The Workout Room

Release Date:  10/8/19 (Original Release – 2018)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Kena Monique
Studio(s):  Pigrat Productions, Stick Chick Films, Maverick Entertainment
Running Time:  81 mins.

Cast:  Joe Torry (Teejay), Tammy Townsend (Xena), Jay “Lil JJ” Lewis (Juice), Calida Jones (Anita), Torrei Hart (Kiki).

Story:  The Workout Room is a dramatic comedy about Teejay, an up and coming comedian who is given the chance of a lifetime at the cost of missing his daughter’s wedding. Xena, an educated, tell it like it is comedy promoter turned club owner is a one woman wrecking crew keeping everyone in line with her boisterous presence and edgy tongue. The Workout Room is a funny, plot driven film featuring real life stand-up comedians.  Source:  Maverick Entertainment.

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Game Day

Release Date:   10/4/19; Limited (2017 – Original Release)
Genre:   Comedy/Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  John Susman
Studio(s):   Movie Night Media, Artist View Entertainment
Running Time:  101 mins.
Cast:   Romeo Miller (Lucas), Elizabeth Alderfer (Ricki), Chris Johnson (Victor), Jerod Haynes (Trey), Antoine McKay (Sherman).

Story:   Game Day is a dramatic comedy about Ricki, a socially awkward, self-centered, tech-whiz. Spending other people’s money to create the next big technology company, she works long and crazy hours at the expense of personal relationships and impatient financial backers. When investors pull their money, Ricki’s professional and personal lives are left in ruins.  Struggling to recover, she gets an opportunity at a new technology firm. Despite her hard work, she discovers that people don’t last long in this firm unless they prove themselves a team player with work on behalf of the company’s clients and on the company’s, up till now all-male, basketball team.

Desperate to save her job, she awkwardly tries to hone her skills at a neighborhood basketball court and encounters Lucas, a street-wise high-school kid, who makes shooting hoops look easy.  When Lucas’s advice immediately pays dividends for her play, Ricki offers to pay him for lessons. Although he’s never coached a “girl” or anyone else before, Lucas agrees, sparking a relationship that ultimately changes both of their lives forever.  Source:  Official site, gamedaymovie.com.

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Miss Virginia

Release Date:  10/18/19; In Theaters & VOD
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  R.J. Daniel Hanna
Studio(s):   Moving Picture Institute, Vertical Entertainment.
Running Time:  102 mins.

Cast:  Uzo Aduba (Virginia Walden), Vanessa Williams (Sally Ray), Aunjanue Ellis (Congresswoman Lorraine Townsend), Amirah Vann (Shondae Smith), Adina Porter (Annette Johnson), Niles Fitch (James), Nadji Jeter (Bonz), Matthew Modine (Congressman Clifford William).

Story:   Based on a true story, Miss Virginia stars Uzo Aduba as a struggling single mother who is losing her fifteen-year-old son to the rough streets of Washington, DC. Unwilling to see him drop out and deal drugs, she places him in a private school. But when she can’t afford the tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying him and thousands like him. Attacked and threatened by those who don’t want change—from corrupt politicians to the local drug lord—Virginia must discover depths of strength she never knew she had.  Source:  Official site, missvirginiamovie.com.

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Burning Cane

a/k/a The Glory

Release Date:   10/25/19 – In Theaters, Limited; 11/6/19 – Netflix
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Phillip Youmans
Studio(s):   Denizen Pictures, Array Releasing.
Running Time: 77 mins.

Cast:   Wendell Pierce (Reverend Tillman), Karen Kaia Livers (Helen Wayne), Dominique McClellan (Daniel Wayne), Braelyn Kelly (Jeremiah Wayne), Emyri Crutchfield (Sherry Bland).

Story:   Burning Cane tells the story of a deeply religious woman’s (Karen Kaia Livers) struggle to reconcile her convictions of faith with the love she has for her alcoholic son (Dominique McClellan) and a troubled preacher (Wendell Pierce).  Set in rural Louisiana, the film explores the relationships within a southern black protestant community, examining the roots of toxic masculinity, how manhood is defined and the dichotomous role of religion and faith.  Source:  Slashfilm.com.

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Fire and Rain

Release Date:  10/25/19; In Theaters – Limited
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Phillip Penza
Studio(s):   Little Books Little Films
Running Time:  98 mins.

Cast:  Vivica Fox, Noel G., Monifah Carter, Angela Winbush, Philip Penza, Terrell Matheny, Daryl Washington, Audrey Beth.

Story:   A feature film depicting a man’s struggles with himself and the decisions he made that altered the course of his life forever. What happens in the moments between life and death, the memories that flash before us, the reconciliations with our loved ones and our maker, will make us laugh and cry. An unforgettable story of love, life, family and loss that will touch your soul. This film reaches out and tests your faith, your belief in yourself and your belief in the strength of family and true friendship. In the final moment between life and death, a former boxer faces the decisions he made that altered the course of his life forever.  Source:  Official site, littlebookslittlefilms.net.

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