“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

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“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

“Maudie” by Aisling Walsh (Ireland, 2016)

Maudie

Happiness doesn’t need much and can be learned.
One negative point: Ethan Hawke doesn’t fit the personage.

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan, Zachary Bennett, Kari Matchett
Director: Aisling Walsh
Writer: Sherry White
Cinematographer: Guy Godfree
Editor: Stephen O’Connell
Composer: Michael Timmins

“Belle” by Amma Asante (UK, 2013)

Belle

Similar in its content to A United Kingdom (2016), Belle shows in a dramatic and intelligent way the web of social constraints that ensue from racial segregation (horizontal) and hierarchical stratification and dominance (vertical inequalities). Furthermore, in both movies, love and politics are cleverly intertwined. And to make matters still more enjoyable, their main female characters are and remain intelligent and substantial throughout the movie.

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Gadon, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, Penelope Wilton
Director: Amma Asante
Screenplay: Misan Sagay
Cinematography: Ben Smithard
Music: Rachel Portman
Film Editing: Victoria Boydell, Pia Di Ciaula

“A United Kingdom” by Amma Asante (UK, 2016)

A United Kingdom by Amma Asante (2016)

Very similar in its content to Belle (2013), bringing in a dramatic and intelligent way the web of social constraints that ensue from racial segregation (horizontal) and hierarchical stratification and dominance (vertical inequalities). Furthermore, in both movies, love and politics are cleverly intertwined. And to make matters still more enjoyable, their main female characters are and remain intelligent and substantial throughout the movie.

Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Vusi Kunene, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Jack Davenport Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Guy Hibbert
Cinematographer: Sam McCurdy
Editor: Jonathan Amos, Jon Gregory
Composer: Patrick Doyle

“By The Sea” by Angelina Jolie (France, 2015)

By The Sea

SPOILER: Jealous of the happiness and fertility of a newly-wed couple, a tormented middle-aged woman tries to seduce the husband to destroy his couple.

NOTICED: The movie shows three couples at different stages of their development: the newlywed young and happy couple building a new life; the tormented middle-aged couple who has to fight not to fall apart; the old man who every day regrets the death of his wife.

Subtle musical score

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup
Director: Angelina Jolie Pitt
Writer: Angelina Jolie Pitt
Cinematographer: Christian Berger
Editor: Martin Pensa, Patricia Rommel
Composer: Gabriel Yared