Fall is officially here, and the movie slate is heating up – at both the multiplex and the art house, where this month’s offerings include historical epics, heartfelt dramas, gut-wrenching documentaries, genre riffs, and oddball comedies. Here are just a few of the highlights:
The Birth of a Nation
Release Date: October 7
Director: Nate Parker
Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Dwight Henry, Gabrielle Union
Others have made their arguments, and passionately, as to whether they’ll see Nate Parker’s dramatization of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in light of troubling revelations about Mr. Parker’s past, and it’s everyone’s own call to make. But for whatever it’s worth, his film is stirring and emotionally wrecking – and important. Parker plays Turner, a charismatic preacher and leader who begins to consider exactly what it means to be a man of God, who finally decides he has seen enough injustice, and cannot see any more. The visceral power of the rebellion is undeniable, but Parker doesn’t just settle on this momentary victory and inspiration; he underscores the fallout as well, and understands how this story from 1831 remains relevant to this day. Suitably epic filmmaking, yet bursting with life and power.