Falling Inn Love

Release Date:   8/29/19; Netflix
Genre:   Romance
Rating:  TV-PG
Director:  Roger Kumble
Studio(s):   Netflix.
Cast:   Christina Milian, Adam Demos, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Anna Jullienne, Claire Chitham, Blair Strang, Jonathan Martin, William Walker, Daniel Watterson, and Simone Walker.

Story:   Gabriela Diaz’s (Christina Milian) San Francisco design firm folds the week of her break-up.  Inspired by a potent concoction of wine and Wi-Fi, she successfully enters a contest to “Win an Inn” overlooking New Zealand’s countryside. Thousands of airline miles later, she discovers The Bellbird Valley Farm boasts a crumbling facade, floorboard-treading goat, and meddling neighbor who covets the space. Eager to renovate and sell the property fast, she partners with Jake Taylor (Adam Demos), the Kiwi contractor and volunteer firefighter observing much of her city-girl culture shock. Once the final fixtures are hung, she’s hesitant to leave him, the inn, and the inviting community that nurtured her creative side.  Source(s):  The Playlist; Netflix.

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Dolemite Is My Name

Release Date:  September 2019 – Toronto International Film Festival; 10/25/19 – Netflix
Genre:  Biography
Rating:  R
Director:  Craig Brewer
Studio(s):   Netflix
Running Time:  118 mins.

Cast:   Eddie Murphy (Rudy Ray Moore), Wesley Snipes (D’Urville Martin), Keegan-Michael Key (Jerry Jones), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nick), Chris Rock, Craig Robinson (Ben Taylor), Tituss Burgess (Theodore Toney), Mike Epps (Jimmy Lynch), Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Snoop Dogg.

Details:   In Dolemite Is My Name, Murphy plays the comedian and singer Rudy Ray Moore, who was inspired to branch out and develop an alter-ego he could use on stage, a foul-mouthed pimp named Dolemite. When the character’s direction couldn’t take off on stage or in a comedy album, he took Dolemite to the screen and made a series of Blaxploitation movies starring his alternate persona.

“Dolemite is my name and f—in up motherf—ers is my game,” Murphy says while donning a garish suit and a afro wig.  The Dolemite character ended up appearing in three films, Dolemite from 1975, followed by The Human Tornado and The Return of Dolemite.  But this new biography specifically follows the rise of Moore as he struggled to bring the Dolemite character to the screen and make something that black audiences specifically could get behind.  Source:  The Wrap.  Photo Source:  IMDB.

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Sextuplets

Release Date:   8/16/19; Netflix
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:   TV-14
Director:   Michael Tiddes
Studio(s):   Wayans Alvarez Productions, Netflix.
Running Time:  99 mins.
Cast:  Marlon Wayans, Bresha Webb, Glynn Turman, Debbi Morgan, Molly Shannon.

Story:   Sextuplets tells the story of Alan (Wayans), a man embarking on a personal journey to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child. When Alan meets his brother, Russell, he discovers that he was born a sextuplet and decides to seek out his four other siblings (all played by Wayans). Together, the two brothers set out on a road trip to track down the rest of the family that they’ve never known, and Alan quickly realizes he may have gotten more than he bargained for.  Source:  Blackfilm.com.

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Beats

Release Date:  6/19/19; Netflix
Genre:   Drama
Rating:   TV-MA
Director:  Chris Robinson
Studio(s):   51 Minds Entertainment; Global Road Entertainment; Netflix
Running Time:  109 mins.
Cast:  Khalil Everage, Anthony Anderson, Uzo Aduba, Emayatzy Corinealdi
Story:   An agoraphobic hip-hop prodigy and a disgraced former music manager cross paths in Chicago’s South Side and help each other face the demons of their pasts.  Source:  Netflix.

 

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See You Yesterday

Release Date:   5/17/19; Netflix
Genre:  Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rating:  TV-MA
Director:   Stefon Bristol
Studio(s):   40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Netflix.
Running Time:  86 mins

Cast:  Eden Duncan-Smith (Claudette ‘CJ’ Walker), Dante Crichlow (Sebastian J. Thomas), Astro (Calvin Walker), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Phaedra Walker).

Story:   As two teen prodigies try to master the art of time travel, a tragic police shooting sends them on a series of dangerous trips to the past.

After her brother is killed in a miscarriage of justice, aspiring inventor Claudette ‘CJ’ Walker uses her scientific mind to create two time machines, one for her, and the other for her friend Sebastian. As they use the machines to try and alter the day CJ’s brother died, they come to learn the ultimatum of time travel: All Actions Have Consequences. Produced by Spike Lee.  Source:  Netflix, official site; IMDB.

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When They See Us

a/k/a Central Park Five

Release Date:  5/31/19; Limited Series – Netflix
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Ava DuVernay
Studio(s):   Forward Movement, Harpo Films, Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Netflix.
Cast:  Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, Justin Cunningham, Freddy Miyares, Jharrel Jerome, Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Chris Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury.

Story:  Four-part limited series about the Central Park Five, a group of teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — who 30 years ago were wrongly convicted of rape.  The series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

Ava DuVernay, who created and directed the film, said in a statement, “In 1989, five black and brown teen boys were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit and branded The Central Park Five, a moniker that has followed them since that time.  In 2019, our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories.  In doing so, Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef also tell the story of many young people of color unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system.  Sources:  TV Line; Coming Soon.

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Juanita

Release Date:  3/8/19; Netflix
Genre:  Drama/Romance
Rating:  TV-MA
Director:  Clark Johnson
Studio(s):   Homegrown Pictures, Netflix.
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Alfre Woodard (Juanita), Adam Beach, Ashlie Atkinson (Peaches), Blair Underwood, Lindsley Register (Candice), LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Gil Birmingham.

Story:   At forty-one, Juanita Lewis is running away from home, courtesy of a one-way ticket to Montana, a place that seems about as far away from the violence and poverty of the Columbus, Ohio, projects as the moon.  She wants adventure and excitement–if such things exist for a pre-menopausal African-American woman with three grown, deadbeat children.

Juanita’s new life in Paper Moon, Montana, begins at a local diner where a culinary face-off with chef and owner Jess Gardiner finds Juanita in front of Jess’s stove serving up home cookin’ that lures the townsfolk like a magic spell. And suddenly Juanita, who was just passin’ through, now has a job by popular demand.

Out here in this wide-open space, Juanita’s heart can no longer hide, especially when she sees herself through the eyes of the wonderful and eccentric people of this down-to-earth town.  She’s happy in Paper Moon; she’s found a home, but can she stay?  And then there’s Jess.  She has always dreamed of romance, but she never planned on falling in love.  The film is based on Sheila Williams’ book Dancing on the Edge of the Roof.  Source:  Eurweb.com.

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