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For over the past decade some of the world’s top grossing films have featured the greatest superheroes. Usually they consists of top tier heroes from Marvel (The Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, etc.) and DC Comics (The Justice League, Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, etc.) It seems Netflix is now cashing in on the superhero craze, bringing the hit British comic book series, The Umbrella Academy to the Silver Screen!

The series centers on seven adoptive siblings–six with super powers, and one powerless–adopted by an eccentric billionaire, Sir Reginald Hargreeves/The Monocle (Colm Feore) to train them in hopes of deterring crime. However, the heroic family is highly dysfunctional, each sibling suffering with their set of problems, all emotionally scarred by their father’s cold and distant nature. To save the world they will each have to overcome their distrust and shortcomings, band together, and stop an impending apocalypse!

Grade: A+

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What We Liked

-We liked the array of super powers each character has. The only teams that have more unique sets, we dare say, are The X-Men and Doom Patrol!

-The acting was completely on point. These actors really do come off like a set of squabbling siblings. Your entire sibling archetype is there, from the dominant older son/responsible daughter to your middle children crying out for attention, and lastly the overlooked child, or black sheep.

Mary J. Blige as a kick ass assassin! You have never seen Mary in a role like this before and it truly suits her. “Cha Cha” we love you!

What We Loved

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Mary J. Blige as “Cha Cha”

-The girl power! From Rumor and White Violin’s (Ellen Page) powers to the Time Bureau director and Cha Cha’s ruthlessness these women will keep you watching!

-The formula for this series! If you haven’t taken notice two of the biggest franchises in superhero history, The Fantastic Four and The Incredibles involve superheroes in a dysfunctional family kind of setting. It makes the characters way more realistic and relatable.

-Five is the character to watch! He is interwoven throughout this entire story arc. His powers warn him of the apocalypse and as you will see, they may very well avert it,

-Allison/Rumor’s  (Emmy Raver-Lampman) consequences and guilt for using her powers on her young daughter. It really brings full circle the whole “with great power comes great responsibility.” This also includes consequences when one acts irresponsibly.

-The development of Klaus/Seance’s (Robert Sheehan) powers is definitely a coming of age story as he overcomes his fears and begins to embrace his full potential.

-The love story between Luther/Spaceboy and Allison/Rumor is truly a new take on Beauty and The Beat,albeit with the unethical romance between two adoptive siblings.

What We Hated

-Nothing, Netflix you did this!

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Yikes! Fox Cancels “REL” After One Season!

Comedian, Lil Rel Howery, is definitely one of the funniest comedians alive and a rising star in the movie scene. However, that has not stopped Fox from canceling his self-titled, show, REL, after only one season. Low ratings may have been an attributing factor, still others are blaming the controversies surrounding cast mate, Instagram Star, Jess Hilarious.  Rel took to Instagram to thank his fans and viewers for their support. 

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Comedian, Lil Rel Howery, is definitely one of the funniest comedians alive and a rising star in the movie scene. However, that has not stopped Fox from canceling his self-titled, show, REL, after only one season. Low ratings may have been an attributing factor, still others are blaming the controversies surrounding cast mate, Instagram Star, Jess Hilarious.  Rel took to Instagram to thank his fans and viewers for their support.

We really liked REL and are surprised to see it has been canceled. Then again, Fox can be brutal with its line up, especially when it comes to its comedies. We wish Lil Rel and the rest of the cast the best. We are sure he will be fine though, he is appearing in five movies between the end of this year and next year.

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#BingeWatchWorthy- Netflix’s “Love, Death, & Robots”

Netflix is always pushing the envelope with its series, but one of its newest series–a series of animated short films–may be one of its most innovative! Enter the worlds of Love, Death, & Robots! As aforementioned the series consists of eighteen animated short films, each set in a different world dealing with the themes of love (in various forms), different ways death affects the world, and of course ROBOTS–just about every kind you can think of; from giant mechs to true artificial life forms. Get ready to have your minds and senses blown as the graphic series leave little to the imagination, but always delivers a story you will never forget.

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Netflix is always pushing the envelope with its series, but one of its newest series–a series of animated short films–may be one of its most innovative! Enter the worlds of Love, Death, & Robots! As aforementioned the series consists of eighteen animated short films, each set in a different world dealing with the themes of love (in various forms), different ways death affects the world, and of course ROBOTS–just about every kind you can think of; from giant mechs to true artificial life forms. Get ready to have your minds and senses blown as the graphic series leave little to the imagination, but always delivers a story you will never forget.

Grade: A+ 

What We Liked

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-The diverse stories that make up this show are amazing and each one is so different you will always find yourself eager to know what is next.

-We like the originality of each series and how so much was compartmentalized into 10 to 30 minutes of action.

 

What We Loved

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-The different styles of animation in each series. Both Western and Eastern influences played a role in their style. Some were reminiscent of the Animatrix (2003), a film made in a similar style to this series but with the overarching theme of the Matrix trilogy movies.

-Our favorite episode of the series was undoubtedly, “Good Hunting.” It centered on the friendship between a Chinese boy and a shape-shifting huli jing (Chinese mythological creatures who can be either good or bad), who rekindle their friendship after years apart in a steampunk Hong-Kong.

-The various genres--sci-fi, cyberpunk, steampunk, folklore, post-apocalyptic, etc. The series really gives you something for nothing.

-The series were graphic and as aforementioned left nothing to the imagination. The human form is fascinating–even when animated.

 

What We Hated

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-There was nothing to hate about this show, we do hope however some of the shorts can become full-fledged series. (“Good Hunting” of course!)

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[VIDEO] Jermaine Dupri Shares Why XSCAPE Really Broke Up on ‘UNCENSORED’ on TV One Inbox

Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross,TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow. Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25 year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross,TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow.

Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25 year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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UNCENSORED dives deep into the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped but sometimes haunted their careers. UNCENSORED resumes for its second season and explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities including actress Tasha Smith, actress/singer Naturi NaughtonGrammy Award-Winning R&B artist Ne-Yo and the reigning king of urban gospel Kirk Franklin.

Viewers will get a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words. Previously featured in this season of UNCENSORED:

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