The Power Rangers

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The Power Ranger was epic. Do you know why they decided to open they movie on March 24, 2017? It’s an epic date to remember? Do you remember five teenagers being locked up doing detention, instead of the library they were in the basement of the school?

Do you remember the Breakfast Club? The plot line was March 24, 1984, but the movie released was in February 1985, they are both similar.

Anyway, this was the rebirth and reboot of the Power Ranger, the first group of the Power Rangers were stripped of their power and they gone missing.

The team consists of Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery), the future Red Ranger, a juvenile delinquent with a barely disguised noble streak. Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), aka Pink Ranger, a depressive who’s in detention for texting an embarrassing private photo of a classmate and she punched a guy. Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler), aka Blue Ranger, who’s got a spectrum disorder in this version and a black nerd. Becky G as Trini, the Yellow Ranger plays a gay character, but doesn’t express it, but forced to pee in the cup when she told her family that she was abducted by aliens and they gave her superpowers. And Ludi Lin as Zack, the Black Ranger, who is Asian, which is great.

The teens were trained by Zordon (Bryan Cranston), and the robot assistant (Bill Hader as Alpha 5) and the iconic laughter was seen and heard.

Zordon wants them to defend the Earth against his nemesis, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) and she was a former Power Ranger herself too. Rita has a gigantic golden warrior called Golda!- That’s not good.

There’s a plot about the Rangers trying to protect a crystal hidden inside a Krispy Kreme donut shop – so if they get hungry, they would eat the donuts and find the crystal in the sprinkles of the donut. A weird place to hide a crystal in a donut shop!

There was a great battle scene between the power rangers and Golda, and it was that close when they fell in the pit and morphed into a gigantic power ranger and the epic battle scene!

Remember this movie is PG-13 due to violence and language in the movie, it is not the PG version of the TV show. It is entirely different and dark. You are watching way too much of Riverdale on the CW, by the way, it is a great show, you should watch it. I like it this way. So parents, even though you grew up watching the TV series and your children are watching it, make sure you have insurance for the house. We don’t want children to imitated violence in the home. Let your kids take karate lesson at the Y.

Go see it !!

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Skinwalker The Movie

 

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Toby Tate, author, singer. and writer of several blockbuster books such as Lilith, Primordial Lilith trilogy book 2, and The Cain Prophecy Lilith trilogy book 3. Toby Tate has written a screenplay of the famous Nell Cropsey that was murdered in 1901 and haunts the house in Elizabeth City, NC.

The title is Skinwalker, it’s a supernatural, mystery, suspense and horror story based on actual historical events of Nell Cropsey and Native American Mythology (the Skinwalker).

To make this movie possible, we need a lot of investors, like you to make this happen and be a part of it too. Go to Skinwalker’s GoFundme page and a make donation and make it happen.

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Orange St Films began as a small company which has grown in ten years to a full-scale production facility out of Wilmington, NC.

Orange St. Films produced successful 2009 horror movie, The Jailhouse with C Thomas Howell,  The Outsiders, Red dawn, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the Terrible Two with Donny Boaz The Great Debaters, Alternate Realities, is set to release in 2017.

The film will show much of the Elizabeth City downtown area, as well as some rural areas, and will include local residents as extras, crew members, and even cast members.  So who’s on board?

 

Hidden Figures Not So Hidden

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What does a Mathematician, an engineer, and informal supervisor have in common? These are three people who helped put men into space, and they are Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn.

Watching their TV documentaries over a month ago is so much better than watching the movie, you see movies inspire us to watch great characters such as these three extraordinary ladies telling their stories of how they suffer from being noticed in this male dominated world of being smart. Black people are smart too, and their gender too.

But back in 1957 and the 1960’s, black people were segregated among the white people, and not being respected of their talent and skills they have. They have great minds too.

When I watch Hidden Figures the movie, these three incredible women broke the barrier and sacrifice themselves that black people are smarter and able to help us in any particular way to get into space. They are not spies, they want to help us.

Hidden Figures is nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer.

