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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Review

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Review

Posted 1 day ago By Brandon Keith Avery

When it comes to adapting graphic novels and comic book properties, there’s a list of directors I’d consider a dream team of film geniuses to take on the material. Matthew Vaughn is on that list, and far as I’m concerned should be towards to the top. He gave us the marvelous yet, underrated film Kick Ass (2010), rebooted the X-Men franchise with First Class (2011), and took on Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) shortly after. The point is that this man knows what he’s

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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Review

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Review

Posted 1 day ago By Brandon Keith Avery

When The LEGO Movie was gearing up for release back in 2014, I was beyond excited. Not only did the film meet my expectations, it exceeded them. Fast forward to 2017 with The LEGO Batman Movie, I was thrilled to see this film too, but it was not as exciting as the first. That doesn’t make sense seeing that I loved the first film, and absolutely adore Batman, but everything turned out positive with me loving that film as well. So, with Warner Bros. being two for two, it appeared they go o

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FRIEND REQUEST Review

FRIEND REQUEST Review

Posted 1 day ago By Brandon Keith Avery

When films like this are made, all I can think of is the amount of talent out there that constantly get ignored with real forms of art to entertain the masses. Friend Request has a great premise, and start that shows promise as a worthy horror film to remember. It takes social media as a large percentage of our lives to drive the film home for viewers. It’s a great way to get the audience connected with the story, making them feel like they could be victims too. The problem is the execut

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LEAP! Review

LEAP! Review

Posted 4 weeks ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Have you ever dreamed of becoming more than what you are right now? Have you ever wanted to push the limits of what you thought you could achieve? Have you ever seen a film that delves into the exact questions that I’ve just asked? If it’s yes to all 3, here’s another example of films repeating itself over and over again, but this time with no shame or attempt to hide it. Leap! is co-produced with a few international companies, and was release about a year ago in Europe. It&r

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THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Review

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Review

Posted 1 month ago By Brandon Keith Avery

There’s always been a mixing of genres within the film industry. Some work out, while others don’t, but of course, it’s always fun to see studios play around with new ideas. That’s the first impression that I got when I saw the trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard months before its release. It came across as a nonstop, laughing machine with high octane action mixed in throughout. Throw in two of Hollywood’s most notable stars, and you’d think you’d

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ANNABELLE: CREATION Review

ANNABELLE: CREATION Review

Posted 1 month ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Horror films are not my favorite by a long shot, but there was something about The Conjuring (2013) that nearly made me come around. That film stood out in a way no other horror film has even done before. When director James Wan took over the reins material, he did it justice as a thrilling scare fest that deserves all the praise and more. So, with any successful film, it’s obvious that a studio would want a sequel, but today’s film releasing a sequel isn’t enough. A surround

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WIND RIVER Review

WIND RIVER Review

Posted 1 month ago By Brandon Keith Avery

With this being based on actual events. it’s sure to gain the attention of the audience, and will speak volumes for parents. It’s a strong film that deals with the pain of losing a loved one, and the secluded life style that comes afterwards. What makes the film stand out is its isolated location from the rest of the world. Deep in the snowy lands of Wyoming, it’s a completely different territory that most aren’t accustomed to, and may shift the way you comprehend justi

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THE DARK TOWER Review

THE DARK TOWER Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For as long as I can remember evil doers have always tried to reign over the good and righteous. When will it stop? It most likely never will, so why not create as many versions of the endless battle as possible right. That’s what Stephen King pulled off when he wrote The Dark Tower. Set in a fantasized world, the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) rules over one dimension, but isn’t satisfied and wants to rule them all. In the trailers this was marketed as a fun filled action adve

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DETROIT Review

DETROIT Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) team up again to deliver the goodness in film as they always do. With the story Detroit being loosely based on true events (admitted by the director herself), it focuses on the incident that took place at the Algiers Motel during the summer of 1967. This film is a must see, but a hard one to endure as well for many reasons. It’s a reminder of how much hasn’t changed in this country as it relates to r

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KIDNAP Review

KIDNAP Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

In the middle of summer with theaters full of giant blockbusters, a small but intense film is welcome with open arms. The average movie going audience can usually sympathize with the plot line, but this one ends up being a mother’s worst nightmare. Seeing your child kidnapped right before your eyes is unimaginable, which becomes a reality for the main star. So, what would you do in this situation? Fold up in shock not being able to respond, or turn into the terminator, not stopping until

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THE EMOJI MOVIE Review

THE EMOJI MOVIE Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

It seems like yesterday when Emoji’s were born in our digital world, and they don’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. They can be so fun and creative, it’s hard not to appeal to them. This new form of communication doesn’t appear to be slowing down either with latest updates popping up daily, it seems. Whether you’re staring at your phone 24 hours a day, or a phone user that just checks their text messages at random, you’ve more than likely used an E

