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Rated R · 100 minutes · 2016

Biography, Historical drama, Music
Actor-turned-filmmaker Don Cheadle, in the title role, captures jazz trumpet legend Miles Davis’ lightning in a bottle with this splendidly impressionistic “anti-biography.” It’s a glimpse into Davis’ self-imposed career exile in the late 1970s, replete with frantic cocaine binges, Miles’ “secret tape” for his next album, a dogged Rolling Stone reporter (played by Ewan McGregor), platform shoes, and a sprinkling of Davis’ girlfriends, past and present. Chief among the latter is Miles’ ex-wife Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi), an image he can never get out of his head. The screenplay – by Cheadle and Steven Baigelman, who wrote the story together with Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson – encapsulates many of the artist’s foibles but leaves plenty of loose ends for the actors to embroider on. Michael Stuhlbarg, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, and Christina Kharis costar as a felonious producer, Miles’ doppelganger, and another of the artist’s lady friends, respectively. An indispensable meditation on the pain of pure creativity, punctuated by fistfights and gunshots (100 min.).
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/milesahead
Director: Don Cheadle
Producer: Darryl Porter, Vince Wilburn Jr., Daniel Wagner, Robert Barnum, Don Cheadle, Pamela Hirsch, Lenore Zerman, Mark Amin, Steven Baigelman, Cheryl Davis, Erin Davis and Robert Lewis
Cast: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg, Austin Lyon, Morgan Wolk and Christina Karis

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