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Octavia Spencer deserved to win an Oscar for her role in the movie.  If she wins, it will be her second time since “The Help” (2011).  She also won the Golden Globes in 2012 for her performance “The Help”.

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Taraji Penda Henson actress, author, and singer. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest-roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). In 2005, she starred in Hustle & Flow and played Queenie in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received an Academy Award nomination. In 2010, she appeared in the comedy Date Night and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid. In 2012, Henson was in the large ensemble cast film Think Like a Man and reprised her role in its sequel.

Henson has also had an extensive career in television, having been a regular cast member on series such as The Division, Boston Legal, and Eli Stone. From 2011 to 2013, she co-starred as Detective Jocelyn Carter in the CBS drama Person of Interest for which she won a NAACP Image Award. As of 2015, she stars as Cookie Lyon on the Fox drama series Empire, for which she became the first African-American woman to win a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmy Awards.

In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. Henson also released a New York Times best-selling autobiography titled Around the Way Girl.

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Janelle Monáe, is a singer, model, and actress. In 2016, she had major roles in two feature films, Hidden Figures, and Moonlight, for which she received widespread praise. Both films received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.

Best Movies of 2016

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Rouge One: Star Wars Story

It’s the best Star Wars movie, but it takes place between The Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.  Carrie fisher was 19 when she starred in George Lucas Star Wars.  The story was the rebel alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up an epic saga to follow. Carrie Fisher had just completed the next Star Wars movie now they have to reshoot and redo some scenes. It was her last film. Will they use digital CGI characters to complete it, like the one they use in Rouge One?

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Singing in the Rain (1952)

I know this movie did not come out in 2016, but it was my family favorite movie and especially mom’s favorite who passed away in February 2016. Now Debbie Reynolds passed away and so did her daughter Carrie Fisher. It’s sad to see mother and daughter gone too soon. Now there are happy together. This movie is incredible to watch, the singing and dancing, it just makes you happy and sing-a-long. I don’t know how many times I have seen it this week. It’s One of the best movies throughout the century of filmmaking. I bet my mom and Debbie Reynolds are having a good time.

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Captain America: Civil War

With many people fearing the actions of superheroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero’s actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges. Two teams in a battle. Awesome!

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Dead Pool

Did you know Deadpool won for best comedy for Critics Choice Awards? And Ryan Reynolds too for Best Actor in a Comedy? Wow. The movie was that funny. The wise-cracking superhero.  The story was a fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge. And he sings Careless Whisper by George Michael, hilarious.

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The Jungle Book

Voice actors of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Garry Shandling (1949 – 2016), and other great voice actors. Bring this classic tale to life, with the only human actor on set Neel Sethi.

The director Jon Favreau and his visionary of using CGI animals to life, if he had to use real animals the actors would be dead. The visual effects were incredible and it should win an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

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The Edge of Seventeen

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

Hailee Steinfeld is fantastic in this movie and a fantastic performer. She’s a nominated for Golden Globe for this movie if she wins and she could be the youngest to win the Oscars.  Go girl!

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Conjuring 2: Enfield Poltergeist

This movie was the scariest to watch, based on a true story of Enfield case by Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators, they have witnessed paranormal activity in 1977 and they have interviewed the devil. Scary. What was that noise behind you? If you watch the movie on DVD alone one night.  Your house can scare you and creep you out! Did you hear something? That’s scary!

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Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

It’s about time they put Wonder Woman with the guys. First Batman and Superman were fighting because Superman destroyed Wayne Enterprise building because of other supermen aliens wanted to take over the earth. But they bonded together, because of their mother was Martha, one was Kent and the other Wayne. Does Superman survive?

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La La land

This movie was fantastic! Who would have known that musicals are coming back to the screen? We did have High School Musical 3(2008)? And Hairspray (2007).

The music is melodic but never simplistic; the lyrics are intelligent and intelligible; the script is funny, touching without ever resorting to sentimentality; the two leads are not only skillful but full of a kind of charm that I honestly thought had disappeared entirely from American movies: but here we have Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone just oozing it. She’s hot!

