Queen & Slim
First screened in November 2019
Director: Melina Matsoukas. Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Simpson Sturgill, Benito Martinez, Bryant Tardy, Joseph Poliquin, Bokeem Woodbine, Indya Moore, Melanie Halfkenny, Rosé Belara Young, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Thom Gossom Jr., Lucky Johnson, Flea, Chloë Sevigny, Andre De'Sean Shanks, Robert Walker Branchaud, Bertrand E. Boyd II. Screenplay: Lena Waithe (based on story by Lena Waithe and James Frey).

Twitter Capsule: So many bracing moments. Some scenes miss. Swerves are partly the point. Tips its hat many ways but stands on its own.

VOR:   The movie knows it's threading difficult needles. Sometimes it's more interesting for how it says, Fuck this needle. Risky and rare, for sure.

Photo © 2019 Universal Pictures/Makeready/Entertainment One

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

National Board of Review: Best Directorial Debut

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