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ATOMIC BLONDE Review

ATOMIC BLONDE Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Going into this film, I heard whispers that it’s the female version of John Wick. There is some truth to that claim, but you’ll just have to wait and see. As an action junky in Hollywood mostly behind the camera doing stunt work, director David Leitch (John Wick) is at it again, showing all his action beats he can choreograph. Taking place during the cold war, he put together a film that tries to highlight the 80’s with bright spray-painted colors, and action that will be rem

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DUNKIRK Review

DUNKIRK Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Christopher Nolan is easily one of my most favorite directors of all time. He gave The Dark Knight Trilogy, and every other film of his is a near textbook example of how filmmaking should be done. He’s always able to tell a remarkable story, and shoots it with some of the best IMAX camera’s in the business. Many say that James Cameron is the Grand Master of 3D, which I agree. I also feel that Christopher Nolan is the Grand Master of IMAX. He’s been using this format ever sinc

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GIRLS TRIP Review

GIRLS TRIP Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

We all have that group of friends that will be down for us until the end of time. Brothers and sisters from another mother, but it still feels like family. Though, as life happens and more and more time passes, the moments spent with those loved ones grows further and further apart. So what’s the best way to rekindle that long lost friendship? Take a getaway trip and kick back which is what this Girls Trip is all about. 4 women constrained by their everyday lives and want to just let loo

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VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Review

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

All the professionals in the world have expressed how large the universe is, and I believe them. I’ve personally never been out of the planet, but maybe, I’ll make it someday. Though, with so much space to cover, what mind is required to gather the four corners of space into a film that gives a decent glimpse of what’s beyond the stars? Director Luc Besson did it once with The Fifth Element (1997), and now with his creative mind he’s back for Valerian and the City of A

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Review

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

There’s a lot riding on the third film in this new rebooted ape’s franchise, and rightfully so. It’s been a fantastic new series so far, delivering nearly everything a fan of such films would want in cinema. Rupert Wyatt was first up to bat in 2011 with a near masterpiece, then followed director Matt Reeves for the finish. One key aspect that makes each a gem is how each transitioned to the next. There’s also a real deep sense of family among the characters that makes y

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WISH UPON Review

WISH UPON Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Everyone in the history of existence has at least once wished  themselves to be in a better situation than their current state. If you say otherwise you’re most likely lying. As you’ve heard the saying before, the grass is always greener on the other side. That’s part of the premise our lead actress Joey King goes through within Wish Upon. That she could just wish her pain away, and make her desires come true. Seems innocent enough, but she may not have been paying atten

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Sony Pictures has been all over the place when it comes to their Spider-Man franchise. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004) is still arguably considered the best amongst fans, being grounded with its character depth, and now Homecoming is up for the challenge. The studio made the mistake of interfering with Spider-Man 3’s (2007) development, causing a reboot to an even bigger mess with the The Amazing Spider-Man films, causing another reboot. They should get it right the third time arou

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THE HOUSE Review

THE HOUSE Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Will Ferrell is arguably one of the funniest comedians that will ever be in the entertainment industry. This man was born to make people laugh, and he takes full advantage of it. So, having him alongside the other stars in this film, they should’ve at least had an average comedy on their hands, but this ended up being something else entirely. In this film, something has been done that’s never been done before. New ground is breaking in the realm of film firsts. The House will now b

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DESPICABLE ME 3 Review

DESPICABLE ME 3 Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Since the beginning of time the majority of people have only witnessed the hero’s side of the story in animation. So a few years ago Illumination studios wanted to turn things around and show the flipside of the coin relating to the villains. It was a smart idea that turned into a lucrative franchise that’s loved by most. If anything, these movies are aimed at children, rightfully so, and deserve their place among good forms of entertainment. There’s even a little sprinkle he

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BABY DRIVER Review

BABY DRIVER Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

It was a sad timeback in April of 2014 when director Edgar Wright decided to part ways with Marvel Studios over creative differences in regard to Ant-Man (2015). With his unique stylistic approach, him overseeing that film was any comic book and film fan’s dream come true. Ant-Man was still able to be a hit for the studio. So it may have worked out for the best that Wright decided to direct Baby Driver instead. On paper, this film has been done in a few different forms a numerous amount

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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Review

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

With this being the fifth installment in the Transformers franchise, you’d probably think you’ve seen it all. That’s not meant for the better, as in a captivating script praised for its detail or some new technical achievement that will change the game of filmmaking. That’s meant for the studio’s bold approach of not caring about any cohesiveness and rubbing it in your face. This time Paramount Pictures insisted on going bigger, badder, and louder, throwing so muc

