Directed by Tim Story, Shaft is the latest crime / action movie starring once again Samuel L. Jackson as New York City police detective John Shaft.
Shaft’s son John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher) is in town to enlist his father’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death.
I don’t remember seeing the Shaft movies that came before this new instalment. All I know is that so far, I like the humour. Especially Shaft’s response to his son’s reference to James Bond: ”If that dude was real, he’d think he was me.‘
I was looking forward to Support The Girlsas a fan of Regina Hall and an enthusiast of movies that show beautiful, healthy sisterly bonds. Having made it to the end of writer / directer Andrew Bujalski’s movie, I’m still a fan of Hall who performed well. Nevertheless, I found this movie quite awkward.
Hall plays the general manager of a highway-side sports bar. Through the course of one day, her incurable optimism and faith in herself, her customers and her team – which features some peculiar characters is tested.
Soon after hitting play, the pace of Support The Girls started to dull my initial excitement. The film seemed to move slowly and part of the problem is that I found myself very often wondering what exactly was going on.
In the end I could appreciate and identify with Hall’s character’s need to take care of her team. Particularly as, situations where women are taking care of each other, especially when confronted by toxic masculinity always warm my heart. Unfortunately, this movie’s rhythm just never quite synchronised with mine.
As for the ‘comedy’ categorisation, I don”t recall laughing, though I may have smiled a few times.
Even though I didn’t love it, there are definitely people who really had a good time watching Support The Girls, so maybe you’ll be one of them. Watch it if you’re curious enough.
Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Brooklyn Decker, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka and Lea DeLaria also star.
In the Andrew Bujalski written / directed comedy, Support The Girls, Regina Hall is Lisa, the general manager of a highway-side ‘sports bar with curves.’
The story is set over the course of a long strange day that tests Lisa’s incurable optimism and faith in her girls, her customers, and herself. Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Brooklyn Decker, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka and Lea DeLaria co-star…
I’m in for the love and sisterhood between the ladies. I’m also quite happy to see Hall in a promising leading role. I’ve been a fan ever since her ‘Candy’ character in The Best Man (1999).
In new crime / drama The Hate You Give, Amandla Stenberg stars as young Starr, a teenager who witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend at the hands of a police officer. A tragic event that forces her to find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
Directed by George Tillman Jr., key cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Regina Hall, K.J. Apa, Common, Russell Hornsby…
I’m very interested in watching Starr’s journey from relatively carefree teenager to community leader. Such a timely story – The Hate You Give is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Angie Thomas.
The film’s main stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish all got to shine in their respective roles. However, as everyone has been saying, it is indeed Haddish who absolutely stole the show with her loyal and rather ‘out there’ character – thanks no doubt to her impressive comic timing and delivery.
Girls Trip features a healthy amount of outrageous fun to keep you engaged. As hilarious as it all was, what I loved most about this movie is the way the story of love and general sisterhood between the four friends is handled. A sisterhood enriched with a certain level of realism, particularly in regards to the relationship between Latifah and Hall’s characters, that I wasn’t expecting.
I liked that New Orleans was the setting for this story, if only because it reminded me that I need to make it to that place on day. The setting and the music also had me thinking of Chef (2014), a movie I love and recommend, not just because part of it is also set in New Orleans.
Watch Girls Trip because there’s truth in all the positive feedback.
Naked is another movie that’s inspired by Groundhog Day (1993). Except this time, instead of a weatherman, a future groom is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he learns what he’s supposed to learn to become a better person.
Directed by Michael Tiddes, part of my issue with Naked is that Marlon Wayans’s character just wasn’t trying hard enough to make it to the wedding. Some of the movie felt quite silly and sadly not as smart as such a story ought to be. Wayans’s character ended up being too over the top in pats to be amusing. I’ve basically concluded that I’ll probably have to stick to a younger me’s memories of Senseless (1998), one of the fewWayans performances I really enjoyed. There’s also the Scream parody films Scary Movie too, I think.
This year alone I’ve seen 3 movies all for the first time and about characters re-living the same day over and over again. There are a few well executed moments in Naked but not enough to make this movie the kind I recommend.
Watch it if you must, but only if you simply must.
Starring Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall and Dennis Haysbert , Naked is all about a soon to be groom who is nervous about his big day and is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he gets things right on his wedding day…
Directed by Michael Tiddes, I want to see this one because I have fond memories of Marlon Wayans after watching Senseless (1998) in my early youth. I also actually like this trailer. It seems to get more and more amusing with each viewing. The magic is in the way he gives up.
Loretta Devine, Cory Hardrict and Dave Sheridan also star.
Girls Trip is the latest movie from Malcolm D. Lee; writer and director of two good movies The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013). Starring Jada Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip is the story of a road trip with four childhood best friends where, (according to the original Rotten Tomatoes’ synopsis) at some point a betrayal is revealed…
Trailer 1 (Redband)
Now that there may not be a a betrayal story after all,I’m still looking forward to finding out just how different this will be compared to The Best Man. Whatever the similarities and differences, I’m sure that Girls Trip will be good because The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013)were very well done.