Old School meets New School in ‘Shaft’

“He thinks he’s the black James Bond.”

It’s a line from the movie that’s actually true when you think about it. While James Bond was the international spy called on to save the world, Shaft became the answer for African-Americans. While he wasn’t out to save the world, the private detective’s small scale missions on the streets of New York were just as important.

While his current assignment remained the same in this sequel, the action could have been executed better.

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‘Shazam!’ is the word the DC Film franchise has needed

Despite his similarities to DC’s boy scout mascot, Shazam! is not one of the most well-known superheros from the world of DC Comics. The only thing I know about Shazam was the mega-watt, All-American smile and the yellow lightning on his red suit with a white cape flying in the background. I didn’t even realize that he had a cheesy ’70s show, when superheroes were considered kids’ stuff and not the bankable franchise it is now.

And when your fictional hero lives the fantasy every child has had at one time about what it would be like to become an actual superhero, well you have audiences in the palm of your hand. Read More »

A twist on the original formula makes ‘Happy Death Day 2 U’ an enjoyable follow-up.

When Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day hit theaters two weeks before Halloween in 2017, I didn’t know what to expect from it. I saw it as a slasher version of Bill Murray’s 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day – minus Bill Murray, of course. What it did have though was a new actress, Jessica Rothe, who put in a starmaking performance. So what could they do for a follow-up with their spin on horror-film final girl trope?

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Friendship, fun, and gut-busting laughs run together in entertaining ‘Tag’

Remember when you and your friends used to ride bikes and run around outside? When adventure was found outside on your pedals or the words ‘You’re It!’ evoked feelings of excitement to find the next person you are going to touch and make them the chaser? As an adult, those days seem long gone, replaced with long work weeks and happy hour sessions.

So a comedy movie about grown men still acting like little boys one month out of the year isn’t a novel concept. This comedic trope has been used too often since the early 2000s. But it’s been a while since this old trope has been executed as perfectly as it is in Tag – possibly the funniest movie of the year so far.

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