a guide to current and upcoming film releases in cinemas
featuring talent from the African diaspora in front of and behind the camera

a project of Nate Parker & Michael Dequina
in loving memory of John Singleton
last update: May 31, 2019


Godzilla: King of the Monsters poster Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • Cast: Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
  • Director: Michael Dougherty
  • Opened May 31

    The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against Godzilla, who faces off against a number of other monsters.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Ma poster Ma

  • Cast: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Dante Brown, Diana Silvers
  • Director: Tate Taylor
  • Opened May 31

    An older stranger's hospitality to a group of teens gradually turns into something darker.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Aladdin poster Aladdin

  • Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Opened May 24

    A young man on the streets discovers a magic lamp and the genie who lives inside.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Tomorrow Man poster The Tomorrow Man

  • Cast: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner
  • Director: Noble Jones
  • Opened May 22

    A man who spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come and a woman who spends her life shopping for things she may never use try to find love.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • John Wick Chapter 3 poster John Wick: Chapter 3--Parabellum

  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos
  • Director: Chad Stahelski
  • Opened May 17

    Assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Sun Is Also a Star poster The Sun Is Also a Star

  • Cast: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton
  • Director: Ry Russo-Young
  • Opened May 17

    A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family's life.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Black Mother poster Black Mother

  • Director: Khalik Allah
  • Opened May 10

    A lyrical documentary ode to Jamaica and its people.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Detective Pikachu poster Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

  • Cast: Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds
  • Director: Rob Letterman
  • Opened May 10

    A former Pokémon trainer teams up with his detective father's former partner: Pikachu.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Poms poster Poms

  • Cast: Pam Grier, Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston, Rhea Perlman
  • Director: Zara Hayes
  • Opened May 10

    A woman moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Bolden poster Bolden

  • Cast: Gary Carr, Yaya DaCosta, Michael Rooker, Ian McShane
  • Director: Dan Pritzker
  • Opened May 3

    A surreal look at the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Intruder poster The Intruder

  • Cast: Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Dennis Quaid
  • Director: Deon Taylor
  • Opened May 3

    A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Hollywood premiere introduction video

  • Long Shot poster Long Shot

  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Director: Jonathan Levine
  • Opened May 3

    A journalist is hired to be the speechwriter for a presidential candidate who was once his babysitter and childhood crush.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Ugly Dolls poster UglyDolls

  • Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes, Lizzo
  • Director: Kelly Asbury
  • Opened May 3

    Dolls from the town of Uglyville leave their comfortable borders and confront what it means to be different.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Kelly Clarkson "Broken & Beautiful" live performance video

  • Avengers: Endgame poster Avengers: Endgame

  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Tessa Thompson, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
  • Director: Joe & Anthony Russo
  • Opened April 26

    The superhero team reassembles after a devastating tragedy.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Fast Color poster Fast Color

  • Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney
  • Director: Julia Hart
  • Opened April 19

    A woman with superhuman abilities returns to her family after years on the run.

    Trailer | IMDb | Q&A video

  • Little Woods poster Little Woods

  • Cast: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Lance Reddick
  • Director: Nia DaCosta
  • Opened April 19

    Two sisters who work outside the law to better their lives.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Stuck poster Stuck

  • Cast: Giancarlo Esposito, Ashanti, Omar Chaparro
  • Director: Michael Berry
  • Opened April 19

    Six strangers get stuck on a New York City subway together and change each others lives in unexpected ways.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Breakthrough poster Breakthrough

  • Cast: Mike Colter, Chrissy Metz, Dennis Haysbert
  • Director: Roxann Dawson
  • Producer: DeVon Franklin
  • Opened April 17

    A mother keeps a prayer vigil over her teen son after he drowns in a lake.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Hollywood premiere introduction video

  • Amazing Grace poster Amazing Grace

  • Producer: Alan Elliott
  • Opened April 12

    Aretha Franklin records her landmark gospel album live over two nights at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts in 1972.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Event Video

  • Little poster Little

  • Cast: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Luke James, Tone Bell
  • Director: Tina Gordon Chism
  • Producer: Will Packer
  • Opened April 12

    A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Hollywood premiere introduction video

  • The Best of Enemies poster The Best of Enemies

  • Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell
  • Director: Robin Bissell
  • Opened April 5

    Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • High Life poster High Life

  • Cast: Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Robert Pattinson
  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Opened April 5

    A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Q&A video

  • Dragged Across Concrete poster Dragged Across Concrete

  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Vince Vaughn
  • Director: S. Craig Zahler
  • Opened March 22

    Two overzealous cops get suspended from the force and must delve into the criminal underworld to get their just due.

