Monday, Feb 13: 7:30 pm
Steeped in the bohemian cool of Chicago’s 1990s Black creative scene, LOVE JONES—the smart, sexy, and stylish debut feature of writer-director Theodore Witcher—is a love story for anyone who has ever wondered, 'How do I know when I’ve found the one?' Larenz Tate and Nia Long have magnetism and chemistry to burn as the striving, artistically talented twentysomethings, Darius and Nina—he’s a poet, she’s a photographer—who spark over their love of literature and jazz, but whose mutual reluctance to commit to a relationship leaves them both navigating an emotional minefield of confusion, jealousy, and regrets. Velvety cinematography; an unforgettable, eclectic soundtrack; dazzling dialogue; and refreshingly low-key, naturalistic performances by an ensemble cast that also includes Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson, Bill Bellamy, Bernadette Speakes, and Leonard Roberts come together in an intoxicating, seductively moody romance that engages both the heart and the mind.
“Love Jones wasn’t a box office hit when it was released back in 1997. Its rather intimate and quiet story of 20-somethings living and working in the big city was lost among the glut of action-thrillers and the dismal revival of the teen slasher. But its dramatic narrative, simple and refined, has endured as one of the most dependable and esteemed love stories entrenched in the hip-hop culture of the past 25 years.” Imran Khan, PopMatters
“Beautiful in its portrayal, exciting in the hope it brings, and perfectly flawed—just like true love.” Tanya Christian, Glamour