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Chapter & Verse (2017)

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After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram (DANIEL BEATY) re-enters society and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house, he is unable to find a job that will let him use the technological skills he gained in prison. Lance is forced to take a job delivering for a food pantry where he befriends Ms. Maddy (LORETTA DEVINE), a strong and spirited grandmother, and assumes responsibility for her 15-year- old grandson Ty, a promising student who is pulled into a dangerous street gang. When gang members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the "law of the streets," Lance risks sacrificing his "second chance" at freedom so that Ty can have a "first chance" at a better life.

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Despite its familiarity, "Chapter & Verse" manages to make its material both fresh and authentic.

February 10, 2017 | Full Review…
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[A] tough/tender portrait of an ex-con attempting to find redemption in modern-day transitional Harlem.

February 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Resonating with an authenticity borne of the experiences of its director/co-screenwriter Jamal Joseph, Chapter & Verse movingly portrays the plight of a recently released ex-con striving to make a new life for himself on the mean streets of Harlem.

February 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The story, scripted by Beaty and poet/author-turned-filmmaker Jamal Joseph (who himself did five-and-a-half years in Leavenworth) dips into sloppy, melodramatic heavy-handedness, sullying the occasional spurts of fresh perspective.

February 3, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie's wide-screen framing, ruthless plot reversals and say-what-you-mean writing sometimes recall a master of socially conscious cinema from another era, Sam Fuller. But this is a picture with its own strong voice.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Tender, heartfelt, well-acted and quietly powerful despite being slightly overstuffed with dramatic conflicts.

February 9, 2017 | Rating: 7.88/10 | Full Review…

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