candyman while writing a thesis on urban legends.  Source:  Variety, giphy.com.

Ma

Release Date:   5/31/19; In Theaters
Genre:  Horror/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Director:  Tate Taylor 
Studio(s):   Blumhouse Productions, Wyolah Films
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann/Ma, Diana Silvers as Maggie, Juliette Lewis as Maggie’s mom, Luke Evans as a local dad, Missi Pyle as his girlfriend, and McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown as Maggie’s friends.

Story:   Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s.  But good luck getting home safe.  Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.  She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.”  But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.   Source:  Mamovie.com, official site.

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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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