Sleight of Rap Last Knight

Posted by KC | 7/12/2017 09:59:00 AM | 0 comments »



SLEIGHT
CRIME DRAMA/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Young black man trying to support younger sister sells drugs.

                OMG, this is not your typical superhero movie.  It is about Bo (Jacob Latimore, Maze Runner, Ride Along) a smart student who takes cares for his sister.  He does magic tricks on the streets but sells drugs to make a living.  He wants to get out of the business especially when he has a steady girlfriend but his boss Angelo (Dule Hill West Wing, Psych) won’t let him. 

Actor Hill is vicious as his employer who always wants to be obeyed and respected. Bo is moving up but he has to do worst than sell.  He really does have superpowers but you don’t see that until the end. It is a strange but delightful mix of drug drama and science fiction.  The shocking part they didn’t advertise this film very much which is strange since WWE Studios the wrestling company produced it. It is low-budget and the hero is African American.  It gives you a taste until the big budget movie Black Panther comes along.  It is worth watching.


TRANSFORMERS:  THE LAST NIGHT
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Optimus Prime turns evil to bring Cypertron back with a mystical object.

                Humans and robots are at war and Optimus turns bad and must retrieve an ancient relic to bring back his planet even if earth is destroyed in the process.  Story not the important part in the fifth film of the series. The action and the special effects are.  The ending is amazing.  I enjoy the franchise but not like I used to.  Optimus is not the movie most of the time. The most is of course the ending.  He is the leader of the Autobots and he is good.  Small spoiler he does let loose when he is bad.  They need to really let him have an evil opponent to he can go full destruction!  If you enjoy this series you like this one.

ALL EYEZ ON ME
BIOGRAPHY/DRAMA

PLOT:  The incredible short life of rapper, actor, poet Tupac Shakur.

                Tupac (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) wanted to be more than a rapper; he wanted to change the world with his music.  It is a rags to riches story-gangster style.  It is not as good as Straight Outta Compton but it is not bad. Newcomer Shipp portrayal as Tupac is very good, Danai Gurira (Miichonne, Walking Dead) who plays his mother, Afeni Shakur is excellent!  Also outstanding is Dominic L. Santana as ruthless, rich producer Surge Knight.  The movie isn’t doing as well as many thought it would maybe because of some parts might be false but I hope it makes you want to read about this rapper who did so much in his life before gunned downed at 25.



Curse of the Baywatch Mummy

Posted by KC | 6/17/2017 10:31:00 PM | 0 comments »


THE MUMMY
ACTION/ADVENTURE

                PLOT:  Treasure hunter finds an evil princess who wants to destroy the world.

                                Nick (Tom Cruise) is ex-military finds a tomb that belongs to Ahmant (Sofia Boutella, Star Trek Beyond, Kingsman: Secret Service) a wicked being who wants to conquer the world or destroy it.  She also picked Nick to be her lover. The movie is the (hopefully) beginning of Dark Universe from Universal, a movie company known for monsters and creatures.  The movie is a popcorn movie!  It is not Oscar winning cinema so why treat it as such.  It is not a reboot of the Mummy franchise with Brendan Frasier.  It is a good movie for a summer flick.  It is not doing well in the U.S. but better overseas.  If you like Mummy films in general you should see this; if not just wait. 

BAYWATCH
ACTION/COMEDY

PLOT:  Reboot of the TV series of the same name.

                When you watch this movie you MUST do suspension of disbelief.  If you like the series you will like this but it has curse words and crude, sexual humor.  If you can deal with that then you will enjoy this film.  The women are beautiful and Dwayne”The Rock” Johnson and Zac  Efron are hulks.  The villainess of the movie is Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) and she is pretty good at being bad.  The film is doing terrible in America but very well overseas.  If you can deal what I wrote before go see it but if you can’t –wait.  I believe it will do better on video. 

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT
THRILLER/SCI-FI

PLOT:  A sick social experiment where people in an isolated office building have to kill or be killed.

                This is the office version of Battle Royale, where teens have to kill each other or be assassinated.  It is a B-movie but it has stars you have seen before like Tony Goldwyn (TV show Scandal), John C. McGinley (TV show Stan Against Evil), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).  The film came out at the wrong time!  It is a bloody, violent movie about human nature must survive no matter the cost!  It is a fascinating downer and I hope that it does better on-demand, video and streaming for it is worth a viewing.


