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THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (2021): The Things I Liked…

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Marvel Entertainment
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Marvel Entertainment

I liked The Falcon and the Winter Soldier immediately, thanks to a tense, action-filled first few minutes. This is precisely what I’d been hoping for from a series about two of the Avengers. Even more so considering my disappointment with the first two episodes of WandaVision (2021). 

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s six-part series is an action/adventure that sees Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) adjusting to the world following the events of Avengers Endgame (2019). And it’s not long before they have to deal with a new, earthly enemy.

My partiality to a beautiful bromance makes it no wonder that the scenes of Mackie and Stan on screen together are my favourite. The moments when they appeared separately or not at all were often engaging too. Nevertheless, ‘fully engaging throughout’ is not how I can best describe The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. There are periods when it feels flat, less urgent, less exciting, and lacking my favourite element of all; the fun action and an adequately speedy pace. 

The other issue I have with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is its main villain, Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman); a character whose story/villainy I just didn’t fully buy.

Overall, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is good but I can’t say that I love it in its entirety. However, I will remember it fondly for the bromance/action. Especially in episode one, towards the end of the fourth episode and much of episode five. Make time if you’re curious.

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THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (2021): Final Trailer Starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan…

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Marvel Entertainment
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Marvel Entertainment

The final trailer for Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s Marvel Studios series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is out at last, and it looks great.

Full disclosure, I like the earlier trailers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. However, it wasn’t until this version that I finally became excited about the series. This trailer embodies more of that Marvel Studios trailer signature that I love so much.

My only hope now is that I enjoy this a lot more than I did WandaVision (2021).

Miki Ishikawa, Adepero Oduye, Desmond Chiam, Shane Berengue, John Gettier and Neal Kodinsky also star.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Release Dates: March 19th, 2021 (US), Disney+…

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OUTSIDE THE WIRE (2021): The Things I Liked…

Outside The Wire (2021), Damson Idris, Netflix
Outside The Wire (2021), Damson Idris, Netflix

The best things about Outside the Wire, an action/sci-fi movie about a drone pilot and android officer’s mission to a deadly militarised zone are the two lead performances. Young Damson Idris (Harp) is a talent indeed, and Anthony Mackie is convincing as android officer Captain Leo.

The action sequences were generally well choreographed. Still, that’s not to say that there aren’t moments when I’d have preferred different camera angles so I could enjoy better views of Captain Leo’s physical movements during the fight sequences.

As fun as the action/combat scenes are, including scenes that featured the robot army, most of the fun action doesn’t happen until we’re well into the second half of the movie.

Even though overall, Outside the Wire isn’t as well-written or exciting as hoped, I enjoyed the dynamic between young Harp and Captain Leo. I wanted to see Harp’s growth, especially following his rookie mistake at the start of the movie. I needed to know if he’d get out alive and how he’d do it.

For me, its a shame that the movie’s focus wasn’t purely about Harp’s journey. Firstly, because Idris is very watchable, but also because the turn that Captain Leo’s story took around the one hour, twenty-minute mark proved the most disappointing. Mainly because it’s so very cliché; while not being written cleverly enough to make the lack of originality less of an issue.

Even with all its issues, I mostly had a good time with Outside the Wire. As such, if you’re especially curious, give director Mikael Håfström’s movie a chance. It’s nowhere near Netflix’s best action/sci-fi movie; to be honest, I can’t think of any good ones right now. But, at the very least I’m glad I didn’t find it as infuriatingly disastrous as Extinction (2018).

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OUTSIDE THE WIRE (2021): New Trailer From Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly…

Outside The Wire (2021), Anthony Mackie, Netflix
Outside The Wire (2021), Anthony Mackie, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Outside the Wire (2021).


Outside the Wire is a new action/sci-fi movie that has next to nothing to do with HBO’s hit series The Wire. Furthermore, one of the key cast members is called Idris. But, Idris is not his first name. Still with me?

Starring Anthony Mackie, Emily Beecham, Damson Idris and Michael Kelly, director Mikael Håfström’s film is about a drone pilot and android officer’s mission to locate a doomsday device in a deadly militarised zone.

