Night Catches Us
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In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, "The Hurt Locker") returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington, "Ray," "Lift") and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tanya Hamilton directed her own script, and though her ending leaves loose ends dangling, the movie is refreshing for its seriousness and originality."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Its rhythm forces audiences to pay attention to what its superb actors express non-verbally, and to measure the weight of the characters' past lives."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Despite some on-the-nose dialogue and a needless revelatory flourish toward the end, Hamilton gets at the strangeness of lived American history, in which violent ruptures leave behind poorly understood scars."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Tanya Hamilton's Night Catches Us, a snapshot of the post-Black Power movement era, suffers most from its structural deficiencies."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"This is just another reminder there is a whole pool of acting talent in America, almost a whole film industry, that white audiences are largely unaware of."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Except for a stellar soundtrack by the Roots, there isn't much here to make anyone overly excited."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"The film leads to no showy conclusion, no spectacular climax. It is about movement possible within the soul even in difficult times."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...Night Catches Us has a lived-in, almost languid feel, with artistic cinematography by David Tumblety capturing moments that are as perfectly framed as still photographs."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Writer-director Tanya Hamilton has crafted an intriguing narrative even if she struggles to realize it onscreen."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"The real story here is the arrival of (director Tanya) Hamilton."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"As a director, Hamilton makes Liv Ullmann look like an action movie director - and just for the record, Ullmann makes Ingmar Bergman look like Jerry Bruckheimer."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Night Catches Us, a politically sophisticated and ethically serious film, makes no big speeches or obvious points."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"February 1, 2011 Writer-director Tanya Hamilton and two of today's most gifted actors have produced a sensitive drama with a powerful conclusion."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"Attempts to pry the lid off a painful chapter of American history that textbook writers and elected officials would rather erase or whitewash."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Washington and Mackie both deliver deeply-felt performances in roles that are all about nuance, particularly when the text sometimes fails them."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
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