red white and blue trailer

There are few directors that have properly utilized John Boyega to his full, star-powered potential, and Steve McQueen is one of those directors. In the latest of McQueen’s Small Axe films (a collection of interrelated films), Boyega gives one of the best performances of his career as a Black police officer who faces the daunting task of trying to affect change from within a corrupt, racist system. Watch the Red, White and Blue trailer below.

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Small Axe Lovers Rock Trailer

Steve McQueen‘s Small Axe anthology consists of five original films set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s that “tell personal stories from London’s West Indian community.” The first trailer for one of those films – Lovers Rock – is here. Small Axe films played at the New York Film Festival this year, and Lovers Rock seemed to be the title that drummed-up the most buzz, telling the tale of a house party in the 1980s. Watch the Small Axe: Lovers Rock trailer below.

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small axe trailer

Many feature filmmakers have been making the leap to TV lately, but Steven McQueen’s TV debut Small Axe is a little different for a few reasons: it’s on a streaming platform, and it’s not really TV. McQueen’s Small Axe anthology is a collection of five feature films centering on London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, starring high profile stars like Letitia Wright and John Boyega. Several of the films made their debut at the 2020 virtual New York Film Festival, but all five films finally hit Amazon Prime Video this month.

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best movies coming to amazon in november 2020

Picture this. The clock has just ticked over from October 31 to November 1, 2020. You’re sitting on the coach, stuffed from eating all of the Halloween candy that was supposed to be for neighborhood children, but that you secretly knew you were going to eat the whole time. It’s just days before one of the most significant American presidential elections in history. Instead of doomscrolling, you decide to fire up Amazon Prime Video so you can watch something to take your mind off the madness.

You’ve made an excellent choice. Now all that’s left is to pick something to watch, and you have another excellent choice locked and loaded: you’ve pulled up this very article, which provides a list of recommendations for the best shows and best movies coming to Amazon in November 2020. Man, you are really killing it tonight. Well done.
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mangrove review

There have been a lot of conversations about Black pain as of late, whether in the news or in the movies. How do you thoughtfully depict it? Where is the line drawn? I’m far from an expert on the topic, but it seems to me that Steve McQueen, in Mangrove, the second of his Small Axe films, has found at least one answer: counterbalance that Black pain with Black joy.

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Small Axe Trailer

Director Steve McQueen, the filmmaker behind poignant and powerful dramas like 12 Years a Slave and Widows, is bringing an anthology series if five films to Amazon late this year, and a new trailer has arrived with a peak at each of the stories within.

Under the title Small Axe, derived from the African proverb, “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe,” the films tell stories about London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s. Leitita Wright, John Boyega, Shaun Parkes, Michael Ward, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, Kenyah Sandy, and Sheyi Cole all star in the films about people whose lives have been “shaped by their own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination.” Watch the Small Axe trailer below. Read More »

lovers rock review

Lovers Rock comes in waves — waves of joy, waves of sensuality, waves of dread, waves of wild, shuddering fervor that only begins to wane once the dim light of morning starts to shine through. Taking place entirely over the course of one night, this first film in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology, which charts the lives and London’s West Indian community between 1968 and 1985, is a swooning mood piece that seduces and disarms you until you’re happy to let it lap over you, floating in the warm exuberance of a one-night reggae house party.

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Ghost Hunters

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Ghost Hunters has been revived for a new season
  • The Penny Dreadful spin-off adds some cast members
  • David Ayer is working on a new series for Showtime
  • Get a first look at the new War of the Worlds TV series
  • Find out what the hell Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters is
  • All that and more!

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