Amazing Movie & Awesome Cast! Power Rangers (@ThePowerRangers) FOREVER!

Lionsgate knew it had a hit on its hands when it greenlit the reboot for Saban’s Power Rangers movie.

This film plays off our nostalgia for the simpler, cooler time of 1992 when “five teenagers with attitude” were granted amazing powers and even more amazing costumes and vehicles (Zords) to save the world from the evil sorceress, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Flash forward twenty-five years to the rebooted film and Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Zack (Ludy Lin), Billy (RJ Cyler), Trini (Becky G), and Kimberly (Naomi Scott) are still teenagers, but rebels and outcasts as well. We officially have “The Breakfast Club meets super-heroism” in the latest addition of Power Rangers!

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Much of the series is the same. The Power Rangers are still defending Angel Grove, they still have their dino-themed zords (The Tyrannosaurus, Mastodon, Triceratops, Sabertooth Tiger, and Pteradactyl), Zordon, and Alpha 5. However, Rita, Goldar, and the Putty Patrol are bigger, badder, and deadlier than ever. This time around the The Power Rangers are a freshly chosen team of recruits brought together by mischief and happenstance rather than true friendship. Just as they learn of their amazing new powers, Rita Repulsa, a former Ranger a resident villainess, has been reanimated a hungry for the power of The Zeo Crystal; a rock that apparently ceded Earth with the ability to create life. It is up to the Rangers to overcome their own insecurities and teenage angst to stop Rita from retrieving the crystal and destroying all life on Earth.

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“Tale As Old As Time…” Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast” (@beourguest) Is EPIC!

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Disney has truly found itself a new niche with these amazing live action films over the last few years.

Maleficent definitely led the way, but the company’s current live action feature, Beauty and The Beast takes the cake!

This film is nothing short of epic and does an amazing job of adapting the original animated film to a live action format!

The film is based on Belle (Emma Watson), a “funny girl,” and inventor who shares her love for art, learning, and invention with her doting father, Maurice. Belle tires of her “provincial life” in her little village where everything is the same day to day. She longs for adventure and something more than a regular life. Beautiful and intelligent, her attributes earn her the affections of the arrogant and narcissistic village “hero,” Gaston (Luke Evans). However, Belle soon gets more than what she bargained for out of life when she finds her father has been imprisoned by The Beast (Dan Stevens) and selflessly takes his place. Whereas Belle sees herself as his prisoner, she is single-handedly the last best hope The Beast and his servants have to regain their humanity.

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Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning attending #BeOurGuestATL’s screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

A special screening of the film, the #BeOurGuestATL event, was hosted by Rolling Out correspondent, Romeo International, with artist and dancer, Saidah Nairobi; who has performed with mega artists including Beyoncé, Ciara and Usher. Saidah Nairobi recently released her debut single “We Are” available now.

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[VIDEO] You Can’t Help But Love It! The “Hidden” Blessings of “Hidden Figures! (@HiddenFigures)”

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We at Kontrol Magazine love movies–action, romance, horror, sci-fi–you name it! However, there are very few films we would say you HAVE to see and Hidden Figures is definitely one of them!

Hidden Figures is based on a true untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), who are three incredibly intelligent and talented African American women who managed to land jobs at NASA back in the 1960’s when they were often discriminated against for both their race and gender.

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[VIDEO] Interstellar Love–Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt) & Jennifer Lawrence Get Hot, Steamy, & Heroic in “Passengers!” (@PassengersMovie)

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Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are two of Hollywood’s biggest stars and thanks to their new movie, Passengers,  we get to see them together–and in space!

The film centers on a spaceship, The Avalon, traveling from Earth to a new planet to colonize, known as Homestead II. The journey takes 120 years, with the crew and its passengers placed in suspended animation pods. The star  ship seems to transverse the cosmos efficiently and speedily (at 50% the speed of light), until it crosses an asteroid belt, there one of the larger pieces of space debris damages the ship the pod of Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) to open ninety years too soon!

