Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead
Miles Ahead
  • R
  • 1h 41m
  • 2016
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Miles Ahead is a wildly entertaining exploration of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar® nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. In the midst of a prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications. Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), a wily music reporter, forces his way into Davis' life and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Miles Ahead is worth watching for Don Cheadle's strong work on both sides of the camera, even if this unconventional biopic doesn't quite capture its subject's timeless appeal.
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones

[Such] pat psychologizing of a notoriously complex personality undercuts the swirling chaos of the...

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Adam Graham

Writer-director-star Don Cheadle gives a towering performance that the film simply can't keep up w...

June 25, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson

A jazzy and unconventional tribute to an American icon, "Miles Ahead" is quite a ride.

June 25, 2017
San Diego Reader
Matthew Lickona

Ultimately, Cheadle's labor of love prizes the music-making over the music, and maybe even over th...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Cheadle shines in dark, labor-of-love biopic of Miles Davis.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Miles Ahead is a biographical drama about legendary jazz trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis. Written, directed by, and starring Don Cheadle, the drama flashes back and forth between the final year of Davis' hiatus from the music industry and his career two decades earlier, when he was recording for Columbia Records with Gil Evans, performing with his quintet in New York City, and falling in love with Frances, a dancer. Expect a lot of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole"), as well as substance use/abuse (heroin, cocaine, alcohol), partial nudity (bare breasts), a threesome, and some violence (a police attack, domestic abuse, and gun violence) -- all of which makes this movie best for mature teens who already know something about the jazz icon.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 1, 2016
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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