I was kind of totally buying the trailer for 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3' up until the the "FIVE Five five...FOUR Four four......ect" part then I though...oh dear...Tony Scott strikes again.
And now a film you may not have heard of, may never see, and may not care about, but I think anything Alfre Woodard does is more than note worthy. From the site:
"Based on real events and set in small town Texas in the year 2000, American Violet tells the story of Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie), a 24 year old African-American mother of four who is swept up in a drug raid and falsely accused based on the uncorroborated testimony of a single informant. Despite the urgings of her mother Alma (Alfre Woodard), Dee rejects a plea bargain that would release her from jail but forever brand her as a felon. With the custody of her children at stake, she instead decides to take on the powerful district attorney behind it all, Calvin Beckett (Michael O’Keefe). Roberts finds herself in an unlikely alliance with ACLU attorney David Cohen (Tim Blake Nelson) and former local narcotics officer Sam Conroy (Will Patton). With inspiring courage and dignity, Dee overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles, forever changing her and the Texas justice system."Sure the bad guys seem far too bad in this, but the film has done solid business on the festival circuit. This is the film debut of Nicole Beharie and even Variety was impressed
"Dee is an engaging, admirable lead character, and the striking, petite Beharie is a real winner, bringing energy and fortitude to a woman who easily could have joined the ranks of society's victims and losers. Bright things lie ahead for this charismatic thesp."