Toronto 2019: Just Mercy

Just Mercy is a star-studded legal drama directed by Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton and tells an important story. Harvard graduate Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) could have gone anywhere after graduating.  After all, he received an array of job offers.  Rather than go for the money, Stevenson ops to help those who need it the most.  In this case, it’s the people sitting on death row in Monroe County.  After setting up…

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco might suffer at times with the film’s pacing but it is otherwise a beautiful ode to the Bay Area. Jimmie Fails (Jimmie Fails) has a dream.  This dream is to take back what rightfully belongs to his family:  A Victorian home in San Francisco.  Jimmy’s grandfather is said to have built it himself in the 1940s.  Even though a family currently resides in the house, this doesn’t stop…

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Monsters and Men: A Well-Made Debut

A well-made feature film debut led by great performances, Monsters and Men splits the narrative into three while telling an all-too familiar story. Writer-director Reinaldo Marcus Green takes us to Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood just north of Crown Heights.  When a father plays witness to–what else–the shooting of an unarmed black man, all hell starts to break loose in their community.  This is how Green chooses to start the film and with this, we’re off and running. The…

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