THE 24TH (2020 Cox on demand): The movie is based on true events that transpired in Houston, Texas during the summer of 1917, when the all-Black 24th Infantry, part of the famed Buffalo Soldiers, mutinied on August 23. The riot, which lasted two hours, led to the death of 11 civilians, 5 policemen and 4 soldiers and resulted in the largest murder trial in history. Nineteen of the soldiers were hanged, and forty-one were sentenced to life at hard labor. That summer had already brought mass racial attacks against black people in Illinois, East St. Louis, and Chester, Pennsylvania, something the unit was aware of when they were sent to Houston in July. The reports of marauding, homicidal white mobs no doubt etched themselves into the corners of the soldiers’ brains. The movie lingers a bit too long after the mutiny, but they have a point to make. One of the soldiers, William Boston, when asked why he joined the Army, said, “For life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That’s all that black people want today. One of the white racists, who beat a soldier within an inch of his life, said, “We’re going to take back our country.” Unfortunately, there are some racists who feel that way today. Thomas Haden Church (Wings, Sideways) is the sympathetic leader of the 24th Infantry, and Trai Byers is good as William Boston, a soldier that the men admired for his education and his leadership qualities. The New York Times critic said, “This stultifyingly earnest movie makes its points with such a heavy hand that its horrors struggle to resonate.” I know what she means, but this is a piece of history of which everyone should be aware. There are no heroes here, but the movie does illustrate the struggle of black people to be seen as equal citizens. I say B-, but Gary thinks it deserves a B. GRADE B/B-