High Flying Bird

High Flying Bird

(2019)

Play the game on top of the game.

High-stakes business drama from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh and fellow Oscar-holder Alvin McCraney (screenwriter of Moonlight) set in the midst of a pro basketball lockout.... More

Sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland, Moonlight) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to.Hide

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  • In picking at a system until it’s threaded, High Flying Bird is a classic Soderbergh construct. Full Review

  • The film is funny, quick-witted, and even throws in a little sex for good measure. Best of all, its various competing ideas eventually knot together in such satisfying ways... Full Review

  • Soderbergh and McCraney have entertainingly stirred the pot and put a perspective on the screen that will stir some reactions in the real world... Full Review

  • Stumbles when it makes half-hearted attempts at romantic intrigue or tragic backstories, but its subversive view of race, money and power in modern sports couldn’t be more timely. Full Review

  • Non-NBA fans may find the specifics of what the characters discuss somewhat bewildering, but the film nevertheless makes its message about exploitation loud and clear. Full Review