Disney movies about triumphant characters overcoming great odds often come with a heavy serving of sap, hyperbolizing struggles and achievements with a glossy Hollywood veneer. Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe doesn’t entirely do that. While there is a sweet and sentimental flourish, Nair’s film about a young Uganda chess champion plays like a sincere biopic that isn’t desperate to pry tears from your eyes or exploit a minority tale for dramatic effect.
Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ is both a love story and a tale of how one small union can usher in a larger one.
The first trailer for Amma Asante's historical drama A United Kingdom is here, and Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo are having a hard time reconciling their love with their countries’ animosity. Pike and Oyelowo play real life figures Ruth Williams and Seretse Kama, who fell in love during the time of apartheid in Botswana in the 1940s.
After winning an Oscar for her incredible breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has been awesomely unpredictable in her career choices. Instead of following up the acclaimed drama with more acclaimed dramas, Nyong’o starred in two films back-to-back where she portrayed animated characters. More than anything, it’s left us anxious to see her in another live-action film, which makes the first trailer for Queen of Katwe pretty exciting.
J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot’s God Particle is picking up some steam, and following last year’s recruitment of newcomer Julius Onah to direct the long-developing sci-fi thriller, the project has found a pair of impressive actors. Selma’s David Oyelowo and Beyond the Lights star Gugu Mbatha-Raw will play the lead roles in God Particle, which will finally begin shooting sometime this year for a 2017 release.
Before Ang Lee began production on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the director was set to follow Life of Pi with another 3D film, moving the action from the ocean to the boxing ring with the story of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali’s legendary match. The untitled film has found new life as Lee has moved the project from Universal to Studio 8, with Ray Fisher and Selma’s David Oyelowo emerging as frontrunners for the main event.
Star Wars Rebels gave hungry fans a taste of the old world with its Vader-centric Season 2 premiere, but with fresh installments months away, the acclaimed animated series has its own Season 1 Blu-ray / DVD ahead. Preview the return of Star Wars Rebels’ landmark opening season, and see what features lie in store!
Oh boy. This is the trailer for Captive, a new thriller inspired by real events, in which a single mother is kidnapped by an escaped convict, but don’t worry! Thanks to this best-selling self-help book someone gave her, she finds a way to bond with her kidnapper and survive — basically, it’s one long commercial for a book your aunt probably has sitting on a shelf somewhere.
Of last year’s many Oscar snubs, David Oyelowo not receiving a nomination for his commanding leading performance in Selma was a total shock. 2014 was Oyelowo’s breakout year, and Selma cemented his place as an intensely talented star. The actor has a few films hitting theaters this year, and one hitting the small screen, as well: Nightingale, the new HBO film from producer Brad Pitt. And judging by the first trailer, Oyelowo knocks this one out of the park — but are you really surprised?
David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay have proven to be a rather wonderful team, and although both were snubbed at the Oscars for DuVernay’s powerful ‘Selma,’ the pair are already plotting their next reunion: a currently untitled mystery drama set around Hurricane Katrina, which DuVernay will write and direct and Oyelowo will star in and produce.