Movies: The Current War: Director’s Cut, Harriet, By the Grace of God

Movie 1: The Current War

What should have been a great blockbuster about the early development of the electricity industry and it titans: George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison and Nikolai Tesla, unfortunately spiraled helplessly under its own weight. It could have been a great film if it hadn’t gotten bogged down with too much detail and confusing plot twists.  The “Director’s Cut” did nothing to improve the theater experience.

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The Current War (July 26, 2019)

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston
Genres: Drama, History
Runtime: 105 min
Original Title: The Current War
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Bazelevs Production, Film Rites, Fourth Floor Productions, 101 Studios
Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people

Cast The Current War

  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Role: Thomas Edison
  • Michael Shannon
  • Role: George Westinghouse
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Role: Nikola Tesla
  • Katherine Waterston
  • Role: Marguerite Westinghouse
  • Tom Holland
  • Role: Samuel Insull
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Role: J.P. Morgan
  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Role: Mary Edison
  • Stanley Townsend
  • Role: Franklin Pope
  • Damien Molony
  • Role: Bourke Cockran
  • Conor MacNeill
  • Role: William Kemmler
  • Celyn Jones
  • Role: Sherman Quincy
  • Craig Roberts
  • Role: Robert Lane
  • Harry Melling
  • Role: Benjamin Vale
  • Colin Stinton
  • Role: Daniel Burnham
  • Oliver Powell
  • Role: Leo
  • John Schwab
  • Role: Rudolph Young
  • Abigail Johns
  • Role: Emily Faulk
  • Tom Bell
  • Role: Reverend Vincent
  • Tom Sweet
  • Role: Boy
  • Iain McKee
  • Role: Reporter
  • Jason Matthewson
  • Role: Stock Broker
  • Woody Norman
  • Role: Dash Edison
  • Louis Ashbourne Serkis
  • Role: Older Dash
  • Faye Ormston
  • Role: Party Guest
  • Phil Hodges
  • Role: City Gent
  • Ekow Quartey
  • Role: Journalist 1
  • Adam Lazarus
  • Role: Wabco Worker
  • Simon Connolly
  • Role: Sioux City
  • Joseph Balderrama
  • Role: Horace Kaden
  • Steven I. Dillard
  • Role: NYSE member
  • Benjamin Schnau
  • Role: George Westinghouse's secretary
  • Martyn Mayger
  • Role: Lawyer
  • Toby Williams
  • Role: Fort Worth Investment Banker
  • Tim Steed
  • Role: Maurice Manesburg
  • Christopher McMullen
  • Role: New York Stockbroker
  • Jeremy Oliver
  • Role: Mr. Westinghouse's Secretary
  • Liza Ross
  • Role: Beti
  • Steve Carroll
  • Role: Cinema Goer
  • James Chalmers
  • Role: South Dakota Delegate
  • Nancy Crane
  • Role: Gladys
  • Will Irvine
  • Role: Reporter 1
  • Adam Pearce
  • Role: New Orleans Investment Banker
  • Sophia Ally
  • Role: Dotty Edison
  • Kevin Millington
  • Role: Henry Walsh
  • Ben Mars
  • Role: Francis Upton
  • Greg Haiste
  • Role: South Dakota Delegate
  • Katy Poulter
  • Role: Hannah
  • Jed Aukin
  • Role: Westinghouse Secretary
  • Robert-Anthony Artlett
  • Role: Lawyer
  • John Kinory
  • Role: Scientist
  • Michael Yates
  • Role: Stock Enchange Gent
  • Andy Cockell
  • Role: City Gent
  • Giacomo Joshua Brunelli
  • Role: WABCO Worker
  • Nigel Wilcock
  • Role: J.P. Morgan Lawyer
  • Jay William Whittington Barrette
  • Role: Wabco Worker
  • Thor Janke
  • Role: Policeman
  • James Chipman
  • Role: Reporter (uncredited)
  • Gary Kiely
  • Role: WABCO worker (uncredited)
  • Andrew Okello
  • Role: Footman
  • David Morley Hale
  • Role: Frederick Worthington
  • Pamela Betsy Cooper
  • Role: Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Simon Manyonda
  • Role: Lewis Latimer
  • John Pierce Jones
  • Role: President Glover Cleveland

