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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is expanding exponentially in Spider-Man’s corner of things with the release of “Morbius!” The film is based on the antihero, Morbius, The Living Vampire, who began as an enemy of the Wallcrawler subsequently became a gritty hero in his own right. Starring Jared Leto, the first official trailer for “Morbius” has dropped from Sony  Pictures and it is EVERYTHING!

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From the trailer we see Michael Morbius was born with a rare blood disease that causes him great pain and will ultimately kill him. Using bat DNA he creates a serum that cures him of his disease, but the side effect endows him with bat-like superhuman abilities like flight, enhanced speed, superhuman strength, echolocation, and the hunger and ability to feed on human blood. Thus he is vampiric through biological and not supernatural means; meaning sunlight and garlic have no affect on him (although he does prefer the dark). However, Morbius is not your typical “hero,” as he can be just as brutal as any serial killer in his pursuit of justice or a meal.

The film is undoubtedly an origin story for the character, and thus far besides law enforcement we do not see who the true villain is. We love the trailer though, we expect any film about Morbius to be nothing less than dark and deadly.  Jared Leto is an amazing actor and we feel this is a smart move to cast him as the lead of the film. He gives moody, Gothic vibes. Interestingly, this is not his first role as comic book character. As you recall, he portrayed The Joker in “Suicide Squad.” Although his portayal was mostly panned, it is still worth noting.

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The Sinister Six (beginning bottom left going clockwise) Rhino, Green Goblin, Vulture, Doctor Octopus, and Morbius The Living Vampire

Interestingly, however, Michael Keaton is reprising his role as “Adrian Toomes/Vulture,” last seen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” This has fans believing that the next Spider-Man franchise will soon showcase The Sinister Six; a group of six super villains from Spidey’s rogues’ gallery determined to kill him. Thus far we have seen Vulture, Venom, and Mysterio. If we assume Mysterio’s death in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was actually an illusion, then Morbius would make the fourth addition to the team. That leaves two slots available. Carnage is set to appear in the “Venom” sequel, and there is sure to be a villain in the next standalone Spider-Man film. Thus, this actually sounds plausible.

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Universal’s ‘Invisible Man’ is Monster Movie Magic!

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. 

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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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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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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.

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

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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