In 2018 there is no shortage of Black films hitting screens in historic fashion. Audiences and creatives alike have waited decades to see Black people represented in diverse and complex ways. If the following films are any indicator, this is our year. Here are 5 much-needed melinated-cinematic films coming to theaters in the coming months that we are super hype about.
The buzz and anticipation has been building for months over the release of Marvel’s first black super hero flick, so much pre-sale tickets are higher than any other film in the franchise and the trailer has garnered over 17 million views on YouTube. Then there’s that beautiful, star-studded cast including Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Sterling K. Brown and Daniel Kaluuya among others. The entire soundtrack is being produced by Kendrick Lamar and the film was directed by Ryan Coogler. (In theaters February 16)
Taraji P. Henson has showcased her range in spectacular form lately. She has branched out into TV, action and historical period pieces in recent years and in the forthcoming Acrimony, she shows off her fiercely dramatic side. The project was produced and directed by collaborator Tyler Perry and cast’s Taraji as a faithful woman scorned by a deceptive husband. She decides to even the score. What better time to celebrate a Black woman taking her life back from a cheating spouse than in 2018 when movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp are buzzing. Watch Taraji in Acrimony March 30th and see why #RevengeIsOnlyTheBeginning. (In theaters March 30)
Paula Patton and Omar Epps join forces in Deon Taylor’s Thriller titled Traffik. The project also features Paula’s previous collaborator (Jumping the Broom and Laz Alonso in a supporting role. There are racial undertones addressed in this film that are all the more relevant given the volatile condition of political discourse in present-day America. Patton and Epps play a couple on vacation in the mountains who are attacked by a biker gang and must defend themselves at all costs. (In theaters April 27)
There is another must thriller hitting theaters this spring in Breaking In. The Gabrielle Union-led project is about a mother who is forced to defend herself and her family from a dangerous home invasion. The phrase #PaybackIsAMother is the movie’s tagline and from the looks of the trailer, it is a perfect fit. Ajiona Alexus, star of both Empire (young Cookie) and Acrimony, plays Gabrielle’s daughter. It is exciting to see Gabrielle Union has been hard at work in the wake of Being Mary Jane getting canceled. Just goes to show that it is impossible to keep a good sista down. (In theaters May 11)
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeline L’Engle’s young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time has been developed by Disney before. The most recent incarnation however has way more melanin magic. Oprah Winfrey and Ava Duvernay are behind it and the lead characater Meg Murray, is now being played by Storm Reid (12 Years A Slave). Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris Pine among others lend their high profile names to this likely blockbuster, and Disney has bankrolled the epic sci-fi work into the visually stimulating wide release version the book deserves. (In theaters March 9th)