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Nina (2016)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 22 April 2016 (USA)
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The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

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Cynthia Mort

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Cynthia Mort
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Saldana ... Nina Simone
David Oyelowo ... Clifton Henderson
Kevin Mambo ... Gilles, Lead Guitarist
Ronald Guttman ... Henri Edwards
Chuma Gault ... Nina's Husband
Allison Sarofim ... Head Nurse
Mike Epps ... Richard Pryor
Keith David ... Clifton's Father
Ella Joyce ... Clifton's Mom
Stevens Gaston Stevens Gaston ... Clifton's Brother
Fred Cassidy ... Customs Agent
Jessica Oyelowo ... Nurse
Anthony Molinari ... Cop #1
Ella Thomas ... Lorraine Hansberry
Bonnie Bartlett ... Recital Stage Woman
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The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

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Singer. Activist. Survivor. Legend.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nina Simone See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mediocrity at it's very worse
22 April 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

So, I'll try to not include the controversy I heard about Star Trek's Zoe Saldana, playing the Infamous Nina Simone, although that's what made me interested in buying the ticket.

Overall, Saldana's performance was just OK. It's not the worse thing I've ever seen, it's not the best performance I've ever seen. It's not a milestone in her acting career, unlike her co-star David Oyelowo's magnificent turn as Doctor Martian Luther King Jr. in the movie, Selma. Mike Epps made an interesting cameo as Richard Pryor in the movie which left me something more than Saldana as Simone.

Nina is a focus on the last eight or so years of Simone's life, which was odd as Saldana (and the make up job they did on her) did not convince me she was a 70 year old woman. Mainly, it centers around the relationship Nina had with her new manager, Clifton Henderson.

It's another one of these films that tells us more about the type of personality the artist is rather than anything about the person's life. It's similar to Don Cheadle's take on Miles Davis in the film Miles Ahead, but that film had some magic in it that this movie does not.

Saldana and the film did an OK job letting us know the type of artist Nina Simone was, but you did not feel the passion behind it. I know it's near impossible to create a motion picture about Nina that would visually do what Simone could do with her musical talents, but I did not feel any effort towards it at all.

So overall, at the moment Saldana still has playing the most ionic woman in Sci-Fi on the top of her resume, while playing the greatest singer of all time will not even register. The make-up was fine and her voice was satisfying, but like I said I was not expected her to sound like Nina Simone, but this movie is not passionate like her music.


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