Spotlights

Coming to America

Description

Coming to America, is a romantic classic comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Eddie Murphy, as the lead character who plays "Prince Akeem Joffer," the crown prince of the fictitious African nation Zamunda. The film also co-stars Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. Released on June 29, 1988, Coming to America tells the story of Akeem Joffer, who travels internationally from Zamunda to Queens, NY in search of his "Queen to be."

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Eddie Murphy
Arsenio Hall
James Earl Jones
John Amos
Madge Sinclair
Shari Headley
Eriq Lasalle
Frankie Faison
Vanessa Bell-Calloway
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Clint Smith

Crew
Director:John Landis
Producers: George Folsey, Jr., Robert D. Wachs
Screenwriters:David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein
Cinematographers: Sol Negrin, Woody Omens

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Jinn

Description

Summer is a carefree, black teenage girl whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person. At first resistant to the faith, she begins to reevaluate her identity after becoming attracted to a Muslim classmate, crossing the thin line between physical desire and piety.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Zoe Renee
Simone Missick
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Hisham Tawfiq
Dorian Missick
Kelly Jenrette

Director - Nijla Mu'min
Producer - Avril Z. Speaks, Maya Emelle, Arielle Saturne
Director of Photography - Bruce Francis Cole

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Little Woods

Description

For years, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) has helped the struggling residents of Little Woods, North Dakota, gain access to Canadian healthcare: smuggling in their medications, sneaking people across the border for procedures and profiting from drug trafficking on the side. After she’s caught and put on probation, she plans to go legitimate but is driven back into the underbelly of their oil boomtown by her sister, Deb (Lily James).

Directed by Nia DaCosta

Night School

Description

Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. Co-stars Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Taran Killam and Romany Malco join Hart on-screen for the film that Hart produces for his Hartbeat Productions, and Packer via his Will Packer Productions.

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Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Kevin Hart
Tiffany Haddish
Rob Riggle
Taran Killam
Romany Malco

Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Writers: Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard, Nicholas Stoller and John Hamburg
Produced by: Will Packer, Kevin Hart
Executive Producers: Malcolm D. Lee, Preston Holmes, James Lopez

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REL

Description

Inspired by the comedy of Lil Rel Howery, REL stars Howery as a hardworking father on the West Side of Chicago, whose life is perfectly on track until he finds out his wife is having an affair with his own barber. Now separated, Rel must begin the difficult task of rebuilding his life as a long-distance single dad. Offering Rel support are his best friend BRITTANY (Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore), his recently out-of-jail, excitable younger brother, NAT (Jordan L. Jones), and his prideful and recently widowed DAD (Sinbad).

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Lil Rel Howery (Lil Rel Howery)
Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore (Brittany)
Jordan L. Jones (Nat) Sinbad (Dad)

Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers: Lil Rel Howery Kevin Barnett Josh Rabinowitz
Executive Producer/Showrunner/Writer: Mike Scully
Executive Producer: Jerrod Carmichael

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Running Out of Time

Description

Newly widowed Brenda Harper and her family are taken hostage over something from her late husband's past.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Tasha Smith
RonReaco Lee
Telma Hopkins
Sydney Elise Johnson
Dustin Harnish

Director:  Christopher B. Stokes
Writers: Chris Stokes, Marques Houston, Chaz Echols
Producers: Chris Stokes, Marques Houston, Jerome Jones, Jarell Houston, Juanita Stokes, Brett Dismuke
Cinematographer: Joel Layogan

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Smallfoot

Description

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Channing Tatum
James Corden
Zendaya
Common
LeBron James
Gina Rodriguez
Danny DeVito
Yara Shahidi
Ely Henry
Jimmy Tatro

Directed By Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig
Screenplay By Karey Kirkpatrick, Clare Sera, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra
Produced By Bonne Radford, Glenn Ficarra, and John Requa

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The Hate U Give


Description

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Amandla Stenberg
Regina Hall
Russell Hornsby
KJ Apa
Algee Smith
Lamar Johnson
Issa Rae
Sabrina Carpenter
Common
Anthony Mackie

Directed by - George Tillman, Jr.
Screenplay by - Audrey Wells
Based upon the novel by - Angie Thomas
Produced by - Robert Teitel, p.g.a. George Tillman, Jr., p.g.a. Marty Bowen, p.g.a. Wyck Godfrey, p.g.a.

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The Sentence

Description

First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s searing look at the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing through the lens of his own family. Cindy Shank, sister of Valdez and mother of three, is taken from her family to spend 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy charges. Rudy copes with the tragedy by filming his nieces for over a decade to capture the moments his sister misses.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Cynthia Shank
Autumn Shank
Ava Shank
Annalis Shank
Adam Shank
Teofilo Valdez
Armida Mireles
Valentin Valdez
Virginia Valdez
Rudy Valdez
Marjorie Peerce
Tatjana Misulic
Eric Sterling

Director - Rudy Valdez
Producers - Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee
Executive Producers - Thea Dunlap, Lance Accord, Wendy Neu
Cinematographer - Rudy Valdez
Editor - Viridiana Lieberman
Production Sound - Rudy Valdez
Composer -Sam Bisbee
Co-producer - Geeta Gandbhir, April Hayes
Written By - Rudy Valdez, Viridiana Lieberman
Additional photography - Megan Valdez
Consulting Producer - Perri Peltz, Jamie Lustberg
Assistant Editor - Eric Osman, Will Garofalo
Production Assistants - Megan Valdez, Alan Aja, Miguel Salazar, Camille Amezcua, Neil Knox, Tim O'hara, Phil Toh
Motion Graphics - Benjamin Fine

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TYREL

Description

TYREL follows Tyler, who joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn’t know. As soon as they get there, it’s clear that (1) he’s the only black guy, and (2) it’s going to be a weekend of heavy drinking. Although Tyler is welcomed, he can’t help but feel uneasy in “Whitesville.” The combination of all the testosterone and alcohol starts to get out of hand, and Tyler’s precarious situation starts to feel like a nightmare.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Jason Mitchell
Christopher Abbott
Michael Cera
Caleb Landry Jones
Ann Dowd

Director Sebastián Silva
Screenwriter Sebastián Silva
Producers Jacob Wasserman, Max Born, Sebastián Silva, Gigi Graff, Carlos Zozaya
Production Designer Nico Arze Cinematographer Alexis Zabe Editors Sofia Subercaseaux, Jennifer Lame
Executive Producer Nico Arze
Supervising Sound Editor/Re Recording Mixer Michael Kurihara

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United Skates

Description

At a time when our country feels painfully divided, and fly-over states are often overlooked, the story of a community crisscrossing our nation to celebrate what unites them, is more important than ever. Few are aware that roller rinks remain a segregated space in America. “Black nights,” referred to as “Adult Nights,” can be found in nearly every major city in the country, boasting vibrant music and skate scenes. From Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature in New York/New Jersey to Dr. Dre in Los Angeles, roller rinks have and continue to be, a mecca for music and creativity.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Reggie Brown
Phelicia Wright
Buddy Love
 
Directors:
Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown
Cinematographers: Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown, and  Matthew Peterson, ACS
Editor:Katharine Garrison

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Widows


Description

From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. "Widows" is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Viola Davis
Michelle Rodriguez
Elizabeth Debicki
Cynthia Erivo
Liam Neeson
Colin Farrell
Robert Duvall
Daniel Kaluuya
Lukas Haas
Brian Tyree Henry.

Directed by - Steve McQueen
Co-writer and bestselling author - Gillian Flynn

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