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ALL EYEZ ON ME Review

ALL EYEZ ON ME Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

When you have an artist as popular as Tupac Shakur, it would be a great disservice to fans across the world to not tell his side of the story. He impacted so many lives throughout his reign, and still does twenty plus years after his untimely death. There was heavy debate over the last few years, until production started, on how his life should be told, and Lionsgate decided to take a crack at this legendary icon. The best parts of All Eyez on Me is the casting. At times, it felt as if the rea

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CARS 3 Review

CARS 3 Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Back in 2016, Pixar made one of the most memorable animations in quite some time with Cars. It was full of heart and passion that made you feel like a better soul after watching it. Cars 2 wasn’t as well received as its predecessor by both critics and fans from all around. While I did think it was a step down, I still had some fun with it. This steady decline continues with Cars 3, to the point you can’t nearly wait until it’s all over. It’s not clear what’s going

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47 METERS DOWN Review

47 METERS DOWN Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

A vacation is supposed to be one of the many highlights of your life. Whether you’re down in the dumps, or a general happy person, it’s meant to be your getaway to live freely with no worries. That’s not the case when two sisters decide to take a trip down to Mexico for some fun. 47 Meters Down flips your life upside down from the time of your life to a living nightmare. It’s a true thriller that has you at the edge of your seat in fear of what’s going to happen n

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ROUGH NIGHT Review

ROUGH NIGHT Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

How does one of the most memorable nights of fun and pleasure that you could possibly imagine turn into a fright fest of horrors that you can’t escape? Murdering a stripper while you’re high on drugs is how, which is the pickle these five friends found themselves in! There’s been a few movies with the same premise that have debuted over the past few decades, but now first-time director Lucia Aniello wanted to take her swing at the material with all her style and flavor. With

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THE MUMMY Review

THE MUMMY Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel if it’s working. That’s the motto studios are taking on to deliver new forms of entertainment, and it looks like Universal Pictures is following suit. Just like Marvel Studios started back in 2008 with Ironman, they created a shared cinematic Universe of all their beloved characters. Warner Bros. was next, and now Universal is in the mix creating their own shared space of characters called Dark Universe. Back in 2014 they made an attempt

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IT COMES AT NIGHT Review

IT COMES AT NIGHT Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The true color of humanity emerges most when one is most desperate. There’s numerous forms of emotion that are present in this dramatic mystery, but that one stands out the most. These characters are desperate to survive, and with a sound plan, a strong will, and superb directing by Trey Edward Shults (Krisha), it appears everything will come to a positive fruition. Besides the characters and the predicament they’re in, high recognition should go towards the man behind the

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Review

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The range of a child imagination is endless. That’s where the idea of Captain Underpants comes from. On the surface, when you hear such a title you’ll most likely come up with reasons on how ridiculous it sounds, thinking it won’t serve your sensibilities. You wouldn’t be alone, as most would write it off as over the top silliness. Though it is all of that plus a bit more. The series, Captain Underpants, contains 12 books, 3 spinoffs, and has sold over 70 million copies

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WONDER WOMAN Review

WONDER WOMAN Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Wonder Woman has impacted the lives of millions over the past several decades, and now she finally has her grand moment to shine on the big screen. It was a long time coming, being well deserved, and director Patty Jenkins (Monster) is one of the best in the business to take on such a property. So much is riding on this film and for departments over at Warner Bros. to deliver a great film that not only meets expectations, but jump starts a fresh launch of films that the previous 3 were divided

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EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Review

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

As we all know, life isn’t fair. No one can control the world they’re born into, and sometimes we must take the cards we’re dealt and just make the best out of it. It’s easier said than done for some. Though living a life in a box because you’re allergic to everything in the outside world is nearly imaginable. Even though similar tales like this have been told before, it’s refreshing to get a new take on slightly familiar material. That’s what director

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ALIEN: COVENANT Review

ALIEN: COVENANT Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Director Ridley Scott started something great back in 1979 with his classic hit film Alien.  Today it’s still praised by the majority, and will be for quite some time. Different directors have taken a swing at the material, with some delivering a worthy sequel continuing the story, while others had a tougher time. Scott picked things back up in the same universe with Prometheus (2012), which had mixed reviews, but showcased so much promise for the future to come. Now the original ma

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SNATCHED Review

SNATCHED Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

I would catergorize this more as a comedy with flare than an action comedy, but either way you look at it there’s enough goods to soak in. Whether you’re a fan of the recently famous Amy Schumer or legend Goldie Hawn, they both hit the ground running in this mother and daughter duo adventure. Director Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) was able to pair up two stars and reign supreme for ninety-one minutes of pure fun regardless of your taste. With his filmography catering to more

