MANHUNT – Review by Susan Granger

The most compelling theme of Manhunt – which focuses on the pursuit of Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth – is what it takes to maintain and defend the democracy that we currently enjoy: i.e. the political cost of freedom. This new historical miniseries from Apple TV+ begins on April 14, 1865, the day that Booth (Anthony Boyle) shot President Lincoln (Hamish Linklater) during a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater.

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MANHUNT – Review by Diane Carson

Far too seldom, complex, fascinating history informs a compelling series, but it does for Manhunt. Though poetic license is used for details and dialogue, the presentation relies on historical records for the still immensely disturbing assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the extensive search for John Wilkes Booth, and the divisive attempts to realize the promise of Reconstruction.

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SELAH AND THE SPADES – Review by Diane Carson

Writer/director Tayarisha Poe, in her feature debut Selah and the Spades, dramatizes a time that will resonate strongly with high school groups and those familiar with the battles of those years. The title 17-year-old senior Selah is queen bee of The Spades, a clique in conflict with the other four factions at elite Haldwell boarding school in Pennsylvania.

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