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THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY (2021)
Starring Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Melvin Gregg, Natasha Lyonne, Tyler James Williams, Da'vine Joy Randolph, Rob Morgan, Miss Lawrence and Evan Ross. Directed by Lee Daniels.

The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe, all while the Federal Department of Narcotics targeted her with an undercoversting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

REVIEWS The United States vs. Billie Holiday - a biopic that fails to soar

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (2020)
Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock, Danny Glover, Isiain Lalime, Jamal Trulove and Jordan Gomes. Directed by Joe Talbot.

Jimmie Fails IV, a black man, is a third generation San Franciscan. Having been pushed out by circumstances like many others, Jimmie, who works a low paying job as a nurse in a seniors' care facility, returned to San Francisco three years ago and has been living in his best friend Montgomery Allen's house that he shares with his blind grandfather, Jimmie who sleeps on the floor in Mont's already cramped bedroom.

Despite the house, Mont's situation is not much better than Jimmie's, Mont who works at a supermarket fish counter while he sketches and writes a play on the side. Other black people around him who are showing their anger in also being disenfranchised from San Francisco life are the soapbox preacher who Jimmie and Mont often watch as they wait for the bus, and a group of young black men who hang outside of Mont's house. All of Jimmie's family, who he rarely sees, are also disenfranchised from that San Francisco life in one way or another.

THE PHOTOGRAPH (2020)
Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Chelsea Peretti, Courtney B. Vance, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Teyonah Parris, Lilrel Howery and Rob Morgan. Directed by Stella Meghie.

When famed photographer Christina Eames dies suddenly, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton hurt, angry and confused. But tucked away in a safe-deposit box is a single photograph and a letter that will propel Mae on a journey that will ignite an unexpected romance with rising-star journalist Michael Block and lead Mae toward Isaac Jefferson, a New Orleans fisherman with a mysterious connection to her mother’s past.
JUST MERCY (2020)
Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, O'Shea Jackson Jr, Rafe Spall, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Drew Scheid, Steve Coulter and Mary Kraft. Directed by Destin Cretton and Destin Daniel Cretton.

A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley. One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian, who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political manoeuvrings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
GREYHOUND
Starring Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Lee Norris, Karl Glusman, Tom Brittney, Alex Kramer and Rob Morgan. Directed by Aaron Schneider.

Set in the early days of World War II, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by Captain Ernest Krause, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while being hotly pursued by wolf packs of German U-boats.
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