Lena Waithe And Melina Matsoukas’s ‘Queen & Slim’ Is Modern Day Shakespeare

 

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Queen & Slim is the epic new-age love story of our time that comes once every few decades. 

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The romantic suspense is a modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet illustrated with compelling images of black love and community told through a poetic-like structure. 

“I want him to love me so deeply I’m not afraid to show him how ugly I can be. I want him to show me scars I never knew I had.”

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Although Ernest”Slim” and Angela “Queen” are often referred to as the black Bonnie and Clyde throughout the film, their characters are far from outlaws rebelling against the law. 

These two star-crossed lovers —played by British actors Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith —are drawn to each other in their attempts to escape the injustices found in America’s justice system after a deadly encounter of police brutality. 

Kaluuya and Turner-Smith bring themes of love, community, and mindfulness to life with their on-screen chemistry.

She’s a loner moved only by fact, and he’s a family man driven by faith. Yet, their opposition is the main factor that drives them towards psychological healing and freedom. 

The film does a great job of stressing the importance of finding joy in the journey to one’s destination— making the characters’ run from the law seem like a spiritual road trip destined by fate. 

Watching the lovers relish recklessly in present time as they stop to ride horses and dance at neighborhood juke joints, leaves you wondering when was the last time you lived in the moment. 

 

 

The tragic love story ends with an expected yet surprising slaying of the film’s protagonists that startles viewers in true horror film fashion as they are forced to mourn the characters that everyone grew to love.

Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas call this film a form of “protest art,” nearly hitting theaters on the 5th anniversary of Tamir Rice’s death. 

12-year-old Rice was shot by 26-year-old police officer Timothy Loehmann in Cleveland, Ohio for playing with a toy gun. 

Although the film has a slow build-up, the female powerhouse does an excellent job of capturing an iconic black love story in a film that showcases what it means to be black in current-day America. 

That’s why we’re giving this film 4 out of 5 stars. Catch Queen & Slim in theaters now! 

Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Us’ Performance Just Made History for Black Women

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Lupita Nyong’o performance in the movie, Us, just made history.

It is the highest domestic opening weekend gross for a movie headlined by a black woman.

The record was previously held by Sanaa Lathan for her lead in Aiien v Predator. That movie grossed more than $38.2 million opening weekend.

Current top 5 highest grossing films led by a black woman, Us, Alien v Predator, A Wrinkle In Time (Oprah Winfrey) Girls Trip (Regina Hall) Why Did I Get Married (Janet Jackson).

Cardi B Is Making Her Movie Debut as a Stripper in New Film With J. Lo

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If you’re in New York this weekend, keep your eyes open for signs of Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B, the two will be working together on a new film called, Hustlers, about strippers who band together against their rich Wall Street clients.

Hustlers is based on some truth, a New York magazine article about a group of women who outsmarted their male clientele did go viral.  J. Lo will star as the ringleader along with Cardi B, Julia Stiles, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, and Lili Reinhart.

ICYMI, Cardi B was a professional stripper prior to her rise to stardom, so now she can say that her time stripping will be put to good use on the big screen.

Zoe Saldana Says She’s Hurt By The Hate, But Never Had An Issue With The Color Of Her Skin

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I sat down with Zoe Saldana to discuss her role as Gamora in Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I had to ask about the amount of hate she gets from #BlackTwitter for some of her comments on race. People have gone as far to suggest that she’s in the “Sunken Place” — a reference from Jordan Peele’s hit film Get Out.

“I’m a Gemini, so there is a part of me where I try, but I just don’t care. The other one is the exact opposite, I’m hurt all the time. I don’t understand why all this hate comes back at me, but the reality is that I do realize that a lot of it must be projections. I don’t have an issue with who I am, with how I am, with how I came to be, with the color of my skin, with how I live my life with an open heart and how when I’m asked a question I truly believe it’s because people want to hear my answer.”

Watch the full interview above.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters everywhere May 5, 2017.