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Jim soon realizes he is alone on the ship, with only a robotic bartender, Arthur (Michael Sheen) to keep him company. After a year he longs more and more for human companionship, eventually opting to awaken Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence). He lies to her, having her believe her pod also malfunctioned. The two grow closer and closer by the day until she learns how and why she truly woke up! Her anger and betrayal have to take a backseat to the Avalon’s impending destruction as the now ex-couple must put their personal issues to the side to save themselves and the 5,000 other people aboard the ship.

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Worth It’s Weight In Oscar Gold, Denzel Washington (@DenzelWN) & Viola Davis (@violadavis) Are Mending “Fences!” (@FencesMovie)

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Anything with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in it is automatically Oscar worthy!

These two veteran actors are walking gold and it truly shows in their latest film, Fences! Based on August Wilson’s play of the same name, the film centers around a sanitation worker in the fifties,Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington), who once dreamed of playing professional baseball, but life had other plans for him. Troy finds himself disillusioned with fife, but is supported by his earthy and doting wife, Rose (Viola Davis).

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Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures.

Throughout the film Troy struggles with racism and his own inner demons as he is haunted by his past and trying to find more out of life in the present. His sons, Lyons (Russell Hornsby) and Cory (Jovan Adepo), serve as reminders of his lost youth, former dreams, and the issues he has had with his own father. Although his family loves, and times fear him, you truly learn this is a film about a man and his family mending “fences” and accepting their right and wrong in what has transpired between them and their lives.

Interestingly, this film is very reminiscent of the play it comes from. Almost word for word, the characters of the film mirror the play. Unlike the confinement of the stage in theater, characters are free to move in films; but here the drama is kept to a handful of places. The world of Fences is small and truly centering on the Maxson family. You get the feeling their drama is as big as the world; and rightfully so, perhaps as Troy’s personality and issues are as big as the screen allows.

You will LOVE this movie, the characters, and its messages of acceptance and forgiveness. Perhaps you will find yourself mending the fences in your life. You can catch Fences in theaters nationwide today!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[VIDEO] Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) & Emma Stone (@EmmaStoneWeb)! You’ll Go “Ga Ga” for “La La Land! (@LaLaLand)”

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La La Land starring actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is a must see for all especially if you’re a diehard fan of musicals.

La La Land captures every classic thing about a musical within the first 10 minutes of the film: dancing, singing, tension, and whimsical illusions.

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The movie opens on a Los Angeles freeway, standstill traffic, and a title card informing the audience that the setting is in winter despite the sunny weather and the rolled down windows. Young adults are trapped in their cars listening to all types of music on the radio that magically collides into one song. And of course, that’s when the real magic begins. Once gets out their car and starts singing and before you know it, it’s a full-on flash mob with people dancing and singing in, out, around, and on top of almost every car on the highway while the director, Damien Chazelle’s, camera is whip-panning around creating the illusion that this sudden outburst of talent is being done simultaneously and seamlessly.

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[WATCH IT HERE/VIDEO] “Let Me In!” Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) Stars in Short Film Tackles Refugee Crises in Honor of World Humanitarian Day!

Unknown to many of us, today is World Humanitarian Day, where we should be stopping to donate our time and energy towards a cause to better the human condition. Singer and songwriter, Alicia Keys, is doing her part as she addresses the problems refugees face around the world. Many people do not know there are more refugees at this time in history than there have ever been before. Be it war, famine, disease, political discord–people are being ran from their homes like never before!

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Alicia stars in Let Me In a short film that shows the persepective of refugees by fictionally showing herself as a single mother of two, fleeing Los Angeles with her children from war torn Southern California. Check out the  truly thought provoking film below:

“I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” said Alicia. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”

This short film really put things in perspective for us. As Americans many of us have never been displaced, let alone had to flee for our lives from war. When you are the country people are coming to for aide it is easy to see these refugees as a nuisance, danger, or burden. Instead we should be seeing them as people, and as this film states, demand our governments act with love. Be sure you do your part on World Humanitarian Day by donating your time or funds to a worthy cause; and spread this film and its message to the masses!

Written By: Michael J. Fanning

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