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Same-o Prequels, Sequels, and Films of Wonder

Posted by KC | 6/06/2017 04:07:00 AM | 0 comments »


ALIEN CONVENANT
SCI-FI/ACTION

PLOT:  The sequel to the prequel of Prometheus!

                                I know it sounds crazy but it is correct; this is the sequel of Prometheus before Alien 1979.  Covenant means coming together and it is also the name of the spaceship in the film.  A group of astronauts are off course by an unexpected blast and they are awakening too soon and they discover a perfect planet until they find out the planet is not so perfect.  The “covenant” coming together is how the “Aliens” disturbing origin began.  The creatures have many other ways to invade the human body and it is nasty!  Ridley Scott directed both movies and Alien 1979 and it is very well made.  The director is making a third prequel.  How many prequels can you do?  It is not doing well in the US maybe no one has ever heard of so many prequels and sequels for one movie!  If you like the Alien franchise you should see this movie; if not wait until cable. 

WONDER WOMAN
ACTION/FANTASY

                PLOT: The origin of the most famous Amazon ever.

                                Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious movies) is Diana an Amazon living and training in beautiful island in Themyscira when Steve Trevor (Chris Pine, recent Star Trek movies) washes ashore.  She finds out there is war outside her world and decides to help Steve.  Basically you know the story of Wonder Woman but it is on the big screen with a female superhero.  Gadot is very good as Wonder Woman.  What she lacks in size she is very intense!  The fight scenes are slow-motion but AMAZING.  The villains are not great but not dull either only for they did not have much to do.  It is also directed by a woman Patty Jenkins whose last film was Monster in 2003. Much is riding on this blockbuster because if it fails-wait a looong time for female lead superhero. 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5:  DEAD MAN TELL NO TALES
ACTION/ADVENTURE/FANTASY
  
                PLOT:  The further tales of Jack Sparrow.

                                 Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) has a past and his name is Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem,(No Country for Old Men, Skyfall) who kill all the ships at sea until he finds a mythical object to break the spell.  At least it is better than then last one.  It has all you expect in these kinds of movies.  Bardem is just amazing as the evil Captain Salazar.  He is a great actor but he plays a bad guy he gives the character depth but you still dislike him!  HIGHLIGHT:  Rotting  zombie sharks!!  If you like this movie series you should see this installment.


The Summer of Sequel and Remake Overload?

Posted by KC | 5/22/2017 11:50:00 PM | 0 comments »


SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE
ANIMATED

PLOT:    Four Smurfs find a map where there are even more Smurfs and try to save them from the evil
                Gargamel.

                This movie is all animated-no live action but it is still delightful.  Smurfette still feels alone for she still is the only girl but they discover there are more Smurfs beyond the gray wall-even girl Smurfs.  The voices are different actors that include singer Demi Lovato (Smurfette), Joe Manganiello (Hefty), Brainy (Danny Pudi) and Clumsy (Jack McBrayer).  The evil Gargamel is voiced by Rainn Wilson.  The real surprise Julia Roberts does the voice of SmurfWilliow.  It is very cute and imaginative if you like the characters, if not wait for video.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
ACTION/FANTASY

PLOT:  The further adventures of Star-Lord and his crew.

                Peter Quill/Star-Lord(Chris Pratt) finds out by accident about his father Ego(Kurt Russell): Gamora (Zoe Saldana) finds out why her sister competes with her; Groot is growing; Rocket is still a thief and Drax (Dave Bautista) is not so angry like in the last movie.  The special effects are just amazing; there are some surprising cameos and 5 post credits so stay until it is over.  If you like the first film you will enjoy the second.  It is much lighter than the original but it does get sober near the end.  A good popcorn movie to start the summer.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
ACTION/ADVENTURE/FANTASY

PLOT:  A unique version of King Arthur.

                If you see this movie forget about Disney’s The Sword and the Stone-it isn’t!  It doesn’t have Merlin or Morgana either.  It is a gritty, realistic mixture of Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and every other fantasy film you have seen.  Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) is the title character who as child saw his parents die and survived by being a thief.  He finds out he is the true king but doesn’t want the title and what comes with it.

