If Beale Street Could Talk

Release Date:  11/30/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Crime/Drama
Rating:  R
Director:  Barry Jenkins
Studio(s):   Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.
Running Time:  117 mins.

Cast:  KiKi Layne (Tish Rivers), Stephan James (Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt), Regina King (Sharon Rivers), Colman Domingo (Joseph Rivers), Teyonah Parris (Ernestine Rivers), Michael Beach (Frank Hunt), Aunjanue Ellis (Mrs. Hunt), Ebony Obsidian (Adrienne Hunt).

Story:   If Beale Street Could Talk follows a pregnant woman from Harlem named Tish (Kiki Layne), whose lover (Stephan James) is falsely accused of rape. When Tish finds out she is pregnant while James’ character Fonny is in prison, she races against the clock with help from her family and her lawyer to find evidence to exonerate Fonny.  Based on the novel by James Baldwin  Source:  Variety.

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The Bounce Back

Release Date:  12/9/16; In Theaters
Genre:  Romance/Romantic Comedy
Rating:  PG-13
Running Time: 104 mins.
Studio(s):  Ankle Sock & Baseball Pants, Cima Productions, Viva Pictures,
20th Century Fox, Double Dutch International.
Director:  Youssef Delara

Cast:  Shemar Moore (Matthew Taylor), Nadine Velazquez (Kristin Peralta), Bill Bellamy (Terry Twist), Matthew Willig (Vladamir), Kali Hawk (Jessica Williams), Michael Beach (Lester), Megan Stevenson (Sarah), Robinne Lee (Sam), Nishi Munshi (Haifa), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Ellen), Denise Boutte (Julie).

Story:  Father, author and relationship expert Matthew Taylor is on a whirlwind book tour promoting his new best seller, “The Bounce Back.” He’s got it all figured out until he meets the acerbic Kristin Peralta, a talk show circuit therapist who’s convinced he’s nothing but a charlatan. Matthew’s life is turned upside down when he inadvertently falls for Kristin and has to face the painful truth of his past relationship.  Source(s): Movie Insider, Shadow and Act, IMDB.

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Megachurch Murder

a/k/a Shaker Pointe

Megachurch MurderRelease Date:  2/7/15 (Made-for-TV; Lifetime)
Genre: Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time: 88 mins.
Studio: Pokeprod; Lifetime Television
Director:  Darin Scott

Cast:  Tamala Jones (Martha Spears), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Hamilton Spears), Michael Beach (Clay King), Shanica Knowles (Hannah Spears), Romeo Miller (Oliver King), Corbin Bleu (Marcus King), Dawnn Lewis (Lucille Williams).

Story:  After popular and charismatic megachurch leader Hamilton Spears commits suicide, his teenage daughter Hannah’s life goes off the rails. The only thing keeping her together is her new boyfriend, Oliver. When she finds evidence pointing to a church conspiracy and threats toward her father, she is determined to prove that Hamilton’s death was murder not suicide. As she gets closer to the truth, she realizes her own mother may be involved in her father’s murder…and that the boy she is falling in love with is the son of his killer. Source: Lifetime; IMDB.

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