This Steven Spielberg-directed exploration into a long-ago episode in African-American history recounts the trial that followed the 1839 rebellion aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad and captures the complex political maneuverings set in motion by the event. Filmed in New England and Puerto Rico the 152-minute drama opens with a pre-credit sequence showing Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) and the other Africans in a violent takeover of the Amistad. Captured they are imprisoned in New England where former slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) viewing the rebels as “freedom fighters,” approaches property lawyer Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) who attempts to prove the Africans were “stolen goods” because they were kidnapped. Running for re-election President Martin Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne) overturns the lower court’s decision in favor of the Africans. Former President John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) is reluctant to become involved but when the case moves on to the Supreme Court Adams stirs emotions with a powerful defense. The storyline occasionally cuts away to Spain where the young Queen Isabella (Anna Paquin) plays with dolls; she later debated the Amistad case with seven U.S. presidents. The character portrayed by Morgan Freeman is a fictional composite of several historical figures. For authentic speech the Africans speak the Mende language subtitled during some scenes but not others.
Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall), a take-no-prisoners tech mogul, wakes up one morning in the body of her 13-year-old self (Marsai Martin) right before a do-or-die presentation. Her beleaguered assistant April (Issa Rae) is the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body, just as everything is on the line.
It’s bedtime on Sesame Street! Just like all little kids, Elmo and Abby would rather make funny faces and sing silly songs than go to sleep. Luckily, Elmo’s dad Louie knows just how to deal with extra glasses of water and little monsters who are afraid of the dark. Parents will love practical strategies Louie uses to get Elmo and Abby to go to bed, and children will love snuggling under the covers with this timeless video.
In their arresting new film, filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and photographer Edward Burtynsky travel the globe to document the impact humans have had on our planet.
The death of the King of Rock n Roll shocked the world. How did this happen? The true story of Elvis Presley’s last hours on Earth is told by the men who knew him best, his Memphis Mafia. Elvis’ closest friends and confidants share their memories and experiences with the King and what really happened during his final hours. Including interviews with Sonny West, Billy Smith, Larry Geller, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Marty Lacker, and Lamar Fike.
The Invocation is an exploration of the notion of God and a call for global harmony through foundations of religion, spirituality, history, science, politics and art. Embark on a worldwide journey with the inspiring thoughts of Sharon Stone, Deepak Chopra, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, Michael Beckwith, Mark Wahlberg, Rosario Dawson, Olivier Stone and with the music of Annie Lennox.