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50 Plus 2019 Films Produced, Directed By Or Featuring Black Talent In Prominent Roles

A slew of films from Black directors, actors and actresses

With 2019 already in effect, it’s not too late to start looking at some of the films that are slated to hit theaters that feature Black talent in prominent roles (in front of or behind the screen). 2018 is considered the best year in Black cinema with the amount of the films that hit theaters, films that were critically acclaimed and films that did well at the box office. We also had a record 5 films directed by Black talent that hit over $100M domestically at the box office.

What’s still lacking is the number of Black females in prominent lead roles for studio films. While there were a great deal of Black actresses that had lead roles, a majority of them were for films that opened in limited release or films that played at festivals and waiting to be picked up for distribution. We also had fewer Black female directors who had films in theaters than the year before (2017) when a record 6 theatrical films were helmed by Black women.

Those stats should change this year with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as the lead in Jordan Peele’s Us, Tika Sumpter in An Acceptable Loss, Taraji P. Henson in What Men Want and The Best of Enemies, Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Fast Color, and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin in Little. Did I mention that at the age of 14, Martin is the youngest EP of a film ever. One record already established and the film hasn’t come out yet.

As far as directors Kasi Lemmons has the Harriet Tubman biopic coming out this year, Tina Gordon directed Little, Dee Rees is back in the mix with The Last Thing He Wanted and Melina Matsoukas is directing Queen & Slim from a script by Lena Waithe.

Here’s a list of at least 50 films that are slated for a 2019 theatrical or streaming release that are either produced, directed by or featuring Black talent in prominent roles. Included in the group are independent films that are completed that should appear at festivals with the hope of getting a distribution deal for this year as well.

The following are films with confirmed release dates

ESCAPE ROOM

Release Date: January 4, 2019
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Adam Robitel
Screenwriters: Bragi F. Schut and Maria Melnik
Starring:Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, and Nik Dodani

Six adventurous strangers travel to a mysterious building to experience the escape room — a game where players compete to solve a series of puzzles to win $10,000. What starts out as seemingly innocent fun soon turns into a living nightmare as the four men and two women discover each room is an elaborate trap that’s part of a sadistic game of life or death.

LIONHEART

Release Date: January 4, 2019
Studio: Netflix
Director: Genevieve Nnaji
Screenwriters: C.J Fiery Obasi based on a screenplay by Ishaya Bako and Emil Garuba.
Starring: Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, & Onyeka Onwenu

Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze (Nnaji) steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints his crude and eccentric brother, Godswill, instead to run the company with his young daughter. Complications arise when they discover that the family business is in dire financial straits and both Adaeze and Godswill try to save the company in their own way to crazy and often hilarious results.

THE UPSIDE

Release date:January 11, 2019
Studio:STXfilms, Lantern Entertainment
Director:Neil Burger
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for suggestive content and drug use)
Screenwriter:Jon Hartmere
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, Aja Naomi King

Written by Jon Hartmere, the English-language remake reinvents the French classic, “The Intouchables,” that took the world by storm and went on to gross over $400 million worldwide – making it the second highest grossing non-English language film of all time. “The Upside” chronicles the unexpected friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and convicted felon Dell (Hart), recently released from prison and in need of a job and a fresh start. From worlds apart, Phillip and Dell form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities.

GLASS

Release Date: January 18, 2019
Studio: Universal Pictures, Buena Vista International
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language)
Screenwriter:M. Night Shyamalan
Starring:Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, Adam David Thompson

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split” in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: “Glass.”

From “Unbreakable,” Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from “Split” are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of “Split,” “Glass” finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. – Sarah Paulson joins the film as a psychiatrist who describes herself as someone that specializes in “individuals who believe they are superheroes.” Present among her patients at a Philadelphia asylum are David Dunn, Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, and Kevin Wendell Crumb, aka The Horde.

AN ACCEPTABLE LOSS

Release Date: January 18, 2019
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Joe Chappelle
Screenwriter: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Tika Sumpter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Tavassoli, Alysia Reiner, Jeff Hephner, Deana Dunagan, Clarke Peters, David Eigenberg, Rex Linn, and Alex Weismann.

When former U.S. security adviser Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Lamm (Tika Sumpter) leaves public service to take a position as a university lecturer, the sins from her past come back to haunt her. U.S. President Rachel Burke (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her Chief of Staff Adrian (Jeff Hephner) pressure Lamm to remain loyal to their administration, even as mysterious student Martin (Ben Tavassoli) begins stalking her. This quartet converges as Libby seeks redemption, Rachel and Adrian seek compliance and Martin seeks the truth.

