Queen & Slim
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.
AFF has partnered with the Fieldcote Museum and Griffen House to present this film as one of two screenings in a Black History Month event. Awards
Queen & Slim is one of those increasingly rare movies that should leave audiences discussing it after they exit the theater. Yet if the film derives power from its broader context, there's strength in the journey as well as the destination.
Rolling Stone/Peter Travers
Game-changing work from screenwriter Lena Waithe, director Melina Matsoukas and actors Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith turn this tale of an outlaw couple on the run in Trump's racially charged America into incendiary protest art
Arizona Republic/Barbara VanDenburg
Fueled by pain and anger, fortified by strength and resolve, "Queen & Slim" is a righteous movie - one that's angry about America's refusal to confront the sins of racism and mournful about the enduring legacy of slavery.
Seattle Times/Moira Macdonald
"Queen & Slim" has a remarkable power. You watch it recognizing the world you know, and wishing you didn't.
Associated Press/Mark Kennedy
"Queen & Slim" is a powerful look at places and issues not often explored in movies, and it's unusual for being a big studio film starring two people of color created by people of color.
New York Post/Johnny Oleksinski
Matsoukas... finds two first-rate performances in Kaluuya and Turner-Smith. Theirs is one of the more carefully paced romances in recent memory, and the subtle way their tension switches from fear to desire is masterful.