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We thought the age of Blaxploitation films was over, but thankfully there is some nostalgia in the air still. Sony seems intent on capitalizing on that in its latest film, starring Taraji P. Henson, in Proud Mary!

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The film centers on Mary (Taraji P. Henson), a guilt-ridden hitwoman/mob enforcer who takes in an orphan, Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) after killing his father. Mary is determined to make amends for what has transpired in Danny’s life after and goes after a drug lord from a rival mob family for it. The consequences are immense as she must soon find a way to cover her tracks, protect Danny, and finally leave the mob for good–something that is far easier said than done!

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We have to say this film was just “okay.” What we really liked, of course, was the action. It was good seeing Taraji branch out into an action role. She definitely did that! The fight and shooting scenes were superb. Jahi Winston really sells the role of the troubled street kid that you cannot help but love. He and Taraji have great chemistry in a “faux mother-son” kind of way. Surprisingly, we saw Danny Glover and Margaret Avery reunite! As you know they were “Mister/Albert” and “Shug Avery” from The Color Purple.

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Jahi Winston as “Danny”

What we did not like however, was that the film seemed rush. There definitely should have been more of a backstory for Mary. We did not get to see how she grew up, exactly what broke her and Tom (Billy Brown), or what really became of Danny’s mother. Furthermore, why didn’t Sony promote this film more? Taraji is a high profile actress you would think there would have been more advanced screenings and interviews with the cast. We definitely would not mind seeing a sequel (we aren’t sure how likely that will happen) where Danny, now a little older, has been trained by Mary and has to help her protect their new, peaceful life.

You all just be sure to catch Proud Mary in a theater near you, Happy viewing!

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[MOVIE REVIEW] STILL Amazing…Disney’s “The Lion King” (@disneylionking) is Breathtaking!

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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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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-“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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The Hate Ensues…Some Disney Fans are NOT Here for Halle Bailey as “Ariel” in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

Disney dropped some amazing news when the company announced, Halle Bailey, half of the R & B singing duo, discovered by Beyonce, Chloe x Halle, has been casted as “Ariel” in the live action The Little Mermaid remake. The reception to this news has been greatly positive with many stating as a fictional character, Ariel is not a real person, leaving the actress who would portray her open to interpretation. However, other fans of the original movie feel otherwise–becoming quite hateful with their rebukes of the live action reboot!

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Disney dropped some amazing news when the company announced, Halle Bailey, half of the R & B singing duo, discovered by Beyonce, Chloe x Halle, has been casted as “Ariel” in the live action The Little Mermaid remake. The reception to this news has been greatly positive with many stating as a fictional character, Ariel is not a real person, leaving the actress who would portray her open to interpretation. However, other fans of the original movie feel otherwise–becoming quite hateful with their rebukes of the live action reboot!

Check out a few of the tweets below:

As much hate as these racist comments and trolls gave, these was even more love from Black Twitter and many media outlets praising Disney for their diversity casting. Halle will star alongside Melissa McCarthy who has been tapped to play the sea witch, Ursula; and Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina to play Flounder and Scuttle, respectively. What do you guys think of Disney’s casting decision for The Little Mermaid. Are you down for our next trip “Under The Sea?”

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“The Intruder!” On Digital July 16th On Blu-Ray & DVD July 30th!

The Intruder is making its Digital debut on July 16th, and DVD/Blu-Ray debut on July 30th! The film centers on a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) who buys their dream house in the Napa Valley; they think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller (Dennis Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.

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The Intruder is making its Digital debut on July 16th, and DVD/Blu-Ray debut on July 30th! The film centers on a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) who buys their dream house in the Napa Valley; they think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller (Dennis Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.

The Intruder is nothing short of a thrilling film and you have to be sure to grab it next month. Check out its cool bonus features below:

  • Making a Modern Thriller Featurette: Discover how the cast and crew brought Charlie Peck and the world of Foxglove to life with looks into the scripting process, cast, location scouting and more!
  • Alternate Ending
  • 6 Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel: Being a homeowner is no laughing matter – but check out the cast of The Intruder having more than a few laughs during the making of the film! 
  • Feature Commentary with Director Deon Taylor, writer David Loughery, Producer Roxanne Avent, Meagan Good, and Michael Ealy.

 

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