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High Flying Bird

Directed, shot, and edited by Steven Soderbergh, this cerebral Netflix original is an even more incisive drama about the business of sports than Moneyball. André Holland (Moonlight, Selma) stars as a shrewd New York agent fiercely committed to his mostly young and black basketball clients, but who's stymied by a league lockout after negotiations with the ballers' labor reps stall. Weaving between the teams' billionaire owners, the players' association, and the executives of his own agency, he hustles to get the athletes working—and solvent—again. Screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney's extensive dialogue bristles with ideas and insights, and he clearly acknowledges the seminal book The Revolt of the Black Athlete by sociologist and civil rights activist Harry Edwards, who has a cameo. With Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Bill Duke, Sonja Sohn, and Kyle MacLachlan; NBA pros Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Donovan Mitchell appear in interview segments.

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