Black activists make legal history in Steve McQueen’s astounding drama

As you’d expect from a film dedicated to George Floyd, Steve McQueen’s latest, which opens the London Film Festival, contains many weighty and sombre moments. That said, the true story of how a group of Black activists made legal history, in the early Seventies, is also giddy and gleeful. To borrow a line from one of the main characters, some of the jokes here “could make a stuffed bird laugh”.

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‘Charm City Kings’ is an appealing if familiar coming-of-age drama about Baltimore’s dirt-bike scene

Jahi Di'Allo Winston in the movie "Charm City Kings." <span class="copyright">(Sundance Film Festival)</span>
Jahi Di’Allo Winston in the movie “Charm City Kings.” (Sundance Film Festival)

Like any self-respecting teenager, Mouse (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), the protagonist of the West Baltimore-set indie drama “Charm City Kings,” likes to express a healthy disdain for the popular culture of yesteryear. Not for something as relatively recent as “The Wire,” one of the greatest shows ever made about his home city, which Mouse salutes by wearing a T-shirt

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Heartfelt Country Music Drama Follows Undocumented Teen with Big Talents

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Rose Garcia (Broadway star and Tony nominee Eva Noblezada) is a small town Texas teen who loves country music, the kind of gal who spends her pocket money on guitar strings and knows a frightening amount of facts about everyone from Patsy Cline to Townes Van Zandt. Music opens up Rose’s mostly small world, which is centered around her loving mom Priscilla (Princess

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Steve McQueen’s rousing courtroom drama makes trenchant points about injustice

Dir: Steve McQueen; Starring: Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby; 124 mins.

Steve McQueen’s Mangrove, which opens the London Film Festival, is a rousing courtroom drama which tells the true story of the “Mangrove Nine.” These were the Black defendants put on trial at the Old Bailey in 1971 for riot and affray after taking part in protests against unprovoked police raids of the Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill.

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John Boyega Shows His Power as an Actor in Steve McQueen’s True-Life Drama of Police Racism in ’80s Britain

In “Red, White and Blue,” the fifth and final film of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology (and the third to be shown at this year’s New York Film Festival, after the lilting reggae house-party movie “Lovers Rock” and the wrenching social-protest courtroom drama “Mangrove”), Leroy Logan (John Boyega), a British research scientist, figures that he’s had enough of the lonely work of staring at tissue specimens through a microscope, so

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A Sturdy Drama About WWII’s Overlooked Female Spies

As Nazi forces pushed ever closer to England in the summer of 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a wild idea: a new spy agency, the Special Operations Executive (known as the SOE), to gather intel, and spark sabotage, in and around France. That scheme might sound obvious on paper, but the SOE went decidedly outside the box when it came to not only its methodology, but also the people

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Wall Street Needs Some Insecticide in Creepy Drama

On the film-festival circuit, Polish-American filmmaker Filip Jan Rymsza is best known for shepherding the unfinished, long-neglected Orson Welles movie “The Other Side of the Wind” to completion in 2018, and for producing two accompanying documentaries, Morgan Neville’s “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and Ryan Suffern’s short “A Final Cut for Orson.”

“The Other Side of the Wind” and “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” both premiered two years

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Mom sparks family drama with surprising vacation plans: ‘Parents need time off’

A mom is fed up with her family’s refusal to do household chores.

The frustrated mother decided to ditch her family for a week for a solo trip. But now she’s wondering if it was the right move and went on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum to get a verdict. She explained that she has been at her wit’s end for a year but her family just won’t budge. 

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Steve McQueen’s British Courtroom Drama Does Justice to a Landmark Case Against Black Activists

Ask yourself: What do the words “Black Power” signify to you? That’s the question several of the Mangrove Nine put to each of the potential jurors in what would prove to be a landmark civil rights trial — one in which nine Black activists were arrested on serious charges after a public demonstration against London police harassment on Aug. 9, 1970, devolved into an incendiary example of the very thing

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