Tag Archives: Gabrielle Union

BREAKING IN (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Breaking In (2018), Gabrielle Union
Breaking In (2018), Gabrielle Union

Breaking In, a movie about a determined mother working hard to outsmart four criminals during a home invasion is one I tuned in to to be entertained / thrilled – and entertained I was, to a degree. I like the film’s star Gabriele Union so I enjoyed watching her act but overall, Breaking In is definitely not the best of its genre.

Director James McTeigue’s film is missing ‘the memorable’ element and the line ‘You picked the wrong house’ absolutely doesn’t count. Even though the film did enough to keep me watching till the end, there are really no scenes so thrilling that they stick out.

Aside from the satisfaction from seeing the bad guys lose because who doesn’t want that…? My favourite thing about Breaking In is that it cements my decision to avoid ever living in a house far bigger than I could ever need. Compared to Halle Berry’s Kidnap (2017), I’d say Breaking In is better, mostly because the lead actor’s acting and dialogue is more convincing.

Watch it if you like Union or any of the other cast enough. Or perhaps you just want to see how the story plays out.

Happy Film loving

G

BREAKING IN (2018): New Trailer From Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral…

Breaking In (2018), Gabrielle Union
Breaking In (2018), Gabrielle Union

Directed by James McTeigue; starring Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke and Richard Cabralhe, Breaking In is the story of a mother who must fight to protect her family during a home invasion…

I have to learn precisely how Union’s character manages to outsmart the criminals. I also want this movie to be better than Halle Berry’s Kidnap (2017). And there’s really only one way to find out if it is.

Ajiona Alexus, Jason George and Seth Carr also star.

Breaking In Release Dates: May 11th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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ALMOST CHRISTMAS (2016): The Things I Liked…

Almost Christmas (2016), Mo'Nique, D.C. Young Fly
Almost Christmas (2016), Mo’Nique, D.C. Young Fly

At the heart of David E. Talbert’s Almost Christmas is a dysfunctional family who haven’t all fully dealt with the recent passing of their mother. Starring Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover and more, the dysfunction, laughter and mayhem begins when the family comes together for their first thanksgiving without their matriarch.

I wouldn’t call Almost Christmas a terrible movie but I don’t think it’s great either. As well as having some memorable scenes and lines, the film also has a few character story executions that I, as an avid moviegoer have seen far too many times before. Therefore, the complete lack of refreshing newness in these moments just makes them seem like a less than great filler to bulk out the movie instead of all that they could have been .

The answer to the question of what the best thing about Almost Christmas is is simple; Mo’Nique. Her character is fun and probably has the best lines. My favourite of her lines being the one that starts with ‘You, you dumb…!’ Talk about skilled delivery and excellent comic timing! There’s also the great scene at the dinner table just before the above line when the penny starts to slowly drop leading up to everyone finally getting to meet ‘grandma Cheryl’.

Almost Christmas is a movie you watch if you’re curious enough. You will remember the great scenes but you may sense that it could have been better. I  like how the movie reminded me of something I wish everyone would remember always – and that’s the fact that not everybody’s ‘happily ever after’ looks the same – nor should it.

Happy Film Loving

G

SLEEPLESS (2017): New Trailer From Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Gabrielle Union…

Sleepless (2017), Jamie Foxx
Sleepless (2017), Jamie Foxx

In Sleepless, Jamie Foxx is a cop with criminal underworld connections and in search of his kidnapped son…

It’s a given that every movie that stars a parent searching for their kidnapped child will always make me think of Liam Neeson’s Taken (2008) – because it’s a great movie and one of my favourite movie experiences of all time. So much so that I kind wish that I had’t seen it yet so I could be thrilled afresh. I hope Sleepless is great.

Sleepless Release Dates: February 24th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

THE BIRTH OF A NATION (2016): New Trailer From Nate Parker, Armie Hammer & Aja Naomi King

The Birth Of A Nation (2016), Nate Parker
The Birth Of A Nation (2016), Nate Parker

Starring, written and directed by Nate Parker, The Birth Of A Nation tells the true story of Nat Turner, a former slave in America who leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

Dear film lover / cinephile, I do believe that a powerful story awaits us.

Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller, Aja Naomi King and Colman Domingo and also star.

The Birth Of A Nation Release Dates: October 7th, 2016 (US); January 20th, 2017 (UK); January 19th 2017 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

ALMOST CHRISTMAS (2016): New Trailer From Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Omar Epps & Kimberly Elise

Almost Christmas (2016), Romany Malco, Danny Glover, kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker
Almost Christmas (2016), Romany Malco, Danny Glover, kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker

It’s definitely too early for ‘seasons greetings’ but apparently it’s the right time for a Christmas / Thanksgiving movie trailer.

Almost Christmas is the latest film directed by David E. Talbert and it stars Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise Mo’Nique and Danny Glover among others. The movie is a comedy that centres  around a large dysfunctional family and their first Thanksgiving after their mother passes…

The word dysfunctional is what got my attention. The level of outrageous present in this trailer also appeals. I just hope that I’m not as disappointed as I was with Talbert’s previous release, Baggage Claim (2013). The trailer for that movie wasn’t good, so I should have known. But this one does look promising.

Other key cast includes J.B. Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker, Romany Malco, Omar Epps and Jessie Usher.

Almost Christmas Release Dates: November 11th, 2016 (US); November 25th (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

TOP FIVE (2014): Chris Rock. Funny, Current And Real, Like Always

Top Five (2014), Rosario Dawson, Sherri Shepherd
Top Five (2014), Rosario Dawson, Sherri Shepherd

The Chris Rock written and directed Top Five is for everyone who had been missing the comic’s famous humour – as well as all fans of the funny.

Top Five is certainly not a stand up comedy set in the traditional sense – and the story keeps getting more and more interesting as it all unfolds.

Top Five (2014), Tracy Morgan
Top Five (2014), Tracy Morgan

You’ll also find several very welcome cameos. I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll say no more about that. Don’t look up who, allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised.

Rosario Dawson, Dawson, Gabrielle Union, J.B. Smoove and Tracy Morgan also star.

Happy Top Five 🙂

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