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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Roots

Roots (2016)Release Date:  5/30/16 (Made-for-TV)
Genre:  Drama/Historical
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio:  History Channel
Directors:  Bruce Beresford, Thomas Carter, Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles

Cast:  Emayatzy Corinealdi (Belle), Laurence Fishburne (Alex Haley), Carlacia Grant (Irene), Malachi Kirby (Kunta Kinte), Rege-Jean Page (Chicken George), Mekhi Phifer (Jerusalem), Anika Noni Rose (Kizzy), T.I. (Cyrus), Forest Whitaker (Fiddler).

Story:  Remake of the classic TV mini-series that remains one of history’s most watched U.S. broadcasts.  The historical portrait of American slavery recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. Roots will be simulcast on the History Channel, A&E and Lifetime with a May 30th.  Source:  Dark Horizons.

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