SELAH AND THE SPADES
Writer/director Tayarisha Poe makes an impressive feature film debut with this realistic portrayal of teen angst. While short on plot,
some dynamic performances more than compensate. Lovie Simone is energetic and aggressive as the title character. Celeste O'Connor and Jharrel Jerome believably carry the supporting roles. Some of the lesser players display uneven acting skills, but the leads make up for these minor problems. This dialogue-driven drama with little humor manages to keep the audience engaged with student power struggles and intrigue. The stylized cinematography of Jomo Fray and composer ASKA's electric score add depth to the story. Without really breaking any new ground, this unique point of view is refreshing. The edgy "Selah and The Spades" is a class act. (3.5/5 CAMS)
Rated R (for teen drug content, and language)
Running Time: 97 minutes
Streaming April 17, 2020 on Amazon Prime Video.