CANAL STREET

Release Date: January 18, 2019
Studio: Smith Global Media
Director: Ryhan LaMarr
Writers: Jon Knitter, Adam G. Key, Rhyan LaMarr
Producer: Rhyan LaMarr, Chris Jennings, Yancey Arias, Kevin Mullens, Bishop Eric Garnes
Cast: Bryshere Y. Gray, Woody McClain, Mekhi Phifer, Mykelti Williamson, Yancey Arias, Lance Reddick, Katie Chang, Jamie Hector, Kevin Quinn, Harry Lennix, Jon Seda, Will Yun Lee, Michael Beach and Giovanni Watson

Canal Street is a faith-filled and timely portrayal of racial and class conflicts ripped from today’s headlines, where young men of color are often guilty until proven innocent. After the murder of a white classmate, all eyes fall on Kholi Styles (Gray), the new kid at his high school. It is up to his father Jackie Styles (Williamson), an up-and-coming lawyer from the south side of Chicago, to prove his son is not the monster the world has made him out to be. This inspirational film will be entertaining for audiences of all ages.

VELVET BUZZSAW

Release Date: February 1, 2019
Studio: Netflix
Director: Dan Gilroy
Screenwriter: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich

In the cutthroat world of fine-art trading and representation, up-and-coming agent Josephina (Zawe Ashton) stumbles across a secret weapon: hundreds of dazzling paintings left behind after an elderly tenant in her building dies. Ignoring the instructions the clandestine artist left to destroy his work, she promptly starts circulating the paintings, which soon attract the attention of the heavy hitters around her—including her boss Rhodora (Rene Russo), art critic (and Josephina’s sometime lover) Morf (Jake Gyllenhaal), and competing collectors, managers, and curators like Bryson (Billy Magnussen) and Gretchen (Toni Collette). Yet as the deceased artist’s portraits gain posthumous acclaim, they also awaken something imperceptible and sinister that threatens to punish those who have profited from his work.

WHAT MEN WANT

Release Date: February 6, 2019
Studio:Paramount Players
Director:Adam Shankman
Producers: Will Packer, James Lopez
Starring:Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu

The new film follows Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson), a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

HIGH FLYING BIRD

Release Date: February 8, 2019
Studio: Netflix
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Screenwriter: Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)
Cast: André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke, plus appearances from NBA athletes Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell

In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Release Date: February 14, 2019
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Robert Rodriguez
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screenwriters: James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis, Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

Set in the 26th century, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by Dyson. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals. Within the context of an epic action-adventure, the film aims to explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love.

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY

Release Date: February 14, 2019
Studio: MGM, Annapurna Distribution
Director: Stephen Merchant
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content)
Screenwriter: Stephen Merchant
Starring: Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige™. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

Release Date: March 1, 2019
Studio: Netflix
Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Writer: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Based on the book “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William
Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Cast: Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa, Philbert Falakeza, with Joseph Marcell and Noma Dumezweni

Young William Kamkwamba lives with his family in rural Malawi, where he attends school regularly and shows great aptitude for his studies. Yet after land development and poor weather lead to a meager harvest, famine strikes the village, alarming the community and forcing William to drop out of school when his father (Chiwetel Ejiofor) can no longer afford the fees. Determined to find a way out of the life-threatening situation his family is facing, William sneaks into the school library to research—and soon conspires to build a windmill pump to irrigate the land. Caught between his father’s close-minded skepticism and the difficulty of creating a machine out of bicycle parts and scrap materials, William races against the clock to fight for his community’s survival.

A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL

Release Date: March 1, 2019
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Tyler Perry
Screenwriter: Tyler Perry
Starring: Courtney Burrell, Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cassi Davis, Ciera Payton, Rome Flynn, Khaneshia ‘KJ’ Smith, Aeriél Miranda, David Otunga, Joel Rush, Selena Anduze, Quin Walters, David Dunston, Jen Harper, Shaun McMillan, Renah Gallagher, Ary Katz, Chandra Currelley-Young, Odin Gomez, Bobby Akers

In Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, a joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral is the eighth film in the franchise and will be the final film from Tyler Perry that is distributed by Lionsgate.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

Release Date: March 8, 2019
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Screenwriters: Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Algenis Pérez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, Annette Bening

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Lashana Lynch plays Maria Rambeau, one of Carol’s oldest friends. She’s a top-notch Air Force pilot with the call sign “Photon,” and she’s also a single mother to a young daughter.”

US

Release Date: March 15, 2019
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Jordan Peele
Screenwriter: Jordan Peele
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, Winston Duke, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon, Duke Nicholson

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

CAPTIVE STATE

Release Date: March 29, 2019
Studio: Focus Features
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Screenwriters: Rupert Wyatt, Erica Beeney
Starring: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Colson Baker (a.k.a Machine Gun Kelly), Kiki Layne, and Vera Farmiga

An extraterrestrial force occupies the world, enslaving humanity under the guise of peaceful unity. The film explores the lives of a Chicago neighborhood on both sides of the conflict: the collaborators and the dissidents. It involves themes such as oppressive government, the public being lied to, and the way some rise up against it.

The film follows the life of Chicago Police Officer Mulligan (Goodman), who is tasked with uniting the world against the extra-terrestrial enemy. He recruits Gabriel (Sanders), the young son of a fallen soldier who joined a rebel group called Phoenix

FAST COLOR

Release Date: March 29, 2019
Studio: Codeblack Films
Director: Julia Hart
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for a scene of violence and brief strong language)
Screenwriters: Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local Sheriff (David Strathairn), she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter (Saniyya Sidney) and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along.

