High Flying Bird (2019)

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Critic Consensus: High Flying Bird takes a thoughtful and engrossing look at professional sports that sees Steven Soderbergh continuing to test the limits of new filmmaking technology.

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In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game -- and who ought to. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) from a script by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), HIGH FLYING BIRD features an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke, plus appearances from NBA athletes Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell.

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High Flying Bird is a heady movie, full of political thought about sport, entertainment, race and power. Rather than float on production value, it sustains itself on the tension of ideas, exchanged rapid-fire in gleaming office towers.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The film's dense but fast-moving script, is also replete with references to the game's history - not least to the currents of protest and politics that have coursed through pro basketball since it was segregated.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Soderbergh has made a film about disruption that also aims to disrupt.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a slick story with a slick look to match. He shoots, he scores.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The power, the movie says, belongs to the players - and to paradigm-skewing artists looking to stir shit up.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Soderbergh's unorthodox film release and cheap, idiosyncratic shooting style are ideal fits for the director's fascinating, speculative story about the future of the NBA.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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