Astrid Berges-Frisbey is the Mage, a magical woman to guide him to his true purpose in life.  Hunnam is good as commoner turned king.  The best acting comes from Jude Law as Vortigen, the guy who took the kingdom from his brother.  The film is doing terrible in the US and overseas because it is not really a popcorn movie for the summer.  It is not any version most people know or it has been done so many times most people don’t want to see another tale of King Arthur.

Fantasies for Kids of All Ages

Posted by KC | 4/20/2017 09:21:00 AM | 0 comments »


GHOST IN THE SHELL
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  In the future a young woman has a human brain but a cyborg body.

                Major Mia Killian (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind; her body robotic but has a human mind.  She is trained to be a weapon but also wants to know her past.  The live-action movie is based on the anime series of the same name.  Johansson actually looks like Major but many fans of the series wished they considered an Asian for the part.  There are many Asians actress but Hollywood prefers to go with a box-office star rather to have the ethnicity correct.  She was good as the rest of the cast and it is very sober.

BOSS BABY
ANIMATED

PLOT:  A young kid and his baby brother in a suit must take out an evil guy to stop parents from loving their babies.

                An adorable baby in a black business suit pretends he is Tim’s baby brother while investigates his parents who works at Puppyco, a  toy company to make the ultimate toy puppy that will make all parents all over the world to love the puppy more than their own babies.  It sounds incredible but is very good and imaginative.  Alec Baldwin is simply great as the “baby” who is all business and nothing else.  It is delightful storytelling and very recommended.

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS 8
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Dom Tretto goes rouge!

                Dom (Vin Diesel) is on his honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) when a mysterious woman named Cipher (Charlize Theron) forces Dom to work for her.  Here’s a big hint:  It is about family he doesn’t know about.  It is a fun popcorn movie in April.  It is incredible how the beginning of the franchise they were just race car drivers to minority Mission Impossible!  If you like the movie series up till now go see it; if not don’t.



Fantasy Reboots and Rebooted Aliens

Posted by KC | 4/11/2017 10:40:00 AM | 0 comments »


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
FANTASY/MUSICAL 

PLOT:  A live action remake of the classic animation of 1991

                Disney has stuck gold twice with the same movie.  Belle (Emma Watson, Harry Potter series) is a lover of books and through a series of events Belle must stay with the Beast.  They hate each other at first then begin to care for each other.  There are a few changes from the musical animation but it is good just as well.
The bad guy Gaston (Luke Evans) is very good playing a vain, macho creep.  If you enjoyed the animated film you will enjoy this as well. 

POWER RANGERS
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Five high school loners become superheroes.

                The original Mighty Morphing Power Rangers were very popular in the 90s and this is the reboot of the series and movie.  Instead of nice kids they are loners and outsiders who become friends become then superheroes and most important of all become a team to save the world.  Most of the cast are newcomers.  The two that are not are Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla 2014) as Zordan their leader and Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games) as  Rita Repulsa.  She is a comic villainess and she is very good. The special effects are amazing.  It is like the Power Rangers in the 90s, fun but forgettable. 

LIFE
SCI-FI/HORROR/THRILLER

PLOT:    Astronauts bring back a specimen from Mars.

                Six astronauts that includes Jake Gyllenhaal (South Paw), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation) who retrieves a sample from Mars.   Bad idea.  At first it is cute (it is shaped like a leech to me) then it grows into a blob-shaped octopus slithering over objects and killing the crew.  It is your typical don’t-bring-back-things-from-other planets scenio.  Nothing really stands out but the special effects and the eerie music.  It maybe a sequel but I really doubt it and when you watch the movie you can see why.  It will be better on video.


The Spring Blockbusters Cometh

Posted by KC | 3/20/2017 08:27:00 AM | 0 comments »


GET OUT
HORROR/THRILLER

PLOT:    Successful black male meets his white girlfriend’s parents with scary results.
               
                Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Johnny English Reborn) is very much in love with Rose (Allison Williams, Girls HBO series) a pretty white woman.  They are getting serious and Rose wants him to meet her parents.  He is nervous for her folks doesn’t know he is African-American.  He goes anyway even when his good friend Rod (LilRel Howery, a stand-up comic) advises him not to go.  Big mistake for he starts seeing things that are very unsettling with the black maid and gardener.  He finally finds out what is going on and it is frightening!  Some people think it is slow because it is building to a creepy climax. There is a lot going on in this film. All the actors are great-especially Howery who is much needed comic relief and director Jordon Peele (part of Key and Peele-the one with the glasses who does skit comedy on Comedy Central) does a great job.
                                                                                                                                             
LOGAN
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  The final chapter of Wolverine.