THE BEST OF ENEMIES

Release Date: APRIL 5, 2019
Studio: STXfilms
Director: Robin Bissell
Screenwriter: Robin Bissell from Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, Sope Aluko, John Gallagher Jr., Bruce McGill, Perla Middleton, Caitlin Mehner, Jessica Miesel, Carson Holmes, Ned Vaughn, Rhoda Griffis, Babou Ceesay, Jill Jane Clements, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Nadej k Bailey, Rachel Marie Lewis, Susan Williams

The story centers on the battle and eventual friendship between Ann Atwater (Henson), a working class, single black mother in Durham, NC, who quit her job as a household domestic to join the civil rights fight, and C. P. Ellis (Rockwell), a working class white man also from Durham who, as a young man, joined the Ku Klux Klan. They fought for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree. That event changed both of their lives immeasurably.”

LITTLE

Release Date: April 12, 2019
Studio: Universal Pictures
Directors: Tina Gordon
Producers: Will Packer. James Lopez
Screenwriters:Tracy Oliver, Camilla Blackett
Starring: Marsai Martin, Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Justin Hartley, JD McCrary, Caleb Emery, Luke James, Mikey Day

Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.

BREAKTHROUGH

Release date: April 12, 2019
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Roxann Dawson
Producer: DeVon Franklin
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic content including peril)
Screenwriter: Grant Nieporte
Starring: Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell and Dennis Haysbert

When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost, but Joyce refuses to give up and her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery.

Colter will play Tommy Shine, a Firefighter who saves Joyce’s (Metz) son from the water after hearing a voice telling him where to look. Before John’s drowning, he didn’t believe in God. After watching John fight, he finds a reason to believe.

LITTLE WOODS

Release Date: April 19, 2019
Studio: NEON
Director: Nia DaCosta
Starring: Tessa Thompson and Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale and Lance Reddick

Little Woods, North Dakota, a fracking boomtown well beyond its prime. Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (James), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex. The two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother’s house or face foreclosure. As bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she’d left behind for just one more score or to leave it all behind.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Release Date:April 26, 2019
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenwriters: Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scalett Johansson, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sebastian Stan, Katherine Langford

This year’s Avengers: Infinity War saw the titular superhero team take the fight to Thanos in order to stop his quest of exterminating half of the universe’s population with the Infinity stones, but it was to no avail, as he was able to successfully collect them all and snap his fingers, wiping out half of everyone from existence in a cloud of ash, including Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), King T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Groot (Vin Diesel), Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Mantis (Pom Klementief), Drax (Dave Bautista), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), as well as Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lily), Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), though Fury was able to send a signal to what appears to be Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

THE INTRUDER

Release Date: April 26, 2019
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director: Deon Taylor
Producer: Roxanne Avent
Screenwriter: David Loughery
Starring:Michael Ealy, Meaghan Good, Dennis Quaid, Joseph Sikora

The film is a psychological thriller about a young married couple who buys a beautiful Napa Valley home only to find that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property, and he slowly terrorizes them. Quaid plays the seller and Good and Ealy play the couple who discover that the motivated seller has no intention of vacating the premises.

SOMEONE GREAT

Release Date: April 2019
Studio: Netflix
Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Writer: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Producers: Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Anthony Bregman, ​Peter Cron, Gina Rodriguez
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise, Lakeith Stanfield

Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has just landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers up her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City. From writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator of MTV’s Sweet/Vicious) SOMEONE GREAT is a hilarious and heartfelt story of friendship, love, and what it means to let go of your twenties and enter adulthood.

UNICORN STORE

Release Date: April 2019
Studio: Netflix
Director: Brie Larson
Screenwriter: Samantha McIntyre
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford, Karan Soni, Mamoudou Athie, Mary Holland, and Hamish Linklater

Larson plays Kit, a unicorn-obsessed art student who must face reality when her art dreams are dashed. An oddball life lesson comes in the form of flamboyant salesman (Samuel L. Jackson), who claims to be able to help her adopt her own unicorn if she fulfils a series of chores and instructions.

OTHERHOOD

Release Date: April 26, 2019
Studio: Netflix
Director: Cindy Chupack
Writers: Cindy Chupack & Mark Andrus, Based on William Sutcliffe’s novel, W​hatever Makes You Happy
Cast: Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman, Jake Lacy, Sinqua Walls, Jake Hoffman

For empty nesters, what’s the difference between letting your children grow up and letting them grow distant? This year, on Mother’s Day, feeling marginalized and forgotten, long time friends Carol (Angela Bassett), Gillian (Patricia Arquette) and Helen (Felicity Huffman) decide to drive to New York to reconnect with their adult sons, and in the process, they realize their sons are not the only ones whose lives need to change. A journey to relate becomes a journey of rediscovery that forces these women to redefine their relationships with their children, friends, spouses and most importantly, themselves. Written and directed by Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City), OTHERHOOD is a soulful, hilarious and honest exploration of life after motherhood.

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