‘The Banker’ review: Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson star in a movie that yields a modest return on Apple’s first bite at movies

Based on real events (although its accuracy is among the aspects that have been challenged), the film centers on Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie), a self-taught real-estate whiz who set his sights on Los Angeles in the 1950s. He’s introduced exhibiting his savvy for business as a child in small-town Texas, where his father says of those entrepreneurial aspirations, “You were born the wrong color, son.”

A grown-up Garrett is still the wrong color for L.A. in that era but finds creative ways to skirt the roadblocks. First, he aligns himself with a well-established white developer (Colm Meaney) and subsequently a … Read More