Clemency

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Clemency mines serious social issues for gripping drama, brought to life by an outstanding cast led by Alfre Woodard.

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Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

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  • [I]t's Woodard's movie, and her character's silent anguish rests just below the surface of her stone-faced veneer. It's a powerful performance in a powerful movie.

    February 10, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The real question isn't whether this person or that person will be executed, but whether Bernardine will go to pieces, and yet with a performance like Woodard's at the center, that's all a movie needs.

    January 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's the kind of film that stays with the audience long after the credits roll. Unlike a pretty little gold statuette, that's not something that can fit neatly on (director) Chukwu's mantle but she should cherish it nonetheless.

    January 22, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • I hate the amateur quarterbacking I'm about to engage in, but that [Woodard's] performance did not merit an Academy Award nomination is damning.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • While admittedly spartan in its stylistic approach, Clemency is wrenching in its performances and direction.

    January 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "Clemency" isn't exactly a good time at the movies, but it's definitely an enlightening one.

    January 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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