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The Burial

Directed by Maggie Betts
Produced by Jamie Foxx, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Jenette Kahn, Adam Richman, Robert Shriver, and Datari Turner
Screenplay by Doug Wright and Maggie Betts Story by Doug Wright Based on the New Yorker article by Jonathan Harr
With: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, Jurnee Smollett, Alan Ruck, Mamoudou Athie, Pamela Reed, Bill Camp, Amanda Mason Warren, Dorian Missick, Tywayne Wheatt, Lance E. Nichols, Keith Jefferson, B.J. Clinkscales, Doug Spearman, Gralen Bryant Banks, and Willie E. Gary
Cinematography: Maryse Alberti
Editing: Lee Percy and Jay Cassidy
Music: Michael Abels
Runtime: 126 min
Release Date: 13 October 2023
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Color: Color

Maggie Betts attempts a throwback to the '90s, when courtroom dramas based on true events were a cinematic staple, in this '90s-era period piece about an elderly White businessman (Tommy Lee Jones) who hires a smooth-talking Black attorney (Jamie Foxx) to take on corporate billionaire screwing him out of his family business. Not on par with the films it wants to emulate—plot lumbers in uniform line of problem/solution, problem/solution, and characters not played by Foxx or Jones lack credibility, a sour point for movies based on actual events.