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 Review

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Back in 2014, with months leading up to James Gunn’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, it was safe to say no one knew what to expect. Some movie goers were excited, while others thought it would be Marvel Studios’ first flop. Fortunately for all fans of entertainment, it was a solid film that blew every preexisting expectation away. Now we’re here for volume 2, and the expectations are on the rise. I thought the first film was a ton of fun, even with the nitpicks I have thr

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UNFORGETTABLE Review

UNFORGETTABLE Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

From the release of the first trailer, Unforgettable appeared to be a forgettable soap opera drama that we’ve all seen before. If you were one to roll your eyes during its marketing, know that you’re weren’t alone. These sentiments were most likely shared across the board, for it seems this story has been told an exaggerated number of times, though here there is the bonus of two prominent stars. Surprisingly, with her directorial debut, Denise Di Novi was able to craft an ent

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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Review

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Paying respect when and where it’s due, The Fast and the Furious franchise deserves all the praise it can take on. When you think they’ve ran out of fresh ideas, you’re humbled as they continuously surprise you, providing the next global threat of destruction. Directed by one of the greatest men behind the camera in the past twenty plus years, F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Negotiator, Straight Outta Compton) not only crafts a superb film, but easily one of the best features in th

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GOING IN STYLE Review

GOING IN STYLE Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For most of us, there will come a time when kicking the bucket is right around the corner. A time of sitting back laughing and reminiscing on all the great times from the past. Hopefully you’ll have a good friend or two to share those memories with, as these three best friends do to the fullest. From the first few moments of the film, it’s clear Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin are a triple threat of comedic brilliance, as they bounce off each other like they were born

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GIFTED Review

GIFTED Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Being completely honest, Marc Webb (500 Hundred Days of Summer) is an exceptional director, but his last film, The Amazing Spiderman 2, was one of the worst experiences I ever had in a movie theater. There aren’t enough words to describe the amount of disgust I have for that piece of crap. Trying to forgive him of that sin, his previous work shows how talented he is, and so does his new film Gifted. The casting of the popular and well-known actor from the role of Captain America, Chris E

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SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Review

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The Smurfs have been around for decades as cute little cuddly creatures with as many personalities as ten decks of cards. There’s just something about them that you can’t get enough of as they dance and sing, “La La La La La La,” repeatedly until the day is gone. Though we may get sick of them soon enough with an attempt as poor as this one. While some of the essence remained from The Smurfs, this adaptation caters only to children, unlike films from the past. Initially

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GHOST IN THE SHELL Review

GHOST IN THE SHELL Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Ghost in the Shell is arguably one of the most popular Japanese animations of all time. Ever since its original release back in 1995, fans from all around the world have raved about its excellence. For such a property, it was only inevitable that a studio would take hold of the rights to adapt it into a large blockbuster feature, and who could blame them with the technology that’s at studios disposal nowadays. If anything, this film deserves praise for its creativity as it jumps forward

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LIFE Review

LIFE Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For me there isn’t much hope when I see a movie advertised about an alien life form that grows into a menace, that may potentially harm earth. In this space adventure it seems all too familiar. My thoughts are it’s only worth it if the characters don’t make rash decisions that lead to disaster. Though with the writers being Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland), my attitude remained on the optimistic side going in. So right before its release with a cast of a fe

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POWER RANGERS Review

POWER RANGERS Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Power Rangers in the early 90’s was the show kids all around raved about, rushing to their television set right after school. It was a fun, action-packed filled extravaganza that was impossible to ignore. It was cheesy to say the least, but all was forgiven; with it at times being self-aware and fully embracing itself. There’s been countless reimagining of the original show, but nothing comes close to the original. Though in all old properties enough time passes by to warrant a reb

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GET OUT Review

GET OUT Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

My goodness! This is like a Black man’s worst nightmare, to be abducted by white people only to be forced into slavery. Jordan Peele (Key & Peele, Keanu) made a bold move when he decided to write and direct this horror laced mysterious thriller. Not only does it fit that mold, but the inclusion of comedy was a hard task that he pulled off. Initially shocked that he would take on such material given his background delving in comedy, Peele delivered a thought provoking film that not on

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LOGAN Review

LOGAN Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For the longest time I’d given up on 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of the X-Men series (2000-2006). The first two films from Bryan Singer were fine, but the third was an abysmal mess. More films came around, like X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), which followed suit. Then Matthew Vaughn came shaking things up, rebooting the franchise with X-Men: First Class (2011). That film is beyond amazing, but Fox destroyed its potential by linking it to past films through X-Men: Days of Future

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