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C.L. Franklin (Forest Whitaker) regularly awakened his daughter Aretha (Skye Dakota Turner) to wow the partygoers gathered in the spacious living room below with the young girl’s remarkable vocal reach. What’s rape got to do with it? Everything. It was during one of these late night at-homes that an unidentified man closed Aretha’s bedroom door behind him and impregnated the 12-year-old child. By the time she reached 14, Re, her family nickname, had given birth to two children fathered by Edward Jordan. It was a period in her life the singer remained tight-lipped about, and one first-time screenwriter Tracey Scott Wilson dangled like a carrot before dropping like a hot potato. After all, there's a greatest hits album to sell. Who wants a downer? The last half of the film, covering her post-ascent years, quickly descended into a greatest hits performance reel alternating with made-for-TV dramatics. It was during a drunken performance in Columbus that I began to wonder whether it was a case of a sympathetic actress (jennifer Hudson) not wanting to strip bare her idol, or the estate of the late superstar looking to control her image from beyond the grave. It was during this brief, boozy downfall that, with the aid of her mother's ghost, "Re" was motivated to record her first gospel album, Amazing Grace. Not that I’m begging for a sequel, but considering the gloss factor and the lack of respect paid to the truth, it might have been wise for episodic television director Liesl Tommy, here making her feature debut, to open in 1972. (2021) — Scott Marks

Rated PG-13 | 2 hours, 25 minutes
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AMC Fashion Valley
7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions
Friday, September 24
4:40pm
Saturday, September 25
1:20pm, 4:40pm
Sunday, September 26
1:20pm, 4:40pm
Monday, September 27
4:35pm, 7:45pm
Tuesday, September 28
4:35pm, 7:45pm
Wednesday, September 29
4:35pm, 7:45pm
Regal Rancho San Diego
2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions
Friday, September 24
6:10pm, 9:05pm
Saturday, September 25
12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:25pm, 9:05pm
Sunday, September 26
3:00pm, 6:25pm, 9:05pm
Monday, September 27
6:25pm, 9:05pm
Tuesday, September 28
9:05pm
Wednesday, September 29
6:25pm, 9:05pm
Regal San Marcos
1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions
Friday, September 24
3:55pm, 6:50pm, 9:55pm
Saturday, September 25
12:35pm, 3:55pm, 6:50pm, 9:55pm
Sunday, September 26
9:55pm
Monday, September 27
1:10pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 28
1:10pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 29
1:10pm, 4:00pm
Thursday, September 30
1:05pm, 3:45pm
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