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If you’re a fan of monster movies, you may have given up hope after Universal’s failed monster mash franchise kick-starter The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise. This movie proved that big names and big budgets don’t guarantee stellar reviews. So when Kontrol Magazine received an invitation to see a special Atlanta screening on Wednesday, February 18 of Universal’s next monster flick, The Invisible Man, I was leery. 

Grade: A+

From the moment the movie began, it was evident that writer-director Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man was going to be something different. One of the film’s actors, Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time), made that clear in her in-person introduction about the movie. Whannell, along with his partner in crime James Wan, helped redefine the horror genre with Saw and Insidious. The Saw films, in particular, pushed the boundaries of on-screen cinematic violence and helped introduce the term “torture porn” into the modern vernacular.

Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid | UNIVERSAL

Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid | UNIVERSAL

Whannell’s The Invisible Man is a thoroughly modern thriller that sidesteps the previous H.G. Wells adaptations do what Whannell does best: elevate the genre and scare people. The movie has been screened for critics, and they’re taking to social media in droves to report that The Invisible Man is the real deal — a tense, terrifying thriller grounded in real-world issues and featuring a performance for the ages from Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale).

Critics have every right to go absolutely bonkers over The Invisible Man. Moss stars as Cecilia Kass, whose boyfriend Adrian was both a wealthy tech genius and manipulative, abusive partner before apparently committing suicide. Cecilia eventually becomes convinced that he has returned to torment her as… well, an invisible man, although she understandably has a hard time getting anyone to believe her.

The Invisible Man Critic Reviews

  • Critic Witney Seibold was one of many to praise the film’s examination of the dynamics of abuse while also standing in awe of just how damn scary it is — and how much Moss sells Cecilia’s mounting terror. “[The Invisible Man] is not just one of the most tightly-wound thrillers in recent memory, but it is a pertinent and all-too-real look at the panic and damage left by an abusive relationship,” she tweeted. “Elisabeth Moss digs deep.”
  • We Live Entertainment editor-in-chief Scott Menzel concurred. “The Invisible Man is a tension filled thrill-ride from start to finish,” he tweeted. “Elizabeth Moss delivers a… captivating performance that is… some of her finest work to date.”
  • The Playlist’s Griffin Schiller called the film “a modern horror classic… Poignant & timely, packed full of edge of your seat anxiety inducing suspense! Sound & production design are MASSIVE standouts but Elizabeth Moss OWNS this film.”

The Invisible Man, which also stars the amazing new talent, Storm Reid, and the sexy Aldis Hodge, opens February 28, 2020. The response from critics and everyday moviegoers is setting an apparent theme: Monster movie magic is in the air. This film has all the ingredients to be one of the year’s biggest horror hits.

Watch Storm Reid Speak About The Invisible Man

 

Written By: Byron Jamal

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Not Surprised! Wonder Woman 1984 Delayed ‘Til August!

2020 is shaping out to be a really bad year for blockbusters. Thus far highly anticipated films like Mulan, Fast 9 the latest installment of The Fast & Furious, A Quiet Place II and Marvel’s Black Widow standalone film have either been pushed back or delayed indefinitely. Now it seems Wonder Woman 1984 has finally been delayed as well, but only by two months from June to mid-August.

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2020 is shaping out to be a really bad year for blockbusters. Thus far highly anticipated films like Mulan, Fast 9 the latest installment of The Fast & Furious, A Quiet Place II and Marvel’s Black Widow standalone film have either been pushed back or delayed indefinitely. Now it seems Wonder Woman 1984 has finally been delayed as well, but only by two months from June to mid-August.

via Variety

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Warner Bros. is postponing Diana Prince’s return to the big screen. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, “Wonder Woman 1984” will now hit theaters on Aug. 14 instead of June 5.

“When we greenlit ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on Aug. 14,” Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

The delays were inevitable as multiplexes across the country remain closed to help halt the spread of the novel virus. Warner Bros. was always committed to debuting its “Wonder Woman” sequel in cinemas, and the studio felt it was realistic for theaters to be up and running again by August. 

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Wonder Woman 1984 is definitely the film we want to see the most this year. Especially since it is set in our birth year. We hate we have to wait a little longer to see Wonder Woman back on The Big Screen, but as they say “better safe than sorry.” We are praying the world will have returned to some type of normalcy by August.

 

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Yikes! Marvel Delays Release of “Black Widow” Movie INDEFINITELY!

Coronavirus may very well be the new Thanos, as it seems no single entity or nation can withstand the effects of the pandemic. It is being reported that Marvel’s standalone film, “Black Widow,” is being delayed indefinitely due to the effects of coronavirus on the movie industry. Earlier this morning, AMC Theaters announced they will be closed for six to twelve weeks doing their part to prevent the spread of the virus. 

