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TwiView: The High Note (2020)

The High Note is all about reaching for your dreams and never giving up in the face of adversity. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is an overworked, and probably really underpaid personal assistant to music superstar Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross). Both women yearn to move forward in their careers. Maggie wants to be a music producer, and Grace wants to reach new heights with her music. But reaching for their dreams doesn’t come without pitfalls and setbacks.

So how is the movie? I am in love with The High Note. The High Note is just the movie needed right now. The situations portrayed in the movie are relatable for so many that the movie sucks you in and you cannot help to love and cheer for the characters. I want to buy the Blu-ray and soundtrack right now and put them on repeat because the soundtrack and Tracee Ellis Ross are so superb. I give The High Note an A. The movie also stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Diplo, Bill Pulman, Zoe Chao, and June Diane Raphael. The High Note is PG-13 due to strong language and ever so slight suggestive references and will be available at home on-demand starting 5/29/2020. – (R. Barry)

Focus Featurs’ Africa First program announces this year’s winners

I’m ashamed to admit that I’d never heard of the Africa First program. But it does good work by awarding “5 emerging African filmmakers” ten thousand dollars.  Not a bad way to help them get their career kicked into high gear.

This year’s winners are: Mr. Vincent Moloi (from South Africa); Mr. Jeremiah Mosese (from Lesotho); Ms. Ekwa Msangi-Omari (from Tanzania); Ms. Samantha Nell (from South Africa); and Mr. William Nicholson (from South Africa).  Congratulations to the winners!

Read more about the films they’ll be making, and about Africa First after the jump!

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What’s Moonrise Kingdom? A record-breaking new movie, that’s what.

I adore Wes Anderson movies.  Okay, maybe Bottle Rocket didn’t do it for me, but RushmoreThe Life Aquatic?  Absolutely.  Not to mention The Royal Tennenbaums, one of my top-ten movies of all time.  (Hey, it’s like he filmed my life y’all.)

Anyway, his latest is Moonrise Kingdom, and last weekend it set a record by posting “the highest recorded per-theater average for a live-action movie released domestically.”  Not to shabby.

Read on for more info from the folks at Focus Features!

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