Native Son

Release Date:  1/24/19; Sundance Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Rashid Johnson
Studio(s):   Bow and Arrow Entertainment, A24
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Bill Camp, Sanaa Lathan.

Story:  Bigger “Big” Thomas, a young African American man, lives with his mother and siblings in Chicago. Half-heartedly involved with a girlfriend, he sports green hair and a punk jacket, smokes weed, and carries a pistol—but rebuffs his buddy’s “easy-money” scheme to knock off a corner store. Full of self-determination, Big accepts a job as the chauffeur for wealthy businessman Will Dalton’s family. Moving into their mansion, he begins driving Dalton’s vehemently progressive daughter, Mary. But his involvement in an accidental death places Big on a collision course with the powerful social forces pitted against him.  A thoroughly contemporary reworking of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son asserts the story’s persistent relevance by bringing its interrogation of fear, violence, race, and circumstance into a critical modern context. Source:  Sundance.org.

The Equalizer 2

Release Date:  12/11/18; DVD
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  R
Director:  Antoine Fuqua
Studio(s):  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Escape Artists, Fuqua Films, Lonetree Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), ZHIV Productions
Running Time:  121 mins.
Cast:  Denzel Washington (Robert McCall), Ashton Sanders (Miles Whittaker), Pedro Pascal (Dave York), Orson Bean (Sam Rubinstein), Bill Pullman (Brian Plummer), Melissa Leo (Susan Plummer).

Story:   Sequel to the 2014 film The Equalizer, which was based on the TV series of the same name.  If you have a problem and there is nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall’s past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer — his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who’ll stop at nothing to destroy him.  Source:  Google.

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The Retrieval

The Retrievala/k/a September Morning
Release Date:  (February 3, 2015; DVD) (April 2, 2014; Theatrical Release)
(April 5, 2013, Film Festival)
Genre: Drama/Historical
Rating: Unknown
Running Time: 92 mins.
Studio: Doki-Doki Productions/Sixth Street Films/ Variance Films
Director: Chris Eska
Cast:  Tishuan Scott (Nate), Ashton Sanders (Will), Keston John (Marcus), Bill Oberst, Jr. (Burrell), Christine Horn (Rachel).

Story: 1864: as war ravages the nation, on the outskirts of the Civil War business as usual continues for slave-owners and traders. The Retrieval follows Will, a fatherless 13 year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang who sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves in order to lure them back to the South.

On a dangerous mission into the free North to find Nate, a fugitive freedman, things go wrong and Will and Nate find themselves on the run. As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will becomes consumed by conflicting emotions as he faces a gut-wrenching final decision. Source: theretrieval.com, the official site; IMDB.

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