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Gospel Hill

Veteran character actor Giancarlo Esposito makes his directing debut with this forgettable 2007 drama, about a South Carolina town struggling with its legacy of racial segregation. Forty years after the assassination of a local civil rights leader (Samuel L. Jackson), the town prepares for a memorial celebration, though the man's grown son (Danny Glover) is less than enthusiastic about revisiting the past; meanwhile, his wife (Angela Bassett) wants to derail construction of a golf course that will displace black residents from their ancestral homes. The cast also includes Julia Stiles, Adam Baldwin, Tom Bower, Nia Long, and Esposito, but the script (a collaboration between set dresser Jeff Stacy and property master Jeffrey Pratt Gordon, with a rewrite by Terrell Tannen) juggles too many plotlines, none of them particularly fresh or convincing. 98 min.

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