In honor of Sundance Festival, I decided to put together the movies I’m excited to see this year. Both on the small and big screen. I’m really excited with the range of movies coming out – Biopics, comedies, documentaries, dramas. I’m here for it all. Let’s get into this list.
- All Eyez on Me // Scheduled Release Date: November 2016 – If you are a hip hop head, you already know who this movie is about. They have been talking about a Tupac movie for a VERY LONG time so I’m that it finally got the green light! Benny Boom is the director which is interesting because he has most notably directed music videos. The movie was originally supposed to be directed by Anthony Fuqua and I honestly would’ve loved his directorial execution. Also, this is the first leading role for Demetrius Shipp, Jr., the guy that is cast as Tupac.
- Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall // Airing Date: February 5, 2016 – This documentary explores the period the legend Michael Jackson went from the Jackson 5 to releasing one of the greatest albums ever made, Off the Wall. One of the producers of this project is Spike Lee so I have hope that he will do it justice. It airs February 5, 2016 at 9 pm on Showtime.
- Race // Release Date: February 19, 2016 – When it came to sports, all my parents talked ever talked about was track + field, soccer and cricket. That’s typically in a West Indian household. When I saw the trailer for Race, all I could think about is my parents and their love for track and field. Race explores the life of Jesse Owens and his historic visit at the Berlin Olympics. Jesse Owens broke barriers and even said Hitler congratulated him for his achievement but FDR didn’t. I wonder how that will be depicted in the movie. Anyways I am interested to see this one. https://youtu.be/E31LnSw47xo
- Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill // Airing Date: March 12, 2016 – Out of all the presentation on this list, I’m looking forward this one the most. Audra McDonald reprises her role as Billie Holiday for a special HBO presentation. Audra McDonald is the most decorated Broadway performer with the most Tony Awards for a performer (see: #blackgirlmagic). The special tells Holiday’s life story through her most famous songs. It airs on HBO, so I might have to sign up for March to catch it. LOL.
- Confirmation // Scheduled Release Date: April 2016 – Kerry Washington can do no wrong by me. She’s the epitome of #blackgirlmagic. When it was announced that she was working on a film, I was elated. I’m excited to see her outside of Scandal. In this role, she will play Anita Hill, the attorney who publicly testified against Supreme Court Justice Uncle Ruckus Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment. I’m interested to see how this movie comes to life because it invoked conversations around sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s airing on HBO in April so I guess I’ll get HBO for March and April.
- Birth of a Nation // Scheduled Release Date: Unknown – I became a fan of Nate Parker’s work when he acted alongside Denzel Washington in the Great Debaters. Let’s not even mention his role in Beyond the Lights. If you have been reading the blog for awhile, you know how much I love that movie. After Beyond the Lights, he told his agent that he didn’t want to take any more roles until Birth of a Nation was completed. Two years later, here we are. He wrote, directed, produced and plays Nat Turner in this film. Quadruple threat. Lol. I’m all for a slave rebellion movie so when they officially release it, I’ll be there to see it.
- Miles Ahead // Release Date: April 1, 2015 – Listening to Kind of Blue was my first introduction to Miles Davis about 6 years ago. Since then, I have learned to appreciate the art of jazz. About 2 years ago, Don Cheadle launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund his feature directorial debut. I hear that Don actually learned to play the trumpet to prepare for the role. And the incomparable Herbie Hancock is the musical director so you already know the music will be amazing. It’s only going to be released to a few theaters so I hope the film makes it to Atlanta.
Any movie on your 2016 list to see? Looking forward to seeing any of these? Share in the comments below.