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Opening Night of The Tribeca Film Festival

Andre Holland - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of 'Live From New York' which was held at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 15th April 2015

Black Or White Trailer


When a young girl's mother dies in childbirth, she is sent to live with her grandparents. After her grandmother dies in a car accident, Elliot Anderson (Kevin Costner) takes on the responsibility of raising her by himself. When his granddaughter's African American grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer) arrives to tell him that they should share custody, Elliot is reluctant to the point of hostility. Despite his granddaughter having more family living in the South - including her drug-addicted father - Elliot furiously battles for sole custody, stating that his fight is not born of racial hatred, but due to the loss of both his wife and daughter making his granddaughter the only thing he has left in the world. 

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Video - Julianne Moore And Jessica Chastain Among Stars At National Board Of Review Gala - Part 2


'Still Alice' actress Julianne Moore was seen with her husband Bart Freundlich on the red carpet at the National Board of Review Gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

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Video - Oprah Winfrey Poses On The Red Carpet For The New York Premier Of 'Selma' - Part 3


On 14th December 2014, the New York premiere for 'Selma' took place at the Ziegfeld Theatre, with various celebrities and stars of the film gracing the red carpet. Amongst these was Oprah Winfrey, who appears as African-American civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper. Andre Holland and Jeremy Strong - both of whom also appear in the film - posed on the red carpet as well.

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New York premiere of 'Selma' - Arrivals

Andre Holland - Shots of a variety of stars as they took the the red carpet for the premiere of the movie drama 'Selma' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 14th December 2014

'Selma' - Press Conference

Ava DuVernay, Common, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner and David Oyelowo - Press Conference for 'Selma' held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel - New York, United States - Sunday 14th December 2014

Ava Duvernay, Common, David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson
Ava Duvernay

Selma Trailer


“What happens when a man stands up and says ‘enough is enough’?” So goes the question raised by Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) when President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) declines to help him in battling the race-related violence in Alabama. In retaliation, King organises a peaceful protest; he has African Americans march into Selma, Alabama, in an attempt to gain rights to vote. What follows, is a truly horrifying attack from the police on the peaceful protest which was televised and seen by millions, forcing the President’s hand, as he is forced to watch innocent people suffer. 

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Opening night of 'King Lear' - Arrivals

Andre Holland - Opening night of 'King Lear' held at the Delacorte Theater - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th August 2014

Opening Night of The Library - Arrivals

Andre Holland - Opening night of The Library at the Public Theater - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 15th April 2014

42 Review


Excellent

What could easily have been a sentimental slog is given a spark of intelligent wit by writer-director Helgeland (A Knight's Tale). This is the story of an iconic figure from American sport who had a massive impact on society at large, and Helgeland focusses on the elements we can most readily identify with while quietly stressing how important and, yes, inspirational this story is.

In 1945 post-War America, most states still have segregation laws on the books, and black baseball players are sidelined in their own league. But Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (Ford) wants to break this barrier, and drafts Jackie Robinson (Boseman), making him the first black player in the Major League. Jackie is a determined, principled young man who struggles to hold his tongue in the face of blatant bigotry. But he gets help from Branch and team manager Leo (Meloni), and support from his equally feisty wife Rachel (Beharie). There's also a young black journalist (Holland) who works with him to further both their causes. But it takes Jackie a little longer to win over his teammates.

The film portrays endemic racism as the hideously ugly thing it is: socially accepted cruelty and prejudice. In truth, it was probably a lot worse than shown here, but we certainly don't miss the point. Especially since this kind of abusive language is never heard in today's politically correct climate. And Helgeland also creates complex characters who can't be tagged as heroes or villains, played with cheeky energy by a very strong cast. Boseman oozes charisma in the central role, undercutting what could be a too-saintly characterisation with sensitivity and steeliness. And Ford shines in a rare character role as a cantankerous old guy who simply won't take no for an answer.

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42 is the true to life story of Jackie Robinson and his rise to the top as one of America's best and most respected Baseball players and the manager of Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, who decided to end racial segregation by enlisting Robinson onto his team.

Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential") comes the real-life drama "42," starring Chadwick Boseman ("The Express") as Jackie Robinson and Oscar¸ nominee Harrison Ford ("Witness") as Branch Rickey.

In 1947, Branch Rickey controversially made a name for himself when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. At the time, this kind of behaviour was unheard of, and both Robinson and Rickey were sure to cause problems for themselves - both on and off the pitch. Racism was rife between player on every team including the Dodgers and Robinson's transition was one of the most courageous of its time. 

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Sugar Review


Good
Part of an emerging pack of would-be American neo-realists, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden find themselves with one of the most intrinsically American emigration stories never told in their sophomore effort Sugar. From his home in San Pedro De Macoris to a competitive single-A baseball affiliate in Bridgetown, Iowa, Miguel Santos (Algenis Perez Soto), also known as Sugar, finds himself part of an all-too-poorly documented class of citizens picked out of small villages throughout the Dominican Republic -- not to mention Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Chile -- who are promised the American Dream in return for bolstering the American pastime.

Initially feeling more like a study in cultural assimilation in the style of compatriot Ramin Bahrani than their hard-nosed drug-drama debut Half Nelson, Sugar ends up being remarkably singular in its focus. In the Dominican ghettos, Sugar is considered a hero when he comes home from the baseball academy where he spends his weeks honing a rocket launcher of a pitching arm. When he is asked to the Bridgetown affiliate, nicknamed The Swing, his only connection to his home is an old friend (Rayniel Rufino) who was pulled out of San Pedro as well but who hasn't been called up thanks to a chronic ailment. Perez Soto, whose angular figure and penetrating gaze make him a hypnotic presence, appears in almost every frame.

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