The Hate U Give

Release Date:  10/19/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  George Tillman, Jr.
Studio(s):   Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment,
Twentieth Century Fox.
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Amandla Stenberg (Starr Carter), Regina Hall (Lisa Carter), Russell Hornsby (Maverick Carter), Common (Uncle Carlos Carter), Lamar Johnson (Seven Carter), TJ Wright (Sekani Carter), Issa Rae (April Ofrah), KJ Apa (Chris), Sabrina Carpenter (Hailey), Anthony Mackie (King).

Story:   Based on Angie Thomas’ novel of same name, the film stars Amandla Stenberg as a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken area, but now attends a suburban prep school.  After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she’s torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.  Source:  Variety.  Photo Source:  Shadow & Act.

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Everything, Everything

everything-everything-stillRelease Date:  5/19/17
Genre:  Drama/Romance
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Stella Meghie
Studio(s):   Alloy Entertainment, Itaca Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Cast:   Amandla Stenberg (Maddy Whittier), Nick Robinson (Olly Bright), Anika Noni Rose (Dr. Whittier), Ana de la Reguera (Carla), Taylor Hickson (Kara Bright).

Story:   Based on the Young Adult novel by Nicola Yoon and starring Amandla Stenberg as Madeline Whittier, an 18-year-old who has been isolated for practically her entire life due to an immunodeficiency disease that makes everything beyond her disinfected home a threat to her life.  Madeline makes this closed-off existence more tolerable through her drawings and writing, imagining herself in places far beyond her own walls.

The girl is tended to by her strict, doctor mother (Anika Noni Rose) and a sympathetic nurse, Carla (Ana de la Reguera).  Her mother wants to protect her at all costs, which means keeping her locked away, even from temptation.  Carla doesn’t see much harm in letting a little bit of the world in, as long as it’s safe.  But “safe” maybe isn’t the right word for the new neighbor, a teen named Olly (Nick Robinson).  It’s not that he’s threatening. How dangerous can a boy with a bundt cake be?  It’s the yearning to venture further with him that could prove deadly for Madeline.  Source:  Entertainment Weekly.

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