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The American dream is a notion–or well promise–to all people within in our country of peace, safety, justice and most of all equality. However, if you are a Black Man there are time and situations when that notion might as well be a fantasy. Hamilton star Daveed Diggs definitely has this understand down to science as he tackles police brutality and injustice in his new film, Blindspotting!

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casa as Collin and Miles in Blindspotting movie

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casa as Collin and Miles in “Blindspotting”

Blindspotting centers on Collin (Daveed Diggs), an ex-con adjusting to life outside of prison–and with limited freedom–thanks to probation and a legal curfew at his halfway home. He passes his few remaining days focusing on work, while working alongside his eccentric best friend Miles (Rafael Casal). Collin’s attempts to keep his head low and stay out of trouble hit a snag when he witnesses an officer gun down an unarmed Black Man. He does his best to put it behind him but Miles’ antics combined with his growing PTSD began to haunt him like none other. Colin’s crisis of conscience and rage all climaxes to an event you will never see coming!

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This film deserves every award on the books! We are not surprised that Daveed is amazing in this film. Anything he touches is GOLD. Even more surprising is that he wrote this moving film with Rafael. Blindspotting is a movie you will laugh, cry, and have to watch again and again because it is just that deep. As a Black Man, or even a person of color in this country, you will relate to Colin and his shortcomings.

Honestly, we need more films–mainstream and independent–to tackle this topic. Indeed, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was right, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Be sure you catch Blindspotting anywhere it can be found. Daveed and Rafael, kudos, kudos, and KUDOS!

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“BIG” Fun! Marsai Martin, Regina Hall & Issa Rae Are Quite The Odd Trio in “Little!”

Dear Will Packer, how many comedies are you go to make us fall in love with? Well we definitely know the hit comedy train is not stopping with his newest comedy, Little!  The film centers on software tycoon, Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall)  who is wildly successful and hilariously selfish. Her assistant, April (Issa Rae), is an aspiring app maker and spends most of her time catering to Jordan’s every need and forewarning the staff of her wrath. Jordan’s temper is “i” when a magical spell from an angry kid turns her back into her younger, “Little,” self (Marsai Martin)!  April and Little Jordan Sanders must find away to undo the magic that has made her  a kid again, avoid the pitfalls of middle school life, all the while coming up with a pitch that will save her company from ruin!

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Dear Will Packer, how many comedies are you go to make us fall in love with? Well we definitely know the hit comedy train is not stopping with his newest comedy, Little!  The film centers on software tycoon, Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall)  who is wildly successful and hilariously selfish. Her assistant, April (Issa Rae), is an aspiring app maker and spends most of her time catering to Jordan’s every need and forewarning the staff of her wrath. Jordan’s temper is “i” when a magical spell from an angry kid turns her back into her younger, “Little,” self (Marsai Martin)!  April and Little Jordan Sanders must find away to undo the magic that has made her  a kid again, avoid the pitfalls of middle school life, all the while coming up with a pitch that will save her company from ruin!

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We have to say we were more than a “Little” charmed with Little. The movie definitely connects with your inner child and jump starts the woes and fears that come from working for an overbearing and demanding boss. Regina, Issa, and Marsai are all brilliant actresses and their comedic chemistry is definitely one for the ages. You honestly have never seen Regina in a role like this, but Marsai’s role definitely reeds “Diane Johnson” gone “Angry Boss!” Issa is still “Insecure” as April, but she more than proves she has what it takes to become a boss and boss around a mini-boss. You just be sure to catch Little in theaters everywhere TODAY!

Grade: B+

What We Liked

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-Regina Hall as Jordan Sanders! We have never seen her as an angry boss in all the years she has been acting!

-Little Jordan’s school arc. Seeing her connect with her new friends was nothing short of heartwarming.

-Tone Bell as “Preston.” Tone was hilarious as April’s love interest. Although we are not sure if their budding relationship wouldn’t be an HR issue….

 

What We Loved

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-Marsai Martin is an amazing actress! We cannot wait to see where her career will take her next.

