Over the years, Black filmmakers and actors have given the world some of the most inspiring and captivating cinematic experiences, and that tradition has continued the past year with some truly amazing films that span just about every genre imaginable. And this February, AMC Theatres is giving moviegoers the opportunity to revisit some of the most recent biographical dramas, military epics, and dramatic action movies created by or starring outstanding Black filmmakers and actors like Ryan Coogler, Jonathan Majors, and Viola Davis.
Through groups like our African American Experience Council, AMC seeks to embrace diversity and identify opportunities to educate and empower. To honor the accomplishments of the movies and the people who brought their stories to life, AMC Theatres is offering these four titles back on the big screen or on AMC Theatres On Demand. Let’s take a look at the movies now and find out when they’ll be showing at your local theatre throughout Black History Month.
Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X are three figures of the American Civil Rights movement whose lives and consequential decisions forever changed the course of history, but two other names that should be on that list are Emmitt and Mamie Till. Chinonye Chukwu’s biographical drama, TILL tells both the story of the young Chicago boy (Jalyn Hall) who was kidnapped and brutally murdered in rural Mississippi in the 1950s, and his mother (Danielle Deadwyler), who made the decision to hold an open casket funeral so the world could see what happened to her son.
The movie, which was one of the big fall movies at AMC Theatres late last year, will be back on the big screen for a special one-week engagement running from February 3rd to February 9th with the special $5 Fan Fave pricing. If you missed TILL the first time around, or simply want to watch its captivating story once again, this will be your chance to do so.
Watch Now TILL February 3rd - February 9th or available now at AMC Theatres On Demand
With highly anticipated movies like ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA and CREED III coming out in the next few weeks, 2023 is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest year of Jonathan Majors’ career. But before Majors rules the box office as Kang the Conqueror and Damian Anderson, moviegoers will have the chance to see another incredibly moving title featuring the up-and-coming star with J.D. Dillard’s biographical war drama, DEVOTION, which is coming back to the big screen for Black History Month.
The movie centers on Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) and Tom Hudner (Glen Powell), two Navy pilots whose close knit bond went beyond comrades, and instead made them something closer to family. This military epic is emotional and exhilarating thanks to its impactful story and all-star cast anchored by two of the promising young faces in Hollywood. The military drama is coming back to the silver screen for one week only with special $5 Fan Fave pricing from February 10th to February 16th, so don’t miss out.DEVOTION February 10th - February 16th
The Woman King
Gina Prince-Bythewood is no stranger to crafting movies with strong Black women at the center, with films like LOVE & BASKETBALL, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, and THE OLD GUARD showing the filmmaker’s capabilities behind the camera. In September 2022, Prince-Bythewood, who got her start writing on ‘90s sitcom “A Different World,” released what could be viewed as her biggest and boldest release yet: the historical military drama THE WOMAN KING, which told the story of the all-female Agojie group of warriors who swore to protect the West African kingdom of Dahomey several centuries ago.
Starring Viola Davis, Lashana Lynch, Thuso Mbedu, John Boyega, and other notable stars, the movie brought to light an unforgettable story in African history, while also creating some dynamic action sequences and incredibly moving scenes. The movie was a success, both financially and critically, but there still might be some who have yet to watch its story unfold. If you missed out the first time, you’ll get a chance to watch THE WOMAN KING on the big screen when it returns for one week only from February 17th to February 23rd at your local AMC Theatre.THE WOMAN KING February 17th - February 23rd
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
In November 2022, Ryan Coogler released what could be considered the most emotional installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date with BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, a film that managed to pull off more than anyone could have ever guessed. Following the death of Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, it was hard to imagine how the franchise would move forward. Coogler was able to find a way to celebrate the life of the late actor, his most beloved character, and the enduring spirit of humanity in the face of grief to create an experience like none other.
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, like its 2018 predecessor, was one of those superhero movies that transcended the genre, and instead became something of a cultural touchstone that showed how comic book adaptations can also have something powerful and meaningful that will surely withstand the test of time. On March 12th, during the 95th Academy Awards®, Angela Bassett will be recognized with her nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for her incredible performance as Queen Ramonda. And between February 24th through March 2nd, you can relive the pain and glory of this masterful spectacle once again.BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER February 24th - March 2nd
Each of these films from outstanding Black directors and actors are a great way to celebrate Black History Month. But remember, they’ll only be around for a short time, so make sure to mark your calendars. Tickets are available to purchase now.