Category Archives: Reviews

‘Who Invited Charlie?” Welcomes the Charm

Who Invited Charlie? feels like the pandemic version of Uncle Buck and that’s not a bad thing.  familiar with the trope, an unsuspecting family gets an unwanted visitor who they can’t stand but slowly teaches them to loosen up and laugh and love. It’s well honed territory, and can provide a good base but there’s some character building that’s sacrificed in the narrative. 

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“Ted Lasso” is Full of Class-O!

Season 3 of Ted Lasso proves in the first four episodes that it’s worthy of the premier league. A show that has gotten better season by season keeps finding new ways to be relevant while endearing you to its key ensemble of characters. 

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” Fails to Jumpstart Phase 5

Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania feels like deja vu. Starring Paul Rudd, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton and Jonathan Majors, the latest Marvel installment is… fine. Listen, I love a Marvel film and I’m just nerdy enough to understand the implications the film is supposed to have as it ushers in Phase 5. What I’m at a loss to understand is just why this task was laid at the feet of Ant-Man

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Review: Teen Wolf:The Movie Delivers a Spec Script Within an Alternative Universe

By Stacey Yvonne
Originally published on BlackGirlNerds Jan, 23, 2023

While watching Teen Wolf: The Movie, I found myself asking the question: Who is this for? 

I was watching characters that I mostly knew, in a setting I knew all too well, fighting a demon that was instantly familiar, and yet I felt out of place. The plot holes were nonsense and the timeline was wildly inaccurate. So if this movie wasn’t for me, then who was it for? 

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Reviews: ‘Bros’

Let’s talk about Bros, The new comedy written by and starring Billy Eichner and directed by longtime collaborator Nick Stoller. The film was also produced by Judd Apatow giving it a chance at distribution from a major studio – a first for a primarily LGBTQ film especially in the rom-com space. It’s a triumphant feat for Eichner and hopefully we’ll see more films get the chance. 

Bros is important, but is it a good movie?

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“Don’t Worry Darling” Leaves Me Wary

Caption: (L-R) FLORENCE PUGH, HARRY STYLES and director/producer/actor OLIVIA WILDE (blue dress) on the set of New Line Cinema’s “DON’T WORRY DARLING,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

I wanted so badly to be able to say “despite on-set messiness and the PR tour disaster (that was entertaining for all of the wrong reasons) Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling is a triumph! And it almost was!

Almost. 

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Review: Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’ Serves as an Unintentional Love Letter to Los Angeles

The film revolves around an unlikely pair of brothers thrown together by the foster system. Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is fresh from the military and trying to find stability and financial security for his new son and ailing wife. Danny Sharp (Jake Gyllenhaal) stayed home and picked up the family business of robbing banks and vandalism.

Michael Bay’s Ambulance is a thrill per minute! Too bad there are 135 of them. Excepting about 15 minutes of setup, the action gets going and never stops until about 20 minutes before the end. That’s when there’s a ton of slow motion. While this hectic action can be maintained in a 90-minute property, 2 hours and 15 minutes is a lot of adrenaline to spend. 

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Season 2 of ‘Woke’ Doesn’t Sleep on Character Development

Caption: Cartoonist Keef Knight is now a popular activist on the rise, but he’s facing a world where “woke” has become big business. Can Keef and his friends bring about real change, or is it just about the dollar$? And can Keef navigate this new world without destroying what he’s become? Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, Woke continues to upend Black nerd and activist culture, deftly satirizing with a wink and a smile. Keef (Lamorne Morris), Gunther (Blake Anderson), Ayana (Sasheer Zamata) and Clovis (T. Murph), shown. (Courtesy of Hulu)

Last Season on Hulu’s Woke, we met Keef Knight (Lamorne Morris) as he tries to navigate life after a brutal encounter with San Francisco PD. As a cartoonist of the locally famous comic strip, Toast and Butter, Keef is excited for his comic to be syndicated nationally. He’s planning on getting a luxury apartment with his girlfriend of two years and finally raising his stock. He’s played the game for years and is finally seeing his efforts pay off. 

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‘Official Competition’ Takes Home the Gold

Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Oscar Martinez

Starring Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martinez, Official Competition serves as a send-up of the vapid and profit-hungry nature of the entertainment industry mixed with a cautionary tale.

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I Want ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once” All of the Time

Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang

I’m all for a comforting and predictable film. With the stresses of the last couple of years, watching a Marvel film or a rom-com speaks to me. I told myself I wasn’t in the mood for something too original so I sat down to Everything Everywhere All at Once thinking it would be a fun Matrix knock-off where I could see Michelle Yeoh kick butt. 

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