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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has expanded to include a new superhero, or super-heroine, we should say with the addition of Captain Marvel! Captain Marvel is unlike any hero the MCU has introduced us before, and is perhaps the hero needed to turn the tide after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. The film, set in the nineties enters on air force pilot, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). Carol is stubborn, independent, headstrong– and amnesiac– finding herself caught in a war between two intergalactic empires, The blue-skinned humanoids, The Kree, and The Skrulls, a green-skinned race of shape-shifters. Carol, as “Captain Marvel,” must find a way to end the war, master her powers, and in the process piece together her long-lost past.

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Brie Larson as “Captain Marvel”

Captain Marvel is definitely worth watching! It is a superhuman punch for feminism and much needed diversity in the superhero genre. Sure, as Captain Marvel, Carol is very powerful, but her ingenuity, bravery, and determination are all innate traits she possesses–traits needed by all women to blaze their own “marvelous” path in this world. More so, we see different types of heroes in this film from refugees battling terrorism to a single mother risking her life to help her friend and save the world. We even see a future superhero–someone we will tell you about in a later post! You all just be sure to catch Captain Marvel in theaters everywhere this Friday nationwide!

Grade: A-

What We Liked

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-The special effects of this film are truly “interstellar!” From the costumes  and space battles all the way up to how Captain Marvel displayed her powers are Grade A!

-Her buddy relationship with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). The two made quite the dynamic duo!

-The twist in The Skrulls’ story line and backstory. We will not spoil it for you, but we can say nothing is as it seems.

-The Supreme Intelligence’s appearance and abilities. The film did and excellent job of transcribing that entity from the comics to the film.

-The after credits scenes! There are two of them! Captain Marvel will definitely be in Avengers: Endgame!

-The twist on Mar-Vell–we aren’t spoiling that one!

 

What We Loved

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Lashana Lynch and Brie Larson as “Maria Rambeau” and “Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel”

-The girl power in this film! We saw not only a female superhero, but female scientists, rebels, warriors, air force pilots, and even a single mother risking it all to save the planet!

-Carol Danvers’ best friend, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), is a hero in her own right. She and Carol are truly sisters and she has her back so hard that she’s willing to help her fight in space. She’s also a single mother and a dark-skinned Black woman–come thru inclusivity!

-The appearance of Monica Rambeau! (Akira Akbar) Monica is destined to become a superhero as well, and for awhile will use the name, “Captain Marvel,” as well–at least that is what she is in the comics.

-The tribute to Stan Lee at the beginning. RIP to a real superhero.

-The movie pieces together the MCU timeline. If you’re planning to watch the films chronologically, then this film would fall second, nearly fifty years after the first Captain America film.

-The message every woman needs to hear–never give up. Carol refuses to give up no matter the odds or how many times she falls. She has nothing to prove other than she can do it all!

What We Hated

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Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) ..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

-The film begins slow, but we imagine piecing together the backstory of an amnesiac woman with super powers is no easy feat

 

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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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