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Rated PG-13 · 123 minutes · 2016

Biography, Drama, Historical Drama
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are exceptional as Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, the interracial married couple who sued the State of Virginia to recognize their union and, in 1967, took their case all the way to the Supreme Court. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Midnight Special), this drama works better as an intimate romance between two simple souls than as social history; the Lovings are pulled into the court system only by well-scrubbed attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union (portrayed here as cynical and exploitative), and when the Supreme Court hears the couple's case, they don't even come to Washington. The gradual disconnect between the story line and the central characters makes the movie's second half a little frustrating, but their reticence is the point—the Lovings want nothing more or less than to be left alone with each other. With Nick Kroll, Christopher Mann, Sharon Blackwood, and Michael Shannon.
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Official Site: www.focusfeatures.com/loving
Director: Jeff Nichols
Producer: Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Nancy Buirski, Sarah Green, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jack Turner and Jared Goldman
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Jon Bass and Michael Shannon

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