First screened in October 2019
Director: Kasi Lemmons. Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Janelle Monaé, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Zackary Momoh,Henry Hunter Hall, Omar J. Dorsey, Joseph Lee Anderson, Antonio J. Bell, CJ McBath, Alexis Louder, Deborah Ayorinde, Jennifer Nettles, Mike Marunde, Jenna Marie Hess, Nick Basta, Tim Guinee, Tory Kittles. Screenplay: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons (based on an original story by Gregory Allen Howard).

Twitter Capsule: Earnest and stirring, but no cohesive aesthetic or POV takes hold. Even good scenes and touches seem to clash with others.

VOR:   Better late (and flawed) than never! Game interest in Harriet's faith, but in ways that distort action and character. Odd stresses, and lack of danger?

Photo © 2019 Focus Features

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Cynthia Erivo
Best Original Song: "Stand Up"

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Drama): Cynthia Erivo
Best Original Song: "Stand Up"

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