“The Lady King” continues its reign. Deadline reviews that Gina Prince-Bythewood’s historic epic tops the African American Movie Critics Affiliation’s (AAFCA) annual record of the highest 10 movies of the yr. Led by Viola Davis, the blockbuster tells the story of an all-female military of warriors.
Two different movies directed by ladies made the lower. Becoming a member of “The Lady King” are Chinonye Chukwu’s “Until,” a biopic of educator and activist Mamie Until-Bradley, whose son, Emmett Until, was lynched, and Lila Neugebauer’s “Causeway,” a portrait of a friendship between a struggle vet and a mechanic, each of whom are coping with trauma.
“The perfect movies of this yr show that various tales – the true and the fantastical – should not solely necessary to the tradition however are equally necessary to the movie-making enterprise,” stated AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. “Black movies which make an impression on our minds and hearts are additionally making a large impression on the field workplace. Our high movie, ‘The Lady King’ bridges the hole between telling necessary, heartfelt tales, and offering an entertaining expertise for movie-going audiences. These true tales of black empowerment and accomplishment, akin to ‘Emancipation,’ ‘Devotion,’ and ‘Sidney,’ in addition to fantastical tales akin to ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally,’ and ‘Wendell & Wild’ invite us to expertise underappreciated items of historical past together with our personal imaginings.”
Try the whole record on Deadline. AAFCA will host a celebration in LA March 1.