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The film is set against the backdrop of the U.K. summer riots in 2011. The story centers on a wayward teen, played by Letitia Wright, who is encouraged by Henderson’s inspiring and unconventional social worker to use singing as an escape from her troubled background — while her loyalties soon become torn between Henderson’s character and her possessive and volatile best friend, played by Isabella Laughland. Ian Hart also stars.
“Urban Hymn” will screen in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Washington, D.C. The film will also be available On Demand platforms including At&T U-verse, Comcast, DirecTV, Spectrum, Amazon Instant, iTunes, Dish Network, Vubiquity and Vudu.
- Dave McNary
Several years ago, Mark Harris began feeling a little self-conscious about a gap in his film-history knowledge. As a journalist for Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine and the late, lamented Web site Grantland, among others, he'd covered the waterfront of contemporary moviemaking. As an author, his book Pictures at a Revolution dissected the moment in the late 1960s when the last gasp of the Golden Age studio system gave way to what become known as "New Hollywood." Ask him about the works of legends like, say, John Ford and Frank Capra, »
Arguably the best documentary ever made about Hollywood and wartime, Five Came Back is nirvana for movie lovers and a real eye-opener for anyone new to the subject. Based on the brilliant, richly detailed bestseller by Mark Harris, this three-part chronicle of filmmakers doing their patriotic duty is receiving a theatrical run while also being available as a miniseries on Netflix. Whichever way you catch it, don't think of missing it.
Subtitled A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, Harris' 2014 book pivoted between the P.O.V.s »
3 items from 2017
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