The Banker proves too safe an investment for Apple TV+ [Review]

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Anthony Mackie, left, and Samuel L. Jackson star in The Banker, out now on Apple TV+.
Anthony Mackie, left, and Samuel L. Jackson star in The Banker, out now on Apple TV+.
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Mired in scandal and plagued by delays, the debut fiction film purchased by Apple TV+ is finally here to stream, just in time for everyone in America to be trapped with little else but their TVs.

The Banker, starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson, likely won’t top many best-of lists this year. It’s too slight, though neither does it embarrass itself in the telling of a compelling true story about overcoming discrimination in a racist world.

Apple’s first original movie, The Banker, debuts on Apple TV+

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Anthony Mackie, left, and Samuel L. Jackson star in The Banker, out now on Apple TV+.
Friday means new Apple TV+ content to watch!
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After a brief theatrical run to make it eligible for awards season, Apple TV+ movie The Banker made its debut on the streaming service Friday.

The movie, based on a true story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, two of the first black bankers in the United States. To get around discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws, they hire a white man (played by Nicholas Hoult) to be the face of their business, while they pose as a chauffeur and janitor.

The Banker‘s troubled road to theaters ends today

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The Banker is the first original movie from Apple TV+.
The Banker was originally scheduled to debut last year.
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Apple-owned movie The Banker is due to land on Apple TV+ later this month. But if you want to catch it on the big screen, you can do so starting today.

The movie, which is based on a true story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, two of the first African-American bankers in the United States. To combat systematic racism during the Jim Crow era, they hire a white man (Nicholas Hoult) as the face of their business while posing as a chauffeur and janitor.

Critics call Apple TV+ movie The Banker ‘emotionally satisfying’ but ‘staid’

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Apple TV will debut “The Banker” later this month.
Nicholas Hoult, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie often drew praise for their work in The Banker.
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Reviews for Apple’s The Banker are generally positive, but some critics had some harsher comments about this portrayal of black entrepreneurs tricking racist white businessmen during the Jim Crow era.

This movie will hit the Apple TV+ service later this month.

Following delay, Apple TV+ movie The Banker has its premiere

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The Banker is the first original movie from Apple TV+.
The original premiere was pushed back due to allegations of abuse.
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Apple TV+ movie The Banker had its red carpet premiere Monday night at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

The movie, which is based on a true story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, two of the first African-American bankers in the United States.

The Banker movie hits Apple TV+ in March following delay

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The Banker is the first original movie from Apple TV+.
The Banker was originally scheduled to debut last year.
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Apple original movie The Banker will hit theaters and Apple TV+ this March following a delay, the company confirmed to Cult of Mac.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, the film tells the fascinating true story of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African Americans who built up a successful banking business in the 1950s and ’60s.

The Banker’s release was put on hold last November so that Apple could investigate allegations made against one of its producers.

Apple TV+ movie The Banker premiere scrapped amid controversy [Updated]

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The Banker is the first original movie from Apple TV+.
The Banker was originally scheduled to debut last year.
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The Banker, the first Apple TV+ original movie, will miss its world debut this week. Apple pulled the film after allegations of sexual abuse emerged involving Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of one of the men portrayed in the film and a co-producer of the project.

In the wake of recently surfaced accusations lodged by his half-sisters, Cynthia and Sheila Garrett, Garrett Jr.’s name has been scrubbed from the movie’s publicity materials. And the movie, originally scheduled to premier Thursday night at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, has been nixed. Now it’s not clear when it will be released.

The first film Apple bought finally gets its first trailer

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Geraldine Viswanathan appears in Hala, chosen for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Geraldine Viswanathan appears as the title character in Hala.
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Apple’s coming-of-age drama about a Pakistani American teenager will land on Apple TV+ and in theaters just in time for award season.

Hala, the first narrative feature film Apple bought, will premiere on the streaming service on December 6. That’s just two weeks after The Banker lands on Apple TV+. To hype up the release date, Apple published the first full-length trailer for Hala. The movie follows a girl who goes from picking up skateboarding to falling in love for the first time. Meanwhile, her Pakistani family starts unraveling.

The Banker shows how black businessmen challenged racist real estate laws

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Apple's original film The Banker hits theaters in December.
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The first trailer for Apple original film The Banker showcases the shrewd financial moves of two black entrepreneurs who took on racist real estate laws in the Jim Crow era.

Based on a true story, the film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie as ambitious businessmen who used a clever scheme to shake up the establishment in the 1950s.

First Apple TV+ movie trailer will give you all the feels

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Kids and adults will dig Apple TV+'s first movie.
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Apple finally gave fans a glimpse of one of the first movies that will debut on Apple TV+ when the service launches next month.

Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (that guy from 12 Years a Slave and Doctor Strange), The Elephant Queen follows a family of elephants on their year-long journey across Africa as they face threats from poachers and drought. The film earned positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Based on the first trailer, it looks like it’s stuffed with the type of positive vibes Apple is gunning for.

Take a look: