“Incendiary” by Sharon Maguire (UK, 2008)

Incendiary

Some good camera work and dialogues, but an incoherent script

Cast: Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor, Matthew Macfadyen
Director: Sharon Maguire
Writers: Chris Cleave (novel), Sharon Maguire
Music by Barrington Pheloung, Shigeru Umebayashi
Cinematography by Ben Davis
Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli

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“Viceroy’s House” by Gurinder Chadha (UK, 2017)

Viceroy's House

The weak romance story is offset by a good depiction of the historical and political events surrounding the departure of the English from India.
At one moment in the movie, the partition of India is compared to that of Palestine and of Ireland, other British colonies that have suffered greatly, without however digging deeper into the subject.

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal, Simon Callow, Om Puri, Lily Travers, Huma Qureshi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writer: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini
Cinematographer: Ben Smithard
Editor: Valerio Bonelli, Victoria Boydell
Composer: A.R. Rahman

“Detroit” by Kathlyn Bigelow (USA, 2017)

Detroit

Begins as an historical drama, and ends as a case of racism, abuse, and corruption by the police

Cast: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Jack Reynor, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben O’Toole, Anthony Mackie
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Mark Boal
Cinematographer: Barry Ackroyd
Editor: William Goldenberg, Harry Yoon
Composer: James Newton Howard

“Beyond The Lights” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (USA, 2014)

Beyond the Lights

“stings and stuns”

Cast: Minnie Driver, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi, Nate Parker
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writer: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cinematography: Tami Reiker
Music by Mark Isham
Film Editing by Terilyn A. Shropshire

“The Secret Life Of Bees” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (USA, 2008)

The Secret Life Of Bees

A weaker work in this director’s oeuvre, with unconvincing cast, situations, and dialogues

Cast: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany
Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers
Film Editing by Terilyn A. Shropshire

“Disappearing Acts” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (USA, 2000)

Disappearing Acts

Good acting, good music

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Michael Imperioli
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writers: Terry McMillan (novel), Lisa Jones (teleplay)
Music by Allen Cato, Meshell Ndegeocello
Cinematography by Tami Reiker
Film Editing by Françoise Bonnot