Imperial Dreams
Imperial Dreams (2014)

A young father returns home from jail eager to care for his son and become a writer, but crime, poverty and a flawed system threaten his plans.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2017
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Inkoo Kang

Like the similarly quiet and thrumming Moonlight, Imperial is most affecting as an internal portrait of a young black man's struggle to embrace softness when the world tells him he has to be hard to survive.

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Geoff Berkshire

Bighearted yet surprisingly nuanced ...

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Dark yet inspiring tale has cursing, violence, drugs.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Malik Vitthal's first feature gives rich dramatic life to a piercingly analytical view of the American way of incarceration.

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Bernard Boo
Way Too Indie

More than any other gang movie in recent memory, Imperial Dreams sidesteps cliches and carves out a place of its own next to the best films in the genre.

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Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

Imperial Dreams makes a modest, sincere case for the seeming futility of a post-jail existence.

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Sam Fragoso

Like the cyclical cycle of violence and poverty, "Imperial Dreams" mercilessly envelops you in its narrative and refuses to let you go until you've been moved.

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Noah Welsh
Film Inquiry

Imperial Dreams does not have the buzzing beats or flashing lights of most L.A. stories. Because of this, its characters feel real and its payoffs are gripping.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

You can call nearly all the upcoming beats with startling accuracy, as well as the fates of many of the characters.

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