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Concrete Cowboy


Idris Elba and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin star in this coming of age drama about a 15-year-old boy named Cole who goes to live with his estranged father, Harp, in North Philadelphia. Harp is a member of a group of cowboys in the city who preserve the legacy of Black, urban horsemanship and try to help at-risk youth stay out of trouble by giving them something positive to do. Cole finds himself torn between his father’s way of life and the call of the streets, which leads to conflict between the two. It’s a classically uplifting story in a unique setting, with a great cast that also includes Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, and Method Man.

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From Peter Debruge at Variety:

This is one of those rare, reframe-the-conversation films, like “Paris Is Burning,” “12 O’Clock Boys” and “Rize,” that take a very specific subculture and turn it into something universal and uplifting — only this one isn’t a documentary, despite the many real-world details that bring director Ricky Staub’s exceptional father-son drama to life. Full Review

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