So many movies have been thrown under-the-radar for different reasons; either because they did not make it to the blockbuster list, famous actors were not casted, or the movies were not produced by famous movie producers.
We have compiled a list of underrated African- American movies you will find interesting to watch. Check them out.
This story is about a Seventeen-year-old high school senior (Zora Howard), who engages in a summer romance with the mysterious music producer. She immerses herself in the relationship to a point where she loses her sense of self; after an unexpected pregnancy, she realizes she needs to make adult decisions before leaving home for college.
Premature is Zora Howard’s first starring role, and first time writing a feature film which was co-written with director Rashaad Ernesto Green. At age 13 she was the youngest poet ever to win the Urban Word NYC Grand Slam finals. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Yale University and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. (Wikipedia) On review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92%. The website’s critical consensus reads “Premature transcends its familiar trappings with sharp dialogue and a strong sense of setting that further establish Rashaad Ernesto Green as a gifted filmmaker”. The movie made $22.9K in Box office. Rotten tomatoes
Giving Voice (2020)
The documentary with appearances from Oscar winners, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, highlights the lives and talents of high school students who’ve taken a deep interest in playwright August Wilson’s work. The students are all competing in the national August Wilson monologue competition, and not only do Wilson’s words give them the confidence to pursue their dreams of becoming actors on stage and screen, but they learn valuable lessons from his text that they can apply to their lives.
On review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100%. The film had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 26. Shortly after, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film. (Wikipedia)
The Fits (2016)
The Fits tells a unique story of a tom-boy who follows her brother’s footsteps and trains in boxing, before discovering a new passion after she auditions for the school dance troupe. Following this experience, she begins to question her identity and need to fit in.
In 2014 Holmer pitched the idea of her film, The Fits to Biennale College Cinema. She was awarded a grant and proceeded to make her film on a microbudget. The film premiered at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015 and then went on to play at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired for distribution by Oscilloscope Laboratories. (Wikipedia)
On review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 96%. The website’s critical consensus reads “As gripping as it is unique, the thrillingly kinetic The Fits marks debuting writer-director Anna Rose Holmer as a singular talent”. The movie made about $167,137 in Box office. (Wikipedia)
Charm City Kings (2020)
This movie tells the story of a sensitive neighborhood kid, who wants to be a part of the Midnight Clique dirt bike group. Not only is it an impressively told coming-of-age story, but an intimate look at a story of friends becoming family.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 81% based on reviews from 54 critics. The site’s critics consensus reads: “Charm City Kings falls shy of more effective similarly themed coming-of-age films, but strong direction and engaging performances make its flaws easy to forgive”. Rotten tomatoes
The movie narrates the story of sex workers taking control of their careers, and the struggle between sexism and racism, to achieve financial success. It is based on director Numa Perrier’s life as a sex worker.
Jezebel premiered at SXSW on March 9, 2019. It sold out three shows and a fourth show was added to meet demand. Ava Duvernay’s distribution company ARRAY acquired the film in January 2020 and released it on Netflix.
Critics received the film positively. The film has an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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