True to the Game

Release Date:  9/8/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Preston A. Whitmore, II
Studio:   Imani Motion Pictures

Cast:  Erica Peeples (Gena Hollins), Vivica A. Fox (Shoog), Nelsan Ellis (Tyrik), Malcolm David Kelley (Black), Jennifer Freeman (Lita), Columbus Short (Quadir Richards), Nafessa Williams (Sahirah), Andra Fuller (Jerrell), Draya Michele (Cherelle), Starletta DuPois (Gah-Git).

Story:  Based on the novel of the same name written by Teri Woods. The film is about a charismatic drug lord, played by Columbus Short, who falls for a young girl from Philadelphia. He begins planning a way out of the crime world with his love for her, but tragedy strikes just as he is about to start his new life.  Source:  Firstshowing.net.

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Little Boxes

Release Date:  4/14/17; In Theaters & VOD (2016)
Genre:  Drama/Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  84 mins.
Director:  Rob Meyer
Studio:   Kid Noir Productions, Mighty Engine, Related Pictures, Netflix

Cast:  Nelsan Ellis (Mack), Melanie Lynskey (Gina), Armani Jackson (Clark), Oona Laurence (Ambrosia), Miranda McKeon (Julie), Janeane Garofalo (Helena).

Story:  Little Boxes is a dramedy that tells the story of an interracial family from New York that moves to the mundane, overwhelmingly white suburb of Rome, Washington. As you may suspect, things don’t really go well for the family.

It’s the summer before 6th grade, and Clark is the new biracial kid in a very white town. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act “more black,” he fumbles to meet expectations. Meanwhile, his urban intellectual parents Mack and Gina try to adjust to small-town living. Accustomed to life in New York, the tight-knit family is ill-prepared for the drastically different set of obstacles that their new community presents. They soon find themselves struggling to understand themselves and each other in this new context.Source:  Variety; Shadow & Act.

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Get On Up

 

Get On Up 2Release Date:  August 1, 2014
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  Not Available
Running Time:  Not Available
Studio:  Universal Pictures
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast:  Chadwick Boseman (James Brown),  Viola Davis (Susie Brown), Octavia Spencer (Aunt Honey), Nelsan Ellis (Bobby Byrd), Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd (Ben Bart), Lennie James (Joseph James), Tika Sumpter (Yvonne Fair)

Story:  Based on the incredible life story of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. (Synopsis taken from comingsoon.net).

Details: The Godfather of Soul led a very turbulent life, which included drug abuse and four marriages. Producer Brian Grazer and longtime friend of James Brown, started working on Get On Up with the soul legend himself involved in the development of the project up to his death in 2006. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who also knew Brown, is also on board as a producer.  (Source:  Movie Pilot; Photo:  Universal Pictures).

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