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30 @birmingham_live BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 FRIDAY LIVE DAMON SMITH’S CINEMA SCORES ALSO SHOWING Nicole Beharie as Turquoise Jones and Alexis Chikaeze as Kai MISS JUNETEENTH (15) SCHEMERS (15) A ★★★★ ★ ★★ ★★★ DRAMA comedy based on the true story of how Dundee-born concert promoter Dave McLean (who directs) cut his teeth before he moved to London and became manager of rock band Placebo. Davie (Conor Berry, pictured) harbours fanciful dreams of playing for Dundee United Football Club but his flirtation with the beautiful game is cut short when he scores off the field. During a drunken night out, Davie succumbs to the charms of a girl who is “the spitting image of the blonde bird from ABBA”. When her brutish fiancé (David Izatt) discovers the alcohol-fuelled fumble, he breaks one of Davie’s legs. Hobbling around town on crutches, Davie spots an opportunit­y to make money by organising a university disco. He joins forces with drug dealer Scot (Sean Connor) and DJ John (Grant R Keelan) to stage the event which is a roaring success. Davie excitedly expands his horizons to book Simple Minds for the princely sum of £15 and six cans of lager under the banner of Twa Bridges Promotions. Consequent­ly, Davie, Scot and John become entangled with Fergie (Alastair Thomson Mills), who controls the city’s largest music venues. DOGGEDLY determined mother pins her dreams on her teenage daughter in writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples’ assured debut, which empowers nuanced female characters to find their voices and speak their truths. Turbocharg­ed by a powerhouse central performanc­e from Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth nimbly sidesteps predictabl­e plot choices to quietly and proudly preach the strength of African American women. Peoples’ film wears a Texan heart on its sleeve as lead characters tumble repeatedly through the emotional wringer, emerging each time with fresh bruises and an unshakeabl­e resolve to mould their destiny. They dare to believe in something better than their current situation, in contrast to friends and neighbours who profess, “Ain’t no American dream for black folks. We gotta hold onto what we got”. Terrific rapport between Beharie and luminous 18-year-old co-star Alexis Chikaeze, playing her on-screen daughter, energises delicately crafted scenes of solidarity that build to a satisfying crescendo. Turquoise Jones (Beharie) was crowned Miss Juneteenth in 2004 under the watchful eye of pageant co-ordinator Mrs Washington (Phyllis Cicero). The annual beauty competitio­n, which commemorat­es the date in 1865 when slaves discovered DARE TO DREAM... MONSOON (12A) Preview TENDER drama about a dutiful son’s return to Ho Chi Minh City more than 30 years after he fled during the Vietnam War. Kit (Henry Golding, pictured) left the country of his birth at the age of six during the conflict. He intends to scout potential locations to scatter the ashes of his late mother. Before other family members arrive, Kit has time to embark on a personal odyssey from Saigon to Hanoi to reconnect with the past. During the first leg of the trip, Kit meets American singleton Lewis (Parker Sawyers), whose father fought in the war. The two men spark a passionate dalliance until Kit moves on to Hanoi. As he quietly makes his way through Vietnam, Kit rediscover­s his cultural roots and acknowledg­es where his heart belongs. MOTHER-DAUGHTER BEAUTY PAGEANT DRAMA IS AN UPLIFTING AND EMOTIONAL JOURNEY they were free following the Emancipati­on Proclamati­on issued by President Abraham Lincoln, was supposed to be Turquoise’s ticket to a brighter future. Instead, she remained in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, and now works long hours at a BBQ pit and lounge owned by Wayman (Marcus M Mauldin). Turquoise is determined to enter her 15-year-old daughter Kai (Chikaeze) into the pageant to secure a scholarshi­p to a historical­ly black institute. “I’m gonna make sure she’s something we ain’t. She’s my dream now,” the proud mother tells her estranged mechanic husband, Ronnie (Kendrick Sampson). However, a $400 competitio­n registrati­on fee, an $800 price tag on a custom-fitted pageant dress and an outstandin­g electricit­y bill are a stern test of Turquoise’s grit. She can’t rely on support from her mother Charlotte (Lori Hayes), a God-fearing alcoholic who believes that “looks is all a woman needs”. Perhaps smitten suitor and childhood friend Bacon (Akron Watson), who runs the local funeral parlour, could provide financial security. Miss Juneteenth is an engaging and uplifting portrait of modern womanhood, which champions independen­ce and fortitude in the beating heart of America’s bible belt. Beharie and Chikaeze both shine brighter than a pageant tiara even when it seems faint glimmers of hope have been extinguish­ed for good. LITTLE GIRL (12A) Preview UPLIFTING and moving documentar­y from award-winning French film-maker Sebastien Lifshitz’s. His subject is sevenyear-old Sasha, pictured, who was assigned male at birth but told her parents at the age of three that she would grow up to be a girl. At first, her parents struggled to comprehend Sasha’s gender dysphoria or the pain their child would feel being told that she couldn’t grow up a girl. Today, they support Sasha, battling on their daughter’s behalf as she attempts to be understood. Cameras follow the family over the course of one year, capturing the challenges they face. Lifshitz’s film will be simultaneo­usly available to stream on Curzon Home Cinema. Turquoise and Ronnie (Kendrick Sampson) In selected cinemas. ■ All films in selected cinemas. ■ BOX OFFICE TOP 10 23 WALKS (12A) the splendour of King George’s Field in north London and suggests they walk together. “It’s a free country,” she responds. Dave slowly dismantles Fern’s emotional defences and sows the seeds of friendship. He reveals that he lost his wife Marcy (Marsha Millar) and has two children - a gay son in Australia and a daughter who has two adorable children. She confesses a glittering past as a member of The Tiller Girls at the London Palladium and confides that her second husband Jimmy (Graham Cole) recently traded her in “for a younger model”. When Fern mentions that she is due to attend her daughter’s wedding in the Canary Islands, enthusiast­ic linguist Dave suggests he teaches her basic Spanish to impress the groom’s family. 23 Walks is an amiable travelling companion. ★★★ ★★ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Tenet After We Collided Bill & Ted Face The Music The New Mutants Andre Rieu’s Magical Maastricht: Together In Music The Broken Hearts Gallery Onward 100% Wolf Unhinged The Roads Not Taken ROMANCE strolls casually into view in this gently paced drama. Mental health nurse Dave (Dave Johns) is enjoying a walk with his five-year-old German Shepherd rescue dog Tilly when he encounters health centre receptioni­st Fern (Alison Steadman) and her spirited Yorkshire Terrier in a leafy lane. Fern instinctiv­ely grabs her pride and joy. Fern (Alison Steadman) and Dave (Dave Johns) 6. “Wouldn’t have hurt to have put him on a lead,” she snaps as they pass. Dave and Fern are creatures of habit and repeatedly cross paths. He introduces her to 7. 8. 9. 10. Geraldine Viswanatha­n in The Broken Hearts Gallery In selected cinemas. ■ CHART COURTESY OF CINEWORLD PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . 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