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Our Picks + One Night In Miami

Sunday 25 April 2021, by Abla Kandalaft, Coco Green

Regina King’s directorial debut starring Kingsley Ben-Adir Malcolm X, Eli Goree as Cassius Clay, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown, and Leslie Odom Jr. Sam Cooke, is a fictionalised account of the four icons’ meeting in Miami, Fl after Clay’s first heavyweight title about with Sonny Liston. The film is based on the Kemp Powers play which imagines their one night at the Hampton House, located in Brownsville, outside of Liberty City, due to segregation laws in Miami, which was the base for Miami’s black performers and celebrities. Its strength lies in the key questions it debates about black struggle and empowerment in 1960s America. 

We also bring up the issue of celebrity endorsements of certain causes, the recent British "race report" and casting British actors to play Black Americans. 

Top picks include ITV psychological drama Too Close, wacky Nicolas Cage comedy horror Willy’s Wonderland (Amazon Prime) and jaw-droppingly bizarre documentary Abducted In Plain Sight (Netflix), as well as the online premiere of short film Savage.

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