A stylish and promising debut with Regina King at the helm, “ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI” is a fascinating watch. King works in close collaboration with Kemp Powers to adapt his own play to the screen, delivering a story that pits four iconic figures and their beliefs against one another. The film is set mostly at the Hampton House, a motel in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood and one of only a few places for Black entertainers and celebrities to stay while performing at the swanky clubs and hotels of the then-segregated Miami Beach. Continue reading REVIEW: “ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI” (2021) AMAZON STUDIOS
Here it is, 2019, and we’re just getting our very first feature film biopic of civil rights legend Harriet Tubman. It’s just a shame that it isn’t a more inspired one. Cynthia Erivo is more than competent in the lead role, bringing a vibrancy and determination to Tubman’s heroism, but the rest of the film is a drab, paint-by-numbers biopic.
Harriet was born a slave, under the name of Araminta Ross. When the film begins, she and her free husband John (Zackary Momoh) are unsuccessfully arguing the legality of her enslavement with her master. Their failure to negotiate Harriet’s freedom makes them so desperate that they discuss running away together, but circumstances transpire that force her to take the long, arduous journey north alone. Continue reading Review: Harriet