Native Son

Release Date: 4/9/19; HBO
1/24/19; Sundance Film Festival (Original Premiere)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Rashid Johnson
Studio(s):   Bow and Arrow Entertainment, A24
Running Time:  108 mins.

Cast:  Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Bill Camp, Sanaa Lathan, David Alan Grier.

Story:  Bigger “Big” Thomas, a young African American man, lives with his mother and siblings in Chicago. Half-heartedly involved with a girlfriend, he sports green hair and a punk jacket, smokes weed, and carries a pistol—but rebuffs his buddy’s “easy-money” scheme to knock off a corner store. Full of self-determination, Big accepts a job as the chauffeur for wealthy businessman Will Dalton’s family. Moving into their mansion, he begins driving Dalton’s vehemently progressive daughter, Mary. But his involvement in an accidental death places Big on a collision course with the powerful social forces pitted against him.  A thoroughly contemporary reworking of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son asserts the story’s persistent relevance by bringing its interrogation of fear, violence, race, and circumstance into a critical modern context. Source:  Sundance.org.

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The Perfect Guy

Release Date:  12/29/15 (DVD); 9/11/15 (In Theaters)
Genre: Thriller
Rating:  PG-13
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio:  Sony Screen Gems
Director:  David M. Rosenthal

Cast:  Sanaa Lathan (Leah Vaughn), Morris Chestnut (Dave), Michael Ealy (Carter Duncan), Rutina Wesley, Kathryn Morris (Karen), Holt McCallany (Detective Hansen).

Story:  Leah Vaughn appears to have the ideal life. She enjoys a challenging, fast-paced career as a lobbyist; Dave her long-term boyfriend loves her. And yet, at 36, she’s ready to move to the next phase. Marriage and a family seem a logical and welcome step. Dave is not so sure. A bit commitment phobic, his misgivings lead to a painful break up.

Enter Carter Duncan a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Caring and solicitous of Leah and her family and friends, their relationship rapidly progresses. It seems Leah has met the perfect guy. But if it seems too good to be true… Soon Carter’s protective nature morphs into something more sinister. It’s clear Leah has to end this new relationship and when she does, her one time lover becomes her ultimate enemy. It will take every bit of her cunning and resolve to escape and outwit him. Source: Movie Insider.

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Repentance

repentanceRelease Date: 6/24/14, DVD; 2/28/14, Theatrical Release
Genre: Thriller
Rating: R
Studio: Codeblack Films/Lionsgate
Director: Philippe Caland
Cast:  Anthony Mackie (Tommy)
Forest Whitaker (Angel Sanchez)
Mike Epps (Ben)
Sanaa Lathan (Maggie)
Nicole Ari Parker (Sophie)
Story: Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the “untimely” death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach. What may be simple to grasp for some is the idea that single actions in the past comprise tidal waves of reactions in the present. (Synopsis taken from Lionsgate).

The Best Man Holiday

The Best Man HolidayRelease Date: 2/11/14 (DVD);
11/15/13 (Theatrical)
Genre:  Romantic/Comedy
Rating:  R
Studio:  Universal Pictures
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Cast:  Taye Diggs (Harper Stewart)
Morris Chestnut (Lance Sullivan)
Terrence Howard (Quentin)
Harold Perrineau (Julian Murch)
Nia Long (Jordan Armstrong)
Sanaa Lathan (Robin)
Monica Calhoun (Mia Morgan)
Melissa De Sousa (Shelby)
Regina Hall (Candace)

Story:  After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited (Synopsis taken from the official site best-man.com).

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