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Life of a King (2014)

Life of a King

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

January 17, 2014 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

101 min.

Studio

Millennium Entertainment

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Jake Goldberger

Producer

Tatiana Kelly, Jim Young

Screenwriter

Jake Goldberger, David Scott, Dan Wetzel

Starring

Story


After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown made an unexpected move. He established a Chess Club for inner-city high school students in Washington D.C. where, amidst dwindling educational resources, over-policing and a looming drug economy, it can be near impossible for youth to find their way to a whole and happy adulthood. Brown resolved to teach young people the fundamentals of chess but it was never just a game for them. For Brown and his students, chess became a matter of survival.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a bland, safe and simplistic re-telling of a fascinating educator and his work helping inner-city students, mired by formulaic plotting, slight character development and poor directorial choices..”
by Jordan Adler [We Got This Covered]
“..Life of a King isn't setting out to reinvent cinema, or even a genre, but rather just to be a moderately uplifting tale that makes watching chess interesting..”
by Sherilyn Connelly [Village Voice]