                Logan (Hugh Jackman) is older and the adamantium is killing him yet he takes a job as a chauffeur and takes care of an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart).  A mysterious woman begs him to take a young girl Laura (Dafne Keen) to the Canadian border and they are endless hunted by the military to get the Laura back.  OMG!  This is not a POPCORN MOVIE!  There is humor but it is bloody, dark and grim.  It is a slow pace but when there is action it is a messy.  It is rated R for a very good reason.  Jackman is good for he can be human and horrifying too.  Keen mostly has a scowl on her face and when you watch the movie you will know why.  See it if you like Wolverine for Hugh Jackman says it’s his last(?).  If he did he ended it on a high but sad note.

KONG SKULL ISLAND
ACTION/ADVENTURE/SCI-FI

PLOT:    In 1973 scientists and military go to an island that doesn’t exit and finds monsters.

                First, let me say King Kong is not my favorite giant monster until I saw this movie!  He is seen more than my favorite giant monster Godzilla 2014.  King Kong in 1933 is 25 feet, this one is 100 feet.  The people are expendable but they do what they can.  No one is going to see this epic movie for acting.  The monster action is AMAZING and the finale is FANTASTIC!!!  If the upcoming film Godzilla Vs King Kong is as good as this-shut up and take my money!  Giant monsters fans REJOICE!.  Stay for the extra footage.


More Thrillers, Or Thrillingly Silly

Posted by KC | 3/06/2017 09:45:00 AM | 0 comments »


THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
                                                                        ANIMATED                 

PLOT:  Batman as a Lego character.

                Batman (Will Arnett, Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles) loves being the lonely, anti-hero but he realizes he needs a team that’s like family to stop the evil Joker ( Zach Galifinakis) to from destroying Gotham City.  This movie is funny and shows Batman from the 60’s to now in funny ways. It has villains even from other movies. Arnett’s Batman is just great as the rest of the cast that includes Robin (Michael Cera), Batgirl (Rosario Dawson).  Kids and adults will enjoy this movie.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
ACTION

PLOT:  John Wick tries to retire again.

                John Wick (Keanu Reeves) wants to lead the quite life with his new dog, new home but an old friend needs his services so he has to kill a lot of people when there is a hit on him.  Story not a point in a movie like this but body count is.  The film is stylish and bloody.  There is a fight scene between Reeves and rapper Common that will become a classic.  Will there be a Chapter 3?  Only the fans can decide.  Action hounds your movie is HERE!

SLEEPLESS
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:  Jamie Fox plays a cop. 
            
Jamie Fox plays Vincent a policeman who may or not be crooked.  He steals drugs from the top gangster and they retaliate by kidnapping his teenage son in front of him.  The movie was in theaters for a hot minute but is very good.  You as well as Fox don’t know what cops or federal agents to trust until the very end.  The action is good and the thrills are better.  You should see this if you are a Jamie Fox fan or action fan.

Darker Shades of Thriller

Posted by KC | 2/17/2017 04:42:00 PM | 0 comments »


RESIDENT EVIL:  THE FINAL CHAPTER
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Alice must save the world again!

                Alice (Mia Jovovich) takes on zombies and tries to save earth from a man-made apocalypse by Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen).  The film is what you expect from the franchise-action packed, lots of the undead and a few monsters.  Jovovich is just an action babe!  Acting not really a requirement for films like these but she is intense and can handle herself with man or monster. If you like this movie series you will enjoy it but it may not be the last-wink, wink!

SPLIT
THRILLER

PLOT:  A mental ill man has 23 different personalities.

                Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McIvor) is his real name but the man has a problem.  He has 22 other characters inside of him.  One of them kidnaps three girls and isolated them and the young women try to escape.  Many people have seen movies with one person with many but not like this!  McIvor is just brilliant-if not for him it wouldn’t be good and the director M. Knight Shyamalan who did The Sixth Sense which I liked.  He directed many other movies but this is very good.  Minor spoiler –there is a “twist” in the film and a guest star action fans know.  It is a psychological thriller not Jason in Friday the 13th so don’t expect many killings but if you want to see something different this is it!

