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Queen & Slim

A love to live for

Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) and Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) are finishing up a somewhat awkward first date when their worlds are abruptly shattered by a traffic stop that escalates into a fatal encounter. As they undertake a seemingly hopeless quest to escape the inevitable, the film becomes a road movie and romance between two people trying to get to know one another in the wake of crisis.

Poster for the fight-and-flight drama Queen & SlimDirector Melina Matsoukas (HBO’s “Insecure," Beyonce’s “Formation” video) and writer Lena Waithe ("The Chi," “Master of None"), both working on their first feature, have managed to create a film that feels bracingly original in its tone. They find humour and tenderness in developing the love story, while filtering the political weight of the scenario through real-world headlines, tragedy and pain.

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.

– Brian Lowry, CNN

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