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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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Bend & SNAP! “Legally Blonde 3” Set for May 2022 Release Date!

It’s officially the “Perfect Day!” 2020 might have just done its own “bend and snap” with the announcement that “Legally Blonde 3” has been set to debut in May 20, 2022!

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It’s officially the “Perfect Day!” 2020 might have just done its own “bend and snap” with the announcement that “Legally Blonde 3” has been set to debut in May 20, 2022!

via Collider.com

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[Reese] Witherspoon will return as the starring role [of “Elle Woods”] and will produce the film through her Hello Sunshine production company, alongside returning producer Marc Platt. While no director nor other returning cast members have been announced (although Luke Wilson has told us he’s ready for the call), we know that TV comedy writers extraordinaire Dan Goor and Mindy Kaling will be writing the script together.

We are ecstatic about the news of a new sequel for the Legally Blonde franchise! We hope all the cast members will return, especially Jennifer Coolidge. A few ladies from the cast reunited virtually to raise money for a noteworthy cause.

via USA Today

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…the cast of the hit romantic comedy “Legally Blonde” reunited virtually on Tuesday,19 years after the film came out in July 2001, to raise money for World Central Kitchen.

During the event, the panel, which included WitherspoonJennifer CoolidgeSelma Blair and other cast members, reminisced about shooting the movie — and shared some behind-the-scenes secrets about an iconic scene. 

We do, however, hate we have to wait until May 2022 to reunite with Elle ourselves. However, we understand COVID-19 may have played a role in its delay in release. We will keep you posted as more on Legally Blonde 3 becomes available. Now to find something PINK!

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Blumhouse’s “Black Box” is Filled w/ Second Chances!

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Dear Blumhouse, we are forever your fans! Blumhouse is set to release a series of horror films and thrillers–each riveting, thought provoking, and original!

Blumhouse’s latest film, “Black Box,” starring Mamadou Athie and legendary actress, Phylicia Rashad, delves into a experimental technology gone horribly awry.

Phylicia Rashad and Mamadou Athie Black Box Movie

Phylicia Rashad and Mamadou Athie

In the film, Nolan (Athie) is a man who struggling to recover his memory after a tragic accident which also left his wife dead. He is helped through his daily functioning by his kind, but parentified and patient daughter. Wanting to get back to a normal life as a respected journalistic photographer he finds that his brain injuries have affected the quality of his work. After the urging of a friend he goes to see a brilliant doctor, Lilian (Rashad), who through the use of an experimental treatment attempts to restore his memories. The procedure, however, has some frightening side effects as a menacing force in his subconscious attempts to emerge!

This film is eerie and in all actuality highly plausible. We have seen so many times where people who were pronounced brain dead emerged from comas and or traumatic brain injuries whole, but slightly different. The film plays on age old fears of human experimentation and “skin wallking”–all too often experienced and feared in the African-American community. (Think “night doctors,” or how it is a common belief by many medical professionals that Black people feel less pain than other races)

Phylicia Rashad and Mamadou Athie Black Box Movie

We snagged an interview with the film’s star, Mamadou Athie, and he revealed his own takes on “Black Box.” The actor states the film was scary to him in some surprising ways. “Man just to have that happen and not be in control is terrifying…it really just makes you wonder and think like is there technology being developed to do that? How could someone really get out of that? And what about their families? It’s just a lot.”

Mamadou’s role as “Nolan” marks his first time portraying a father on screen. “It was surreal man, especially since I don’t have any children of my own..I feel like it just adds a new layer to the story because Nolan was literally fighting to reclaim what was left of his life–the most important being his daughter…that was just a lot…”

Black Box is the latest entry in the horror/science fiction/thriller genre with a predominantly Black cast. With films like Get Out and Us, and series like Lovecraft Country; more and more diversity is pouring onto the screen. “Traditionally, Black people have just been tokens here and there [in the horror genre] but now we are finding our places in these tales and stories…it really expands the imagination of what Black people can do and also creates more opportunities and roles for people of color…”

We love Black Box and cannot wait for all of you to see it! Be sure to stream the film airing exclusively on Amazon Prime

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[PHOTOS] First Look at Viola Davis & Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom!”

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis).

Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

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Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis).

ma rainey chadwick boseman netflix ma rainey's black bottom

Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

ma rainey chadwick boseman netflix ma rainey's black bottom

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.

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We are really excited to see this biopic on Ma Rainey. She is such a legendary woman! Besides that the cast is stellar. Viola Davis is perhaps the greatest actress of our times and the late and great Chadwick Boseman graces us with his presence in one of his last roles.

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