ANTEBELLUM – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re into bizarre, off-beat films, consider this Prime Video ‘historic horror.’ It begins with a slave, Eden (Janelle Monae), enduring agonizing brutality on a Southern plantation sometime during the Civil War. She’d love to escape but…then there’s a time-travel element. Unfortunately, there’s no way to discuss this basic premise without spoiling it.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Monae’s ANTIBELLUM gets Premium On-Demand release – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lionsgate has announced that its compelling, highly anticipated horror-thriller Antebellum, starring Janelle Monáe, will premiere as a Premium On-Demand release, debuting on all platforms on September 18. Written and directed by advocacy filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, the mind-bending horror-thriller will be released theatrically in select international markets.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 6 to 12: HIDDEN FIGURES

History has a way of disappearing women, particularly women of color. Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures dramatizes the true stories of African-American women whose brilliant mathematical skills guided NASA’s space shots. The film’s title refers to both the women and the math. Opening January 6, 2017, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Hidden Figures,
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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 17 – October 21: Moonlight

The eight-year gap between Barry Jenkin’s first film Medicine for Melancholy and his sophomore follow-up Moonlight has been a source of some considerable anxiety for all the cinephiles eagerly awaiting Jenkins’s new work. Opening Oct. 21, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Moonlight, a political work in that it posits the experience of being black in the US, not with the triumphant exceptionalism of a film like The Birth of a Nation, but with attention and care to a common and shared humanity. Read More…

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