The Woman King is designed to get audiences cheering—however it does so without ignoring the brutal realities of fight.

The excitement of a historical war film is frequently at odds with the subject. War itself is miserable, complex, and sometimes lacking in heroic purpose.

Prince-Bythewood has always made films that mix the bitter and the sweet, irrespective of the style.

Her stunning 2000 debut, Love & Basketball, pours romantic drama into the familiar structure of a sports movie.

The leaders of Dahomey, like those of many African nations of the period, would sell prisoners of war taken from other tribes into bondage.

Davis’s overall performance is resolute and steely, harking back to her outstanding lead paintings in Widows—she performs a man or woman whose poise belies plenty of hidden pain.

Philosophical quandaries pervade all of Nanisca’s literal and metaphorical battles, towards each the neighboring nation and Portuguese slavers.

The Woman King is a barn burner if you’re just looking for an invigorating night at the movies.