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Coronavirus may very well be the new Thanos, as it seems no single entity or nation can withstand the effects of the pandemic. It is being reported that Marvel’s standalone film, “Black Widow,” is being delayed indefinitely due to the effects of coronavirus on the movie industry. Earlier this morning, AMC Theaters announced they will be closed for six to twelve weeks doing their part to prevent the spread of the virus.

via Comicbook.com

Marvel’s Black Widow. Originally set to be with us on May 1st, the studio has now delayed the movie indefinitely, pulling it off the schedule and not giving us a new date for when we can expect it to open. Of course, it still will hit theaters at some point, but right now, we don’t know when that’ll be or how long we’ll need to wait to get a new release date.

Indeed, with the Coronavirus quickly spreading and showing no signs of slowing down, it seems like every major movie scheduled from now until at least July/August will be getting delayed, leaving the entertainment landscape pretty empty for the foreseeable future. Unless, of course, some of these titles end up on streaming platforms instead.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but for now, Marvel fans will have to wait a little longer for Phase 4 to kickoff with Black Widow, as it’ll no longer be here in May.

This really sucks. We were looking forward to the Black Widow movie. We are hoping and praying that coronavirus will will cured or at least contained soon. We guess we can count moviegoing as a way to get past the next few weeks of quarantine. Be safe everyone.

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Essence Atkins & Keith Robinson Tackle “Open Marriages” in BET’s “Open” Movie!

Marriage, in any form, is a great deal of work. Traditionally it has been viewed as a committed and MONOGAMOUS relationship between a man and a woman. However in 2020, it seems to be whatever works for a particular couple, and nothing is defiled as long as both people in the relationship agree on their terms of engagement. BET’s latest movie, “Open” starring Essence Atkins (Smart Guy, Half & Half, Ambitions) and Keith Robinson (Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue, Dreamgirls, Saints & Sinners) tackles and explores the issue of “open marriages.”

Grade: A

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Marriage, in any form, is a great deal of work. Traditionally it has been viewed as a committed and MONOGAMOUS relationship between a man and a woman. However in 2020, it seems to be whatever works for a particular couple, and nothing is defiled as long as both people in the relationship agree on their terms of engagement. BET’s latest movie, “Open” starring Essence Atkins (Smart Guy, Half & Half, Ambitions) and Keith Robinson (Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue, Dreamgirls, Saints & Sinners) tackles and explores the issue of “open marriages.”

Grade: A

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An open marriage (as defined by Dictionary.com) is “a marriage or relationship in which both partners agree that each may have sexual relations with others.” Set in Atlanta, in “Open,” we meet a seemingly happily married couple, Wren (Essence Atkins) and Cameron (Keith Robinson), who also seem to have it all. However, the two are currently in an open marriage at Wren’s behest. As the child of divorced parents whose relationship was riddled with infidelity, Wren feels an open marriage will keep she and Cameron together ultimately. The couple abide by three rules: One, never sleep with an ex or anyone they have ever had an intimate relationship before, Two, never have sex with the same person more than once, and Three, always tell the other person when you are about to engage with someone else.

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Surprisingly, there open marriage seems to work until Wren’s first love, Mars (Matt Cedeno), returns and they begin a torrid affair. The affair not only breaks the rules but, exposes their open marriage status, and leaves Cameron questioning the fidelity of their marriage. Wren must not only learn from her mistakes, but accept hard truths about who she is and what she really wants if she is to salvage her relationship.

This film is amazing! The subject material is fascinating! Open marriages are rarely discussed in such a productive and thorough way on any form of media. Most people assume it is way a for married individuals to have sex with other people without it being considered cheating. However, it seems that Wren and Cameron at the time, were doing what they felt was best for their marriage. We are, however, surprised it was Wren that initiated the entire notion. The growth of both characters is admirable as one find her true self, and the other realizes what is most important to him.

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We were invited to a screening attended by the cast of the film, the director, Cas Sigers-Beedle, and the executive producer, famed actress, Terri J. Vaughn. There Essence spoke on how she feels about open marriages and why she chose to do the movie. “…I could never do one [she laughs]. I think people do what is best for them and their relationship…We spoke to a few couples who engage in them and they pretty much explain they set rules, talk about everything, and work through their issues…I loved the script! I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. Wren was just an incredible character…” She went on to share how much she enjoyed working with Keith Robinson again. “We met back in 2002 on ‘Half & Half,’  he had a recurring role as ‘Neil [Crawford]’… and have remained friends to this day. He’s such a gentleman and great guy…now here we are Dee Dee and Neil married and open [she laughs].” 

“Open” is definitely a film worth watching, encouraging at the very least pertinent dialogue concerning relationship, sex, and infidelity. You can catch the film now on BET and BET Her. Check your local listings for showtimes.

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