Plot: Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) have been happy for a long time, but probably not anymore. On the way to a dinner party, they start to fight yet again – and break up. Just at this moment, a guy (Paul Sparks) stops their car, telling them he’s a police officer chasing after a criminal. He gets in and they drive after the other guy. But when they catch up with him, the supposed police officer doesn’t arrest the supposed criminal, but just murders him using their car, then taking off. Leilani and Jibran fear that they are going to be blamed for the murder. In their panic, they decide to track down the guy who got them into this mess themselves and bring him to the police. That is easier said than done, though.
The Lovebirds is made by its two leads, who play their characters perfectly and have a great connection with each other. That makes the film fun to watch even when it isn’t quite as hilarious as you’d like.
Plot: Michael (LaKeith Stanfield) is a journalist who has been working on a story for a while. When he interviews Isaac (Rob Morgan), a photograph catches his eye in Isaac’s home. Taken by a young photographer, Christine Eames (Chanté Adams) who was obviously very important to Isaac in the past (Y’lan Noel), Michael becomes interested in Christine’s life. But Christine passed away, so instead, Michael finds her daughter Mae (Issa Rae) who works as a curator in a museum. As they both rediscover her mother’s work and her past, the two are drawn to each other more and more.
I expected The Photograph to be a sappy love story and it is certainly that but it didn’t touch me quite as much as it should have.
Plot: A little girl tries to get her hair ready for school with the help of a video tutorial. But this isn’t as easy as it looks. When her father sees her attempts, he tries to help – but it’s not like he has much more capabilities in that regard either.
Hair Love is a supercute, touching short film that shows black fatherhood in a very different way from what we usually get to see in media: as a caring, gender-boundary breaking love. It has a nice sense of humor, too, and manages to get very emotional in such a short runtime. The only thing that I would have loved is if they hadn’t gotten rid of the mom so permanently to tell this story. But that’s really just nitpicking and I’d give the film all the stars, if I gave stars at all.