“La La Land,” the most nominated film of the evening, took home eight awards, the most of the night, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (a tie) for Damien Chazelle, Best Cinematography for Linus Sandgren, Best Production Design for David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, Best Editing for Tom Cross, Best Song, and Best Score for Justin Hurwitz, for Critics Choice Awards earlier this month in December. 

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Finding Dory

The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family.Ellen DeGeneres plays Dory, about a fish who has short Term memory loss and it’s hilarious. Who seek out to find her family in this undersea adventure.

Star Wars: Rogue One

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So you going to see Star Wars: The Rouge One over this weekend, you will notice it will not have the iconic Star Wars crawl, it went straight to the movie. This is not the sequel, if you see Darth Vardar in the movie, he was dead in the last movie in Return of the Jedi (1983) and he left a son in the previous films, that we did not know about, which movie was that?

The Star Wars: Rogue One, comes in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It’s confusing, but one day it will sink in. It’s the timeline of the story when it happens. They should have called it Star Wars 3.1: The Rogue One.

“Rogue One” is the first of many “Star Wars Anthology” films. Unlike “The Force Awakens” and its sequels, which will directly continue the original saga, the Anthology films aim to expand the larger Star Wars universe and focus on other characters and conflicts. For example, the next Anthology movie (due May 2018) will focus on a young Han Solo. Can’t wait to see that.

So far it is getting great reviews, based on critic’s reviews some will understand and some will not understand. Other critics may suggest the dialogue is not clever nor the story. But everybody loves a big epic battle scenes. And they were epic. What do they know?

If you are a Star Wars fan, like I am, then I understand the story. Other people will be confused.

The story is when Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a Rebellion soldier and criminal. Who is she? It will have flashback of her childhood and her parents.  It is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. And who does Jyn it gives it too?  With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

They will be new characters and old. Who will come back? What was C3PO as a teenager? R2D2 Beeps.

The character of Grand Moff Tarkin as played by Peter Cushing in 1977 is digitally recreated using CGI (with actor Guy Henry as body double). Peter Cushing died in 1994.

The music soundtrack is not being conducted by John Williams it is by Michael Giacchino, but it will still have the theme music.

This movie will either get Oscar nominations for technical effects, visual effects or make-up and costuming.

Overall it is a good movie, but please explain your children the history of Star Wars for they would not get confused about the story line and characters.

By the way, stay after the movie to see something special.

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Mr. Church

 

Mr. Church is a 2016 American drama film set primarily in 1970s Los Angeles starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson. The story is based on the life of writer Susan McMartin. The film co-stars Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel, Lincoln Melcher, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen, Mckenna Grace and Thom Barry. The film debuted on April 22, 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is scheduled to be released on September 16, 2016, by Cinelou Releasing. Eddie Murphy is fantastic in this role, he should be nominated and considered for an Oscar.

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You don’t have to stay in the whole day, just because Tropical Storm Hermine is gone and you have cabin fever the whole weekend on Labor Day weekend, your life isn’t over.

You can go out when the storms are over, and your life is back to normal until the power goes out! Then two hours later, you found yourself asleep with the book on your face.

There are some good movies out there in the multiplex theater in your town, in my town we have don’t have a multiplex theater. We need a better a movie theater that shows more than two screens in Elizabeth City, NC. Going out of town takes gas and it is hour away.

Anyway, if you have seen Ghostbuster is good to see it again. I give it 5 out of 10.  Great story and it’s an all-girl cast Staring Leslie Jones, Erin Gilbert, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnion and Chris Hemsworth ( he does dance at the end).  And they had a lot of cameo appearances such as  Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson,  Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ozzy Osbourne, (Why him?)  Al Roker, Pat Kiernan, Rosanna Scotto, and Greg Kelly.

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The only thing that is haunted is the fourth floor of Kilachand Hall (formerly Shelton Hall), Eugene O’Neill is said to haunt the building. However, it drew the team behind the new Ghostbusters reboot to BU. It was the gothic architecture of the BU Castle, which appears in the film as the Aldridge Mansion Museum, that captured the attention of the film’s location scout.

Go see it, tonight.