Jacob’s Ladder

Release Date:  8/23/19; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama/Horror
Rating:  R
Director:  David M. Rosenthal
Studio(s):   LD Entertainment, Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films
Running Time:  89 mins.
Cast:  Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Karla Souza, Joseph Sikora.

Story:  Remake of the 1990 cult classic directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Tim Robbins.  The new films follows the same plot as the original, with a soldier returning home from war and experiencing a particularly bad form of PTSD.  The official synopsis for the 2019 remake reads: “After losing his brother in combat, Jacob Singer returns home from Afghanistan — only to be pulled into a mind-twisting state of paranoia. Singer soon realizes that his sibling is alive but life is not what it seems.”  Source(s):  The Playlist.

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Selah And The Spades


Release Date:  1/27/19; Sundance Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Tayarisha Poe
Studio(s):   Cinereach, Secret Engine
Running Time:  89 mins.

Cast:  Lovie Simone, Celeste O’Connor, Jharrel Jerome, Gina Torres, Jesse Williams.

Story:   In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxi becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma, to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.  Source:  Sundance.org.