I’ve never seen the movie, “Till.” The people who run publicity at United Artists Releasing have never offered to show it to me. I haven’t had time to get to a theater yet, but our Leah Sydney loved it, and reviewed it. (See her review here.)
Danielle Deadwyler has received universal acclaim for playing Emmett Till’s mother. But that won’t matter if UAR can’t communicate this film to Academy members and critics. Last year they blew a whole slate of films, from “Respect” to “House of Gucci” to “Licorice Pizza.” They have no idea what they’re doing, and they keep doing it.
“Till” is playing in over 2,000 theaters. This past weekend it made only $2.8 million. The total after 3 weeks is just $3.6 million. UAR will kill “Till.” That seems to be their goal. What a mess. PS The movie is directed by Chinonye Chukwu, who directed a wonderful small film a couple of years ago called “Clemency,” starring Alfre Woodard. She should be pretty upset.