FIFTY SHADES DARKER
EROTIC ROMANCE

PLOT: The further adventure of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.

                Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) couldn’t take Christian (Jamie Dorman) kinky fetishes so she leave him. Christian is used to getting what he wants so he pursues Ana.  She still wants him and gives him another chance but one of his ex-submissive (?) Leila (Bella Heathcote) is stalking Ana and the woman who got him into bondage Elena Lincoln (still sexy Kim Basinger) dislikes her. OMG!  At least it is funny.  

 Let me tell you how it goes:  funny, boring, sex scene repeat a few times, suspense, the end.  There is much talent in this movie from the stars to the director but again at least it’s funny.  This is not a critic movie, it’s a guilty pleasure.  African-Americans have Madea franchise, teens had Twilight Saga and young women have this!  It’s a girl’s night out movie with drinks provided!  


The Annual Black History Month Movies

Posted by KC | 1/27/2017 11:03:00 AM | 0 comments »


MOONLIGHT 
DRAMA
                                                                                                                  
PLOT:  A black young boy grows up in a ghetto neighborhood.

                The movie is broken down into three parts first chapter, when Chiron is a young boy and is bullied because he is little and has to deal with his drug addict mother.  Second chapter, he is a teen and realizes he is not straight but still shy and still bullied.  Third chapter he is a well-built, chain-wearing gangster who is still has gay feelings.  The acting is amazing!  Most of the actors are unknown except for Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage, Hidden Figures), Naomie Harris (Monypenny in the latest James Bond movies) and Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures).  The film ask the  question is how tough it is to be a man, then a black man and on top of that being a gay black man.

HIDDEN FIGURES-2017
HISTORICAL DRAMA

PLOT:  The true story of three African American women who assisted NASA with the space missions in the 60s.

                All the science ladies Katherine G Johnson (Tarji Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) are brilliant mathematicians who help NASA get astronaut John Glenn into space.  It is a feel good movie with black women in the leads overcoming racism and sexism.  It is also a chick flick, true story with lots of humor and heart.  The movie is worth watching to see African American women than the usual stereotypes and all the acting is very, very good. 

FENCES - 2016
DRAMA

PLOT: The movie adaption of the play of the same name by August Wilson.

                Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) works as a garbage collector in the fifties.  His dream was to be a baseball player but he got too old to play.  He is married to his loyal wife Rose (Viola Davis) who deals with his drinking and plays ref between him and his son who wanted to play football.    It was rumored that Eddie Murphy in the 90’s when he was popular.  It was worth the wait for ALL the performances were excellent.  Not only did Washington star in the film he directed as well.

Songs of Spies and Assassins

Posted by KC | 1/18/2017 07:23:00 PM | 0 comments »


SING
ANIMATION

PLOT:  Talking animals enter a singing contest with hilarious results.
                                                                                                                                   
         Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) owns a theater and he has hit hard times so he decides to have a singing contest like American Idol and the lucky ones have problems of their own. The voice cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson. It is a great musical, the characters are cute and it is funny and heartfelt.  A MUST for all ages. 

ALLIED
ROMANTIC/ THRILLER

PLOT:  Two spies fall in love but should they.

      Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) is an agent for the US and he goes to Casablanca to meet another spy, French Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) in World War II.  They pretend to be married to assassinate an important German Ambassador.  They really do fall in love and Max takes her back to the states to marry and they have a child. He finds out something that can tear their family apart.  The film is very slow and sober and when there is action it is brief but intense.  The two leads are good.  It wasn’t promoted very much because of Brad Pitt’s messy divorce so if you blink you would miss it.  If you like old-fashion romance suspense you will like it. 

ASSASSIN'S CREED
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  Another popular video game made into a film.
     
      Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is a criminal and drifter.  Assuming he died but transferred in a facility that has a device, Amimus that regress memories and in his past life he is Agular who is in a secret society that protects The Apple of Eden which eliminates free will.  Whew!  Are you still with me?  The best part of the movie is the action which is fast and furious. If you play video games you may not like it but for those who don’t play the games might not like it either for there is a lot of material that is hard to believe.  Video games to movies must be hard to make for so many fail at the box office.  Many fans thought this movie would be a financial and fans would enjoy it but not this one.