I’m in for the artificial intelligence, action sequences, stunt work, and the promising Idris/Mackie dynamic.

Kristina Tonteri-Young, Enzo Cilenti, Bobby Lockwood, Henry Garrett, Velibor Topic, Elliot Edusah, Adam Fielding, Alexandra Szucs, Nick Wittman, Christine Grace Szarko and Louis Boyer also star.

Outside The Wire Release Dates: January 15th, 2021 (US), Netflix…

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THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (2021): New Trailer Starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl…

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Marvel Entertainment
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Marvel Entertainment

Stars of Marvel’s Avengers movies, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are back in new Marvel Entertainment series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

With additional key cast including Wyatt Russell, Emily VanCamp and Daniel Brühl; the show will focus on Mackie and Stan’s Falcon and The Winter Soldier characters. More detail yet to be confirmed. Howver, you can bet that the world is going to need saving.

I’m interested to see whether the series will feel as epic as the movies. I’mean, it’s Marvel, which means at that the very least, it’s going to come incredibly close.

I’m also curious about the Mackie/Stan dynamic. Particularly since it already feels strange knowing that Steve Rogers/Captain American is nowhere in sight.

Desmond Chiam, John Gettier, Miki Ishikawa, Adepero Oduye, Shane Berengue and Neal Kodinsky also star.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Release Dates: March 19th, 2021 (US), Disney+…

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POINT BLANK (2019): The Things I Liked…

Point Blank (2019),Anthony Mackie, Netflix
Point Blank (2019),Anthony Mackie, Netflix

Point Blank, a new Netflix thriller about an emergency room nurse who teams up with an injured murder suspect to save his pregnant wife isn’t a terrible film. Directed by Joe Lynch; starring Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, I admit to having a little more fun while watching Point Blank than I expected to.

In addition to the overall execution of the story being adequate enough for me to watch through to the very end, a key highlight was the comic relief courtesy of Markice Moore’s unexpected character; a gangster boss who just happens to have movie making aspirations. Also, seeing Marcia Gay Harden in a role we don’t often see women play and her doing a great job proved memorable.

Lastly, the onscreen chemistry between Mackie and Grillo is OK. It’s certainly not as ‘sizzling’ as that between Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal in End of Watch (2012); or Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2013’s 2 Guns but those guys are really very special cases; I’m convinced of it.

Watch Point Blank if you’re curious.

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POINT BLANK (2019): New Trailer From Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Marcia Gay Harden, Teyonah Parris…

Point Blank (2019), Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie
Point Blank (2019), Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Point Blank (2019).


Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Marcia Gay Harden and Teyonah Parris are the stars of new Joe Lynch directed action / thriller Point Blank.

In a race against time, rival criminals and renegade cops, an emergency room nurse (Mackie) must team up with an injured murder suspect in order to save his pregnant wife…

I’ll give this a chance because of Mackie, especially. Also Netflix movies seem to slowly be getting better.

I admit that there’s actually one specific point in this trailer that captured my imagination more than anything else – and that’s the gorgeous purple hue of Mackie’s outfit. You can see it from approximately 0:10 into the trailer.

Christian Cooke, Boris McGiver, Ming Wang, Carly Tamborski, Harrison Sheckler, Markice Moore and Lea Hutton Beasmore also star.

Point Blank Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US)…

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IO (2019): New Trailer From Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Danny Huston…

IO (2019), Margaret Qualley
IO (2019), Margaret Qualley

Directed by Jonathan Helpert; Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley and Danny Huston are the stars of IO. 

IO is a new sci-fi movie about one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth. A place where a young scientist has dedicated to find a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather than abandon their planet. Unexpectedly, she begins to question her decision following the arrival of another survivor…

I’m intrigued by the premise and I like Mackie, especially ever since I saw his great work in The Hurt Locker (2008).

Then there’s the fact that the last time I put my trust in Netflix and sat down to watch one of their sci-fi movies, namely Extinction (2018), I found myself wanting. I wish my expectations were higher with this, nevertheless move move forward with hope.

IO Release Dates: January 18th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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