The United States vs. Billie Holiday ★★½

Lee Daniels’ biopic about Billie Holiday isn’t great, but Andra Day is. 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday' highlights the legendary jazz singer's defiant performances of an anti-lynching protest song — acts that prompted racist federal officials to try to ruin Holiday. Holiday's story is a complicated one, and this film crumbles under the weight of trying to make sense of it all. It’s too cluttered and messy to come together compellingly. Day nails her portrayal of Holiday. She is sensational. She brings the character to live and without a doubt the best thing that comes out of this movie.

Hulu, digital screener.