TV Review: Roots “Night 2”
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Night 2
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Teleplay by Alison McDonald
Based on the novel by Alex Haley
Starring Laurence Fishburne, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, E’myri Lee Crutchfield, Forest Whitaker, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Mandela Van Peebles, and Malachi Kirby
The History Channel | A&E | Lifetime
Air Date: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, 9:00pm

Last night on Roots, Mandinka warrior Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby), had a beautiful life, until he got caught and sold to the English by a rival tribe. He was thrown into the bowels of a slave ship traveling to America. They were chained and lined up like sardines, and when they tried to take over the ship, it got bloody. The English won, and some slaves were beheaded, included Kunta’s Uncle Silla. Kunta was sold to a plantation owner, Waller (James Purefoy) with a cruel overseer (Tony Curran). Another slave, Fiddler (Forest Whitaker) befriended Kunta, caring for him when he got viciously whipped.

Spoilers below.

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Movie Review: The Invitation
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The Invitation
Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch
Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Not Rated | 99 Minutes
Release Date: April 8, 2016

“Each and every one of us is on a journey, and we feel that it’s important to be on that journey with the people you love.”

Will (Logan Marshall-Green) has reluctantly accepted an invitation to attend a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard). Along with his girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), Will arrives at his former house in the Hollywood Hills, the site of both the evening’s gathering and a tragedy responsible for the dissolution of his marriage.

After disappearing for two years, Eden has returned with her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman), who she met on retreat in Mexico while recovering from a nervous breakdown. Together they have an evening planned that Will and the other guests will never forget.

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