Crew The Current War

  • Bob Weinstein
  • Executive Producer
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Producer
  • Ellen Lewis
  • Casting
  • Steven Zaillian
  • Executive Producer
  • Michael Wilkinson
  • Costume Design
  • Mark Scruton
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Jeong Jeong-hun
  • Director of Photography
  • Stephen Bream
  • Art Direction
  • Jan Roelfs
  • Production Design
  • Timur Bekmambetov
  • Producer
  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Producer
  • Alex Oakley
  • First Assistant Director
  • Chris Munro
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Garrett Basch
  • Executive Producer
  • David Trachtenberg
  • Editor
  • Saunder Jurriaans
  • Original Music Composer
  • Danny Bensi
  • Original Music Composer
  • Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Director
  • Paul Herbert
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Theo Park
  • Casting
  • Michael Mitnick
  • Screenplay
  • Michael Mitnick
  • Executive Producer
  • Justin Ball
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • David Doran
  • Art Direction
  • Jean-Paul Chreky
  • Script Supervisor
  • Paul Edwards
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Brendan Houghton
  • Storyboard Designer
  • Remo Tozzi
  • Art Direction
  • Katherine Pearl
  • Art Department Coordinator
  • Philip Lobban
  • Location Scout
  • Andy Cole
  • Gaffer
  • Mark McIntyre
  • Assistant Property Master
  • Adam Ackland
  • Executive Producer
  • Matthew Patnick
  • Line Producer
  • Lucy Eyre
  • Set Decoration
  • Clare Finnegan
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Martin Walker
  • Unit Manager
  • Fletcher Jarvis
  • Prop Maker
  • Constantine Katsaras
  • Draughtsman
  • Ryan Paul McCarthy
  • Art Department Assistant
  • Sam Towers
  • Carpenter
  • Lucy Williams
  • Art Department Assistant
  • Jeff Woodbridge
  • Carpenter
  • Marta Padilla
  • 3D Modeller
  • Kye Mckee
  • Stunts
  • Dave Clements
  • Electrician
  • Zared Shai
  • Assistant Editor
  • Adriene Whitwell
  • Location Scout
  • Matthew Winter
  • Location Scout
  • Sam Dormer
  • Armorer
  • Vicki Smith
  • Assistant Production Coordinator
  • Jacob Wood
  • Stand In

Movie 2: Harriet

DO NOT miss the opportunity to see this film.  It’s a chronicle of slave Harriet Tubman’s life story, one of the most acclaimed icons of the Freedom Fighters during the Civil War era and its Underground Railroad. 

In honor of her legacy, her image has been selected to appear on the next generation of $20 bills. 

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Harriet (November 1, 2019)

Release Date: November 1, 2019
Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monáe
Genres: History, Drama
Runtime: 125 min
Original Title: Harriet
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Focus Features
The story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.

Cast Harriet

  • Cynthia Erivo
  • Role: Harriet Tubman
  • Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Role: William Still
  • Joe Alwyn
  • Role: Gideon Brodess
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Role: Marie Buchanon
  • Jennifer Nettles
  • Role: Eliza Brodess
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway
  • Role: Rit Ross
  • Clarke Peters
  • Role: Ben Ross
  • Henry Hunter Hall
  • Role: Walter
  • Zackary Momoh
  • Role: John Tubman
  • Tim Guinee
  • Role: 
  • Deborah Ayorinde
  • Role: 
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall
  • Role: 
  • Tory Kittles
  • Role: 
  • Omar J. Dorsey
  • Role: 
  • Mike Marunde
  • Role: Edward Broduss
  • Claire Bronson
  • Role: Rachel Garrett

Crew Harriet

  • Gregory Allen Howard
  • Screenplay
  • Debra Martin Chase
  • Producer
  • Gregory Allen Howard
  • Producer
  • Charles D. King
  • Producer
  • Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Producer
  • Kim Roth
  • Producer
  • Elizabeth Koch
  • Executive Producer
  • Kristina Kendall
  • Executive Producer
  • Nnamdi Asomugha
  • Executive Producer
  • Bill Benenson
  • Executive Producer
  • Poppy Hanks
  • Executive Producer
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Director
  • John Toll
  • Director of Photography
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Screenplay
  • Gregory Allen Howard
  • Screenstory
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Original Music Composer
  • Wyatt Smith
  • Editor
  • Kim Coleman
  • Casting Director
  • Warren Alan Young
  • Production Design
  • Kevin Hardison
  • Art Direction
  • Christina Eunji Kim
  • Art Direction
  • Marthe Pineau
  • Set Decoration
  • Paul Tazewell
  • Costume Design

Movie 3: By the Grace of God

This film tells the “mostly true story” about child molestation that took place in the Archdiocese of Lyon, France.  It was often difficult to watch the life long trauma so many young people were burdened with for so long.   

Fortunately the focus of the film is more about the resilience of its victims and less about the ultimate conviction in 2019 of Cardinal Barbarin of Lyon.  French with English subtitles.

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By the Grace of God (October 25, 2019)

Release Date: October 25, 2019
Starring: Arthur Albrecht, Catherine Guy
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 37 min
Original Title: By the Grace of God
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: National Film and Television School (NFTS)
'By The Grace Of God' follows the tragic odyssey of Juergen, whose attempt to make contact with his imagined mother, the Queen of England, leads him to a sense of personal crisis, of aporia.

Cast By the Grace of God

  • Arthur Albrecht
  • Role: Juergen
  • Catherine Guy
  • Role: Journalist

Crew By the Grace of God

  • Ralitza Petrova
  • Director
  • Ralitza Petrova
  • Writer

 

2 thoughts on “Movies: The Current War: Director’s Cut, Harriet, By the Grace of God”

  1. I wanted to see Harriet before your review. Now have to see it. I was feeling uneasy about seeing a movie about child abuse but your review has piqued my interest.

    Thanks

  2. Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman was the heart of the film. Her performance was really amazing. She’ll be up for a Best Actress Oscar, for sure.

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