Starring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, Girls Trip is a raucous, foul-mouthed yet warm-hearted comedy about four friends reconnecting with their wild younger days.
Director Malcolm D Lee wanted Girls Trip to counteract the sometimes negative stereotypes of black women cat-fighting their way through reality shows like Love & Hip Hop and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Throughout Girls Trip, there’s a genuine warmth underlying the crudeness and a chemistry between the women, the kind that is often absent from films pushing long-time best friends on us.
A wide-releasing comedy focused on four black women in their 40s is remarkably uncommon, but this infectious, crowd-pleasing concoction deserves to make a big enough impression that going forward we see more movies that give women actors a more level playing field, especially black women… read more
The war epic, Dunkirk has movie buffs on the edge of their seat in anticipation of the first screenings. The film shows the extraordinary, harrowing Operation Dynamo, which saw the Allied troops escape from the iron clasp of the Nazis as May crossed over to June, 1940. The situation had looked hopeless, dubbed by Churchill as ‘a colossal military disaster’, but extraordinary spirit, grit and the luck of German mistakes meant a staggering 338,226 troops were rescued from the beaches as they held off attacks from several German divisions. A fleet of 800 boats helped, not merely of warships but of anything that could make it across the Channel and back, including Tamzine, a fishing boat just 14ft long.
Dunkirk has a blockbuster cast with Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and the acting debut of ex-One Direction star, Harry Styles. While director Christopher Nolan wasn’t aware of Style’s popularity, we’re sure that One Direction fans will be along to cinemas in droves to see him in action.
Read more about the caste and first reactions after the premiere screenings…
Have you seen the amazing new Spiderman movie, Spiderman: Homecoming yet? Wondering who is the voice inside Peter Parker’s suit?
In quite a change from previous Spiderman movies, homemade sweaters are gone, replaced by a suit fit for a superhero – and this Stark Superhero suit talks!
At one point, a strong female voice begins talking to Peter, offering him up — sometimes unnecessary — Stark upgrades, such as hundreds of web shooter combinations, an enhanced interrogation mode and an instant kill function.
At first, Peter just calls her “Suit Lady,” but at one point asks her name, which she offers up as Karen.
Karen is voiced by Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly… Read more
War for the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise, is receiving rave reviews from critics in advance of its July 14 release. As of Friday, the film boasted a 96% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes (48 positive reviews to just two negative ones).
War for the Planet of the Apes is a summer blockbuster that treats its audience as primates of a higher order. As War for the Planet of the Apes opens, Caesar and his cohorts defend their forest world against a battalion of human intruders. They’re able to corner this particular group of soldiers, though instead of killing them, they send the troops back alive to their colonel, as a message of peace. But the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a war-hardened loon with rogue ambitions of his own, will have none of it. He unleashes more violence against the peaceful apes, who are simply trying to rebuild their war-torn home. Caesar realizes he must fight back, though the real demon he struggles against is the angry legacy of Koba. (Koba, killed off in the last film, reappears in spirit in this one.) Read more…