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Harriet 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

Near the end of director and co-writer Kasi Lemmons’ biopic of the greatest conductor ever to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad, a Southern landowner, outraged at the way her “property” has been spirited away by the titular heroine, promises to catch her and burn her at the stake like Joan of Arc. It’s a weak reference in a generally weak script (e.g. family drama over the just cause, a declaration of “I made it this far on my own” right after numerous people have helped out, an insert-laugh-here variation on Jaws’ “We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” etc.). The Joan reference is weak because the Maid of Orleans is generally regarded as a hero, not a villain; why not threaten to burn Harriet like a witch? Well, because Joan of Arc heard voices, and Harriet Tubman has visions: repetitive, blue-and-white, slo mo, and set to disjointed sounds, but always coming through right on time to save the day. And when you’re God’s chosen one, well, what can stand against you? Certainly not a bunch of sorry trackers whose dogs have a way of losing the scent. Tubman gets told that fear is her enemy, but the film doesn’t convey the constant, grinding terror of the Underground journey. Star Cynthia Erivo has the bearing and delivery for the part’s heroics, but stumbles over Tubman’s naked religiosity. And the gospel songs are gorgeously performed and cleverly deployed, but the rest of the soundtrack makes an absolute mess of the film’s mood: swoopy where it should be driven, wistful where it should be achingly tense.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

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AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

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AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

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AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

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Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

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ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego. 858-768-7770

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Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

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Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

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The LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego. 619-566-0069

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Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

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Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

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Regal Rancho del Rey

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Regal Rancho San Diego

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Regal San Marcos

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Comments

The trailer alone looks over the top and preachy. Did she actually, historically pick up a gun.

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