Things Never Said (2013)



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KALINDRA STEPNEY (Shanola Hampton) is an aspiring poetess, but inside she's an artist who's lost. Haunted by dreams deferred and a dangerous marriage, this Los Angelean yearns to perform on New York's most acclaimed spoken word stage. A romantic and modern story of a woman finding her voice and finding love again, THINGS NEVER SAID is an assured first feature from writer/director Charles Murray (Sons of Anarchy, Castle, Third Watch). (c) Official Site
R (for pervasive language and some sexual content)
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Shanola Hampton
as Kalindra "Kal" Stepney
Elimu Nelson
as Ronnie
Tamala Jones
as Daphne
Omari Hardwick
as Curtis Jackson
Michael Beach
as Will Jackson
Charlayne Woodard
as Charlotte
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Critic Reviews for Things Never Said

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

The result may not be a big movie, but Things Never Said makes a big emotional impact.

October 18, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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When it comes to writing the poetry that Kalindra recites, Murray knows how to do more with less; he needs to apply that lesson to his filmmaking, too.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Washington Post
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A powerful statement about the plight of women held back by sexist tyranny.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Boston Globe
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The film's stars ... are hugely charismatic individually and have chemistry with each other. But the soapy melodrama and ferocious, on-the-nose poems threaten to overpower their budding romance.

Full Review… | September 7, 2013
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The movie's poems are unambiguous rants, delivered with theatrical ferocity. On-the-nose dialogue propels its lessons in self-respect.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Veteran TV writer Charles Murray (Third Watch) shows his small-screen roots by overrelying on tense, weighty exchanges to advance the narrative, but Hampton's steely performance makes them pay off, as the poet learns to wrest truth from pain.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Things Never Said

Excellent film. Charles Murray wrote a great script and crafted a compelling narrative. The actors were all on point. Omari Hardwick always delivers and he is superb in this movie. The surprise was Shanola Hampton. She brought it. She is a fine and powerful actress. Elimu Nelson scared the heck out me! Highly recommend this film.

Angela Dj
Angela Dj

Loved this movie! Need more movies like this and not the typical ones that flood the movie theaters with the same story lines and characters. Great job!


As a debut, I was pleasantly surprised. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I found myself smiling, laughing, frowning, and even crying, as the characters pulled me into their struggles, pain, and joy. The poetry was awesome, and the actors powerfully delivered a great story. Well done!

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Arlene W

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