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Amazing, entertaining, breathtaking, and captivating were all the words used to describe Disney’s animated classic, The Lion King, and now they ring more true for its latest live action remake! Mufasa, Simba, Nala, Scar, Timon, and Pumbaa are all back and REAL. The story is still largely the same, but our characters have more depth and soul thanks their all too realistic hair and skin. Simba (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino), a young lion cub and the rightful king of The Pridelands must overcome the fear and demons of his past to save his kingdom and stop his treacherous uncle, Scar, from destroying the Circle of Life and his late father, Mufasa’s, legacy.

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Disney has definitely been on it with its live action remakes, but The Lion King, in particular holds a special place in the hearts of so many. Remaking it only would prove challenging with bringing this animated world to life, while re-captivating the magic of the original animated film. The voice actors for the characters truly accomplished this by combining elements of the original film, the Broadway musical, and new layers to characters like Nala (Beyonce) and Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor),  and Shenzi; (Florence Kasumba) and expanded roles for Sarabi (Alfred Woodard) and Zazu. Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) are as hilarious as ever, in many ways reminding us of now grown fans of the film just how sarcastic we have become when it comes to the world. This is truly a film your entire family must see and bond over. Selfless duty, nobility, justice, and responsibillity are just a few life lessons The Lion King has to teach a new generation. Be the kings–and queens–we know you all are and support this film!

Grade: A-

What We Liked

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-The computer generated characters are so realistic we felt as if we were watching a scene from National Geographic Explorer!

-The expounded roles of various characters. Learning why Scar hates Mufasa and wanted to be king, seeing how and why Nala bravely left to find help, and even Zazu proving to be a brace and loyal servant.

-The atmosphere and setting of the film truly bring the Motherland to life. You feel as though you are right there in the savanna, desert, and jungle with the characters.

-Meeting new characters in Timon & Pumbaa’s jungle. They were so cute and funny; and made those bugs look delicious. “Slimy, yet satisfying!”

Beyonce is pretty good as a voice actress. She brought a sweetness coupled with sheer toughness to Nala’s expanded role.

 

What We Loved

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Mufasa

-“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” is just as magical and romantic as it was when Elton John first wrote it. Beyonce and Donald Glover definitely did it justice.

-The exquisiteness of the detail in every scene and every movement of the characters. This is indeed breaking edge cinematic technology. There should definitely be a live action remake of The Lion King 2 with Kiara and Kovu’s story.

-Mufasa is still voiced by James Earl Jones. We could not imagine this iconic Disney character being voiced by anyone else.

-Scar’s design. He was ugly and looked like a scrawny, diseased ridden lion.

 

What We Hated

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-“Be Prepared” and “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” are lackluster in this rendition. Here the original animated scenes fared far better.

 

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First Love. Last Letter. | TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU Final Trailer!!

It is sequel time! Just when we thought “To All The Boys I Loved” was neatly wrapped a done, Netflix blesses us with a sequel–“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You?”

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To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

It is sequel time! Just when we thought “To All The Boys I Loved” was neatly wrapped a done, Netflix blesses us with a sequel–“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You!”

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To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Anna Cathcart, John Corbett – Photo Credit: Netflix / Bettina Strauss

It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple. They ARE a couple. And, as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter — her first real kiss, her first real date, her first Valentine’s Day — she finds herself leaning more on Kitty and Margot (Anna Cathcart and Janel Parrish), Chris (Madeleine Arthur), and an unexpected new confidant, Stormy (Holland Taylor), to help her manage the complex emotions that come with this new chapter of balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self.

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To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – Jordan Fisher, Lana Condor – Photo Credit: Netflix / Bettina Strauss

But when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again she must rely on herself more than ever as she’s confronted with her first real dilemma: Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

We have to say we cannot wait for this film. The last film was so heartwarming and had all the angst and hi-jinks we love from a teen romantic comedy. It really looks like Lara Jean has her work cut out for her as she navigates these new challenges in her love life.

What do you guys think about the trailer for “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You?” Are you #TeamJohn or #TeamPeter?Sound off in the comments’ section below!

 

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Meek Mill, Jahi Winston, Teyonah Parris & More Star in “CHARM CITY KINGS” Trailer!

 Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (JAHI DI’ALLO WINSTON, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce pull of different forces: Between notorious ex-con Blax (Grammy-nominated best-selling artist MEEK MILL) and concerned Detective Rivers (WILLIAM CATLETT, TV’s “Black Lightning”), and between the straight path set for Mouse by his concerned mother (TEYONAH PARRIS, If Beale Street Could Talk, Dear White People, TV’s “Empire”) and the dangers of gang life, which took his brother’s life.

The one truth Mouse knows is that he loves the power, artistry and energy of “The Ride” — the exhilarating motorized-dirt-bike scene that is both pastime and passion on the streets of Baltimore.

During one eventful summer, Mouse steers his way through two father figures, a first girlfriend, the pull of illegal choices and the thrill of stunt-riding that makes him and his friends feel like “CHARM CITY KINGS.”

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 Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (JAHI DI’ALLO WINSTON, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce pull of different forces: Between notorious ex-con Blax (Grammy-nominated best-selling artist MEEK MILL) and concerned Detective Rivers (WILLIAM CATLETT, TV’s “Black Lightning”), and between the straight path set for Mouse by his concerned mother (TEYONAH PARRIS, If Beale Street Could Talk, Dear White People, TV’s “Empire”) and the dangers of gang life, which took his brother’s life.

The one truth Mouse knows is that he loves the power, artistry and energy of “The Ride” — the exhilarating motorized-dirt-bike scene that is both pastime and passion on the streets of Baltimore.

During one eventful summer, Mouse steers his way through two father figures, a first girlfriend, the pull of illegal choices and the thrill of stunt-riding that makes him and his friends feel like “CHARM CITY KINGS.”

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Meek in “Charm City Kings”

We are really excited to see “Charm City Kings!” We personally know Jahi and he is one amazing young actor. Did you catch him in “Queen & Slim?” The film is reminiscent of “Biker Boyz” (2003), with the motorcycle motif. We have no doubt this film is going to amazing. Besides we want to see if Meek Mill has any real acting chops!

CHARM CITY KINGS will debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a release in NY/LA/Baltimore on April 10thand nationwide April 17th 2020.

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[TRAILER] Taskmaster Shows His Skills in 2nd “Black Widow” Movie Trailer!

We are a little less than four months away from the debut of Marvel’s standalone “Black Widow” movie. The film is definitely one of the most anticipated features of 2020. Thankfully, Marvel Studios has now dropped the second official trailer for the film!

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We are a little less than four months away from the debut of Marvel’s standalone “Black Widow” movie. The film is definitely one of the most anticipated features of 2020. Thankfully, Marvel Studios has now dropped the second official trailer for the film!

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As you may already know the film is a prequel, to the Avengers Infinity War and Endgame movies, set shortly after the events of “Captain America: Civil War.Black Widow returns to Russia and reunites with her “family,” Yelena Belenova (another Black Widow), Iron Maiden, and the Red Guardian. With their help she dares to take on The Red Room, the secret organization that creates female spies like herself and the mysterious assassin, Taskmaster!

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Taskmaster (comic book version [left], movie version [right])

The first “Black Widow” trailer focused on Natasha’s [Romanoff] “family” as aforementioned, but this second one gives us a clear look at Taskmaster and hints at his skills. As you can see he an expert swordsman, fighter, gymnast, and has shield throwing skills similar to Captain America’s. In the comics, Taskmaster has “photographic reflexes, the ability to copy and mimic the fighting style of any person he sees granting him limited super speed, Olympic level conditioning, and allows him to predict movements from his opponents. Thus, at this point in the MCU, he possibly has mimicked the fighting styles of multiple Avengers, including Cap, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, and perhaps even Hawkeye. and Black Panther. Needless to Widow has her work cut out for her.

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This new trailer only leaves us feening for the actual film. We really hate Black Widow has not gotten her own film earlier. She is seemingly dead as of “Avengers: Endgame,” and Scarlet Johansson’s contract with Marvel Studios is up. The trailer continues to play on the bond between Natasha and Yelena, forcing us to believe she will completely believe will assume the mantle of Black Widow.

What do you all think of the second official trailer for “Black Widow” and Taskmaster? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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