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Director:  Jeff Nichols
Year Released:  2016
Rating:  2.0

Caucasian bricklayer Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) marries African-American Mildred (Ruth Negga) even though it's illegal in their home state of Virginia, so they're forced to leave along with their children ... until the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) hears about it and appoints young attorney Bernie Cohen (Nick Kroll) to take their case to the Supreme Court (which would eventually become the famous Loving v. Virginia decision). One of those Liberal Baiting movies that will be ignored by the audience that should see it (bigots will not line up to watch it), it takes roughly 17 minutes in until the Lovings are arrested and 25 until a racial slur is used (by a police officer, naturally); when it finally introduces Cohen's character, it turns its attention to legal matters and runs out of dramatic tension (that the Lovings would get justice is already a given). Further complicating things: both Richard and Mildred are very simple people - he just wants to work, she just wants to raise their kids - and all Edgerton's left with is grimacing to reflect his internal struggle.

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