    Trailer | IMDb | Q&A video

  • Us poster Us

  • Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
  • Director: Jordan Peele
  • Opened March 22

    A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Yardie poster Yardie

  • Cast: Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham
  • Director: Idris Elba
  • Opened March 15

    A young Jamaican man encounters the man who shot his brother ten years earlier and embarks on a quest for retribution.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Captain Marvel poster Captain Marvel

  • Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan
  • Director: Anna Fleck, Ryan Boden
  • Opened March 8

    Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • A Madea Family Funeral poster A Madea Family Funeral

  • Cast: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Courtney Burrell
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Opened March 1

    A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as an unexpected funeral might unveil unsavory family secrets.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JUNE 7

    Cargo poster Cargo

  • Cast: Warren Brown, Omar J. Dorsey, Persia White, Jimmy Jean-Louis
  • Director: Kareem Mortimer

    A Bahamian Fisherman with a gambling addiction in Nassau takes a job smuggling Haitians to Florida in a desperate ploy to support his family.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb | Q&A video

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco poster The Last Black Man in San Francisco

  • Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps
  • Director: Joe Talbot

    A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2 poster The Secret Life of Pets 2

  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt
  • Director: Chris Renaud

    Pets live secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • This One's for the Ladies poster This One's for the Ladies

  • Director: Gene Graham

    A documentary exploration of the sexual and social identity of contemporary black America through intimate accounts from women and men who find love and community in the underground world of exotic dancing.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JUNE 12-16

    ABFF poster American Black Film Festival

    The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a five-day retreat and premiere destination film market that will feature many of Hollywood’s heavyweights and industry insiders. Founded in 1997, the mission of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is to strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development.

    Official Site

    JUNE 14

    The Dead Don't Die poster The Dead Don't Die

  • Cast: Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Adam Driver, RZA
  • Director: Jim Jarmusch

    A small, peaceful town finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Men in Black International poster Men in Black International

  • Cast: Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Chris Hemsworth
  • Director: F. Gary Gray

    The Men in Black seek out a mole in the organization.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Shaft poster Shaft

  • Cast: Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp
  • Director: Tim Story

    An MIT-educated cybersecurity expert enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JUNE 21

    Child's Play poster Child's Play

  • Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry
  • Director: Lars Klevberg

    A single mother gives her son a doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am poster Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

  • Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

    The author examines her life, her works, and the themes addressed throughout her literary career.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JULY 3

    Spider-Man: Far from Home poster Spider-Man: Far from Home

  • Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei
  • Director: Jon Watts

    On a school trip to Europe with his friends, Peter Parker is recruited by Nick Fury to team up with Mysterio to battle the Elementals.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • JULY 19

    The Lion King poster The Lion King

  • Cast: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Director: Jon Favreau

    The son of a lion king is faced with claiming his royal birthright.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 2

    Hobbs & Shaw poster Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren
  • Director: David Leitch

    Two sworn enemies form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 9

    The Kitchen poster The Kitchen

  • Cast: Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Common
  • Director: Andrea Berloff

    The wives of New York gangsters in the 1970s continue to operate their imprisoned husbands' operations.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 16

    The Angry Birds Movie 2 poster The Angry Birds Movie 2

  • Cast: Leslie Jones, Sterling K. Brown, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, Awkwafina, Jason Sudeikis
  • Director: Thurop Van Orman

    The flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their beef to the next level.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • AUGUST 23

    Overcomer poster Overcomer

  • Cast: Priscilla Shirer, Alex Kendrick
  • Director: Alex Kendrick

    A down on his luck high school sports coach finds new inspiration from an unlikely track athlete.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb


    21 Bridges poster 21 Bridges

  • Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Stephan James
  • Director: Brian Kirk

    A disgraced detective in the NYPD is given a shot at redemption.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb


    Urbanworld Film Festival poster Urbanworld Film Festival

    The Urbanworld Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld Digital track focused on digital and social media. Urbanworld has also provided a platform for some of today's leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace.

    Official Site

    OCTOBER 11

    Gemini Man poster Gemini Man

  • Cast: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong
  • Director: Ang Lee

    An aging hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb


    HBFF poster Hollywood Black Film Festival

    The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 4-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world.

    Official Site

    LATE 2019

    Harriet poster Harriet

  • Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Tory Kittles, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters
  • Director: Kasi Lemmons

    Harriet Tubman escapes slavery and frees many others through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.



    Cats poster Cats

  • Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
  • Director: Tom Hooper

    A tribe of cats must decide yearly who will ascend to the sky and come back to a new life.

    IMDb | Jennifer Hudson "Memory" live performance video


    Spies in Disguise poster Spies in Disguise

  • Cast: Will Smith, Rashida Jones, Tom Holland, DJ Khaled
  • Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

    When the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world.

    Trailer | Official Site | IMDb

  • FEBRUARY 2020

    PAFF poster Pan African Film and Arts Festival

    The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America's largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, showcasing the largest number of national and international films from international filmmakers. The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

    Official Site

    JULY 16, 2021

    Space Jam 2 poster Space Jam 2

  • Cast: LeBron James
  • Director: Terence Nance
  • Producers: Ryan Coogler, LeBron James, Maverick Carter

    LeBron James, Bugs Bunny, and the Looney Tunes gang team up for an outer space adventure.

    Official Site | IMDb

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