a/k/a Striver’s Row
Release Date: 6/12/19 – 6/16/19; American Black Film Festival
Director: Robert Rippberger
Studio(s): Aletheia Films, Prodigium Pictures, El Ride Productions, Captivated Artist Productions.
Running Time: 82 mins.
Cast: Joie Campbell, Ricky Flowers Jr., Chelsea Williams, Danny Glover, Shaylin Becton.
Story: Strive is a story about an underprivileged girl with a dream of obtaining a great education, and a better life. Kalani is a teenager living in Harlem with her older brother Jacob, and her younger sister, Bebe, while her mother struggles to make ends meet. As Kalani’s siblings get caught up in a myriad of hardships, Kalani teeters on the brink of ruin as she struggles to keep both her family and her dream intact. Strive reminds us that hard work, optimism, and perseverance, in the face of overwhelming adversity, is the essence of what it is to be an American. Blackfilm.com.
Release Date: 6/14/19; In Theaters
(Original Release – 1/26/19; Sundance Film Festival)
Director: Joe Talbot
Studio(s): A24, Longshot Features, Plan B Entertainment
Running Time: 120 mins.
Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold, Danny Glover, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock.
Story: Jimmie Fails has one hope in life: to reclaim the majestic Victorian house his grandfather built. Every week, Jimmie and his only friend, Montgomery, make a pilgrimage across San Francisco to Jimmie’s dream home and imagine what life would be like if this neighborhood had never changed. When they realize the house’s current owners have moved out, Jimmie decides to recreate the home his family once had. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, Jimmie’s domestic aspirations blind him to reality. Source: Sundance.org.
Release Date: 1/21/18; Sundance Film Festival
Director: Joshua Marston
Running time: 106 mins.
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Condola Rashad, Jason Segel, Lakeith Stanfield,
Story: Every Sunday, Bishop Carlton Pearson—evangelical megastar, brilliant orator, and television host with millions of followers—preaches the fundamentalist gospel to six thousand supplicants at his Higher Dimensions Church. He’s the pride and joy of his spiritual father, Oral Roberts, and the toast of Tulsa. One day, rattled by an uncle’s suicide and distraught by reports of the Rwandan Genocide, Pearson receives an epiphany. Suddenly it’s crystal clear—God loves all humankind; everyone is already saved, whether Christian or not; and there is no hell. But these ideas are heretical, violating sacrosanct doctrines.
The next Sunday, when Pearson unveils this theology of inclusion to his flock, shock waves sweep the enormous hall. Church leaders and members begin to defect in droves, and his empire topples. Based on the true story of a controversial and courageous man of God, Come Sunday elegantly and respectfully captures the authentic texture and tone of Pearson’s devout world, never resorting to hyperbole. Source: Sundance.org.
Release Date: 1/12/18; In Theaters
Running Time: Unknown
Director: Babak Najafi
Studio: Screen Gems
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonough, Xander Berkeley, Billy Brown, Margaret Avery, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Danny Glover.
Story: Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.
Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Neal McDonough, Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley and Danny Glover join Henson in front of the camera, with Winston playing Danny, a streetwise kid unaware of what prompts Mary to come to his aid; Danny Glover plays Benny, Mary’s fatherly but brutally unforgiving boss; Billy Brown is Tom, Benny’s son, a fellow professional who was once romantically involved with Mary; Neal McDonough is a well-manicured killer primed to be sacrificed to maintain peace; Margaret Avery is Benny’s wise, refined wife; and Xander Berkeley is the drug-dealing sadist Mary eradicates, provoking an all-out turf war. Source: Shadow & Act; Photo Source: The Wrap.
Release Date: 8/28/16; Chicago Black Harvest Film Festival (1990)
Running Time: 102 mins.
Director: Charles Burnett
Studio(s): SVS Films; The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Cast: Danny Glover (Harry), Paul Butler (Gideon), DeVaughn Nixon (Sunny), Mary Alice (Suzie), Reina King (Rhonda), Cory Curtis (Skip), Richard Brooks (Babe Brother), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Linda), Carl Lumbly (Junior), Vonetta McGee (Pat).
Story: Danny Glover stars as Harry Mention, a mysterious drifter from the South who visits an old acquaintance (Paul Butler), now leading a middle-class life with his family in South Central Los Angeles. Though imbued with charm and traditional manners, Harry has a knack for mischief that creates powerful rifts throughout the family. Source: Film Society Lincoln Center; IMDB.
a/k/a A Meyers Christmas
Release Date: 11/11/16; In Theaters
Running Time: Unknown
Director: David E. Talbert
Studio: Universal Pictures
Cast: Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover (Walter), Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps, Jessie Usher, Romany Malco, Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique (Aunt May), J.B. Smoove.
Story: Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle. Source: Almost Christmas Movie, official site; IMDB.
Release Date: 1/30/15 (VOD, Theaters; Original Release Date: 6/12/14-Los Angeles Film Festival)
Running Time: 106 mins.
Studio: Hidden Empire Film Group; Media House Capital
Director: Deon Taylor
Cast: Danny Glover (Mr. Walker), Joe Anderson (Garrett Tully), Anson Mount (Sobecki), Derek Luke (Raymond), Evan Ross (Anthony), Lela Rochon (Odessa), Dawn Olivieri (Doreen), Mahershala Ali (Deputy Rivers).
Story: Based on a true story. A paroled white supremacist has just killed a cop, and takes a black family hostage over a long night of terror as authorities cordon off the neighborhood where he and his lady accomplice are laying low. Facebook, IMDB.