WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King builds Oscar buzz for ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon Studios has set a release date for Oscar and Emmy winner Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, which has already earned widespread acclaim and Oscar buzz on the festival circuit. The celebrated film will open in select theaters on Dec. 25, followed by a global launch on Jan. 15, exclusively on Prime Video.

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ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (TIFF 2020) – Review by Alexandra Heller Nicholas

As early as Lois Weber and Ida Lupino, women have shifted professionally from acting to directing. This is no generalized segue to Regina King and her directorial debut, One Night in Miami: as a director, she is that talented, that important, that pioneering. In 2020 we can save ourselves enormous energy and drama by just handing King and One Night in Miami all the major awards now and save ourselves the circus of pretending any film this year will better it.

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BRIAN BANKS – Review by Susan Granger

Timing is everything – and, unfortunately, the release of this redemption story coincides occurs at a time when #MeToo and documented incidents of sexual assault dominate the news feed. At Polytechnic High School in Long Beach in 2002, teenage Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge) was a linebacker on the prestigious Jackrabbit team with an assured scholarship to the University of Southern California.

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BRIAN BANKS – Review by Martha K Baker

By telling the story of one innocent man exonerated, this biopic educates film-goers about the daunting and rewarding work of the California Innocence Project and its sisters across the country. em>Brian Banks satisfies viewers’ needs to know about quiet heroes, in and out of the juvenile court, on and off the football field.

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