Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood. Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Danny Glover. 116 min. Rated PG-13. Drama/Musical.
In a competition for profits, a black superstar singer is prostituted to fame by the studio system and her own mother (who of course, is white), until she falls for a cop (who of course, is black) and discovers "the true meaning of life". The movie proves that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, similar to last year's newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, is up for one helluva career; meanwhile, as she showed in her Secret Life of Bees, director Prince-Bythewood makes decent films, but when getting African-American issues across, is still unable to deliver punches the way 12 Years a Slave or Selma do.