-Luke James’ strip tease. It was PG though…

-Justin Hartley as Little Jordan’s teacher. Can we go back to middle school?

 

What We Hated

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-Nothing!

 

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Nice! Jordan Peele’s “Us” (@UsMovie) $70 Million Opening Weekend Sets Records!

Jordan Peele is winning yet again! His newest horror film, Us, had debuted with higher than expected seventy million dollar opening weekend! This has earned the film a number of records, including the highest opening for an original movie (meaning it is not a sequel or reboot), and the highest debut for a movie in March for an original live-action movie or horror film. The film has already more than doubled Get Out’s opening of $33.4 million dollars!

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Jordan Peele is winning yet again! His newest horror film, Us, had debuted with higher than expected seventy million dollar opening weekend! This has earned the film a number of records, including the highest opening for an original movie (meaning it is not a sequel or reboot), and the highest debut for a movie in March for an original live-action movie or horror film. The film has already more than doubled Get Out’s opening of $33.4 million dollars!

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Let’s lay out some pretty amazing facts about Us’ $70 million weekend. That is the highest opening ever for an original “R”-rated film. The 11 “R” films to open higher were either sequels or adapted from popular books. Us is also the biggest opening ever for an original live-action film in March and an original horror film in any month. Only It and last year’s Halloween opener higher. But…can it outgross Get Out‘s $176 million?

Us has already doubled Get Out’s $33.4 million opening. A good start indeed. It is the 142nd film to open with $65 million or more. Of those previous 141 films, do you know how many failed to reach the $176 million earned by Get Out? Six. (Fifty Shades of Grey, Halloween 2018, Fast and FuriousQuantum of Solace,X-Men: Apocalypse2012). That is already 95.7% in favor of Us besting Get Out’s total. The number to watch next week when Dumbo knocks Us back to second is whether its second weekend is over or under $28 million.

We are clapping all the way to the bank for Jordan Peele! Yet again, movie trackers are bad at predicting what will be a hit or not. Social media indicated just what a buzz this film had around it, thus we are not surprised! What do you guys think of Us? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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[REVIEW] Riveting! The Truth About Jordan Peele’s “Us” (@UsMovie) is SHOCKING!

The American horror film genre has always been crazy, but seldom has been it been BLACK! Award winning director, screenwriter, and comedian, Jordan Peele has been changing the color of the genre with Get Out and now, Us! Us, starring Black Panther alumni, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, centers on a Black family visiting their summer home who soon finds themselves in danger from their doppelgangers (n. an apparition or double of a living person)! The family must outmaneuver these unexplained duplicates and fight for their loves. The origins of these apparitions is so sci-fi it will defy logic!

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The American horror film genre has always been crazy, but seldom has been it been BLACK! Award winning director, screenwriter, and comedian, Jordan Peele has been changing the color of the genre with Get Out and now, Us! Us, starring Black Panther alumni, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, centers on a Black family visiting their summer home who soon finds themselves in danger from their doppelgangers (n. an apparition or double of a living person)! The family must outmaneuver these unexplained duplicates and fight for their loves. The origins of these apparitions is so sci-fi it will defy logic!

Grade: A-

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What We Liked

-The concept of fighting your doppelganger! They say you are your own worst enemy. This was definitely the case in this film.

-The origins of the doppelgangers. Beware of playing God!

-Lupita Nyong’o taking on the final girl moments of the film.

 

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What We Loved

-The bumbling nature of Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke) was maddening, but hilarious.

-The use of rabbits as a motif of duplication and cloning

-The acting of the cast. They really played two separate people. From their make up to their demeanor, and even how they moved was so believable it will leave you wondering do you have your own doppelganger.

-The symbolization of the golden scissors in “un-tethering” people from their doppelgangers.

-The ending and explanation as to why the attacks started and the truth of Adelaide Wilson’s (Lupita Nyong’o) origins.

 

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What We Hated

-We really wanted to see a typical Black Family’s reaction to something like this. Their response seemed very stereotypical and “Caucasian” of the horror film genre.

 

 

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