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Chapter & Verse

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Jamal Joseph

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About the Movie

Upon his return from serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram (Daniel Beaty) struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Lance lives under the tough supervision of a Parole Officer in a Half Way House. Unable to find a job with the computer tech training he received in Prison, Lance is forced to take a deliveryman job in a food pantry. It is then that he meets and is befriended by Ms. Maddy (Loretta Divine), a 60-year-old strong and spirited grandmother. Lance assumes responsibility for Ty’s (Khadim Diop) well-being, Ms. Maddy’s 15-year-old grandson – a promising student and artist who has become involved in a dangerous Harlem Street Gang. Lance tries to make peace with G-Rod (Justin Martin), the charismatic Gang Leader and makes a deal to let Ty walk away. But when Gang Members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the "law of the streets", Lance decides to sacrifice his "second chance" at freedom so that Ty can have a "first chance" at a better life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie's wide-screen framing, ruthless plot reversals and say-what-you-mean writing sometimes recall a master of socially conscious cinema from another era, Sam Fuller. But this is a picture with its own strong voice. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Feb 2, 2017

Fresh: Despite its familiarity, "Chapter & Verse" manages to make its material both fresh and authentic. – Nick Schager, Variety, Feb 10, 2017

Fresh: [A] tough/tender portrait of an ex-con attempting to find redemption in modern-day transitional Harlem. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Feb 9, 2017

Rotten: The story, scripted by Beaty and poet/author-turned-filmmaker Jamal Joseph (who himself did five-and-a-half years in Leavenworth) dips into sloppy, melodramatic heavy-handedness, sullying the occasional spurts of fresh perspective. – Craig D. Lindsey, Village Voice, Feb 3, 2017

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Chapter & Verse
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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