Top 5 Denzel Washington Movies Of All Time [EXCLUSIVE]

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Denzel Washington is widely believed to be one of the greatest actors to ever do it, and he’s got the catalogue of movies to prove it. In a career that has spanned decades, Denzel has won the hearts of movie fans by taking role after role in film after film, most of which dazzled viewers and became classics.

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So, with that many good films to pick from, what would Denzel’s top 5 best movies of all time? Click on the audio players above and below to hear what listeners- and Ed Lover -had to say to that, in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Lose One: Menace II Society Vs. Juice [EXCLUSIVE]

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On a Lose One Wednesday, Ed Lover asks listeners to choose between the 1993 film Menace II Society,  and 1992’s Juice. Both insanely popular films undoubtedly had an impact on the film industry and broke down doors for black Hollywood’s future. So which one could be dropped, if we had to pick one?

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Click on the audio player to hear listeners explain their choices in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Pharrell On The Strange Way He Started Making Music For “Hidden Figures” [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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Janelle Monae talks about the “firecracker” of a woman she plays in “Hidden Figures,” Mary Jackson, the first black female engineer at NASA. Pharrell, who not only is the film’s producer, but is also in charge of music, highlights the difficulty of the mathematics problems they were computing, and the high stakes involved in getting those equations correct in order to insure a safe trip into space and back to earth.

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Plus, Mimi Valdés, the woman responsible for bringing the script to Pharrell, explains how the script made it from her desk to the movie theaters. Pharrell discusses how he ended up crafting the music for “Hidden Figures” before he even knew they were doing the film! Check out this exclusive video for more of this interview from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Watch The First Trailer For Ice Cube’s New Movie ‘Fist Fight’

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When we first met Ice Cube, he was a gangster rapper Straight Outta Compton who made chilling on a Friday into a cult classic on the big screen. Since then, he’s had many roles in Hollywood and his latest comedy looks funny as hell.

Earlier today, Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Fist Fight. Charlie Day stars alongside Cube as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way…with a good old schoolyard fist fight.

In the trailer we see Charlie Day seek fighting advice from a bunch of characters played by Tracy Morgan, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, and more.

Fist Fight hits theaters February 17, 2017.

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The Surprising Business Move Nas Just Made [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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Nas teamed up with Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing, along with some top of the line brands, to release a Ghostbusters clothing line. Celebrating the highly anticipated all-female reboot heading to theaters sometime this year, the clothing line is also a personal ode to movies for Nas, who says he’s a longtime Ghostbusters fan himself.

According to Vibe, the collection will be available for purchase in Los Angeles at the Rose Helman and at Colette in Paris. Click on the audio player for to hear more about Nas’ involvement in the project and his personal connection to it, in this exclusive audio from the Ed Lover Show.

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Chris Brown Talks Going From America’s Sweetheart To Public Enemy #1 In “Welcome To My Life” Documentary Trailer

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Chris Brown came into the game as a young kid fresh out of high school and in two short years, he became one of the biggest stars in the world. Chris had hit songs, a Double Mint chewing gum commercial deal, and a hot girlfriend. Then, at the young age of 19, his whole world came crashing down after he brutally assaulted Rihanna.

In a new documentary titled Welcome To My Life, Chris Brown gets emotional recalling the rise and fall of his career.

In the trailer, Chris admits, “I felt like a f–king monster. I was thinking about suicide and everything else. I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t eating. I just was getting high.”

Now 26 years old, the documentary about Chris’s life has cameos featuring Jamie Foxx, Usher, and J.Lo all singing his praises. While there is no official release date for the film yet, it’s already high on our must-see list.

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Ice Cube and Deon Cole To Talk Barbershop: The Next Cut & Hip-Hop With Jay Ski {Video}

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It was truly an honor sitting down with the legendary Ice Cube and funny man Deon Cole to chop it up about Hip-Hop, his son, and of course “Barbershop 3 The Next Cut” which comes out TODAY in theaters. Check out the interview above!

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6 Black Women Who Need Their Own Biopics…& The Actresses Who Should Play Them

Films about some of history’s most important Black female figures are infrequent, which is why news of a movie on the life of Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman sparked attention this week.

Rumors flew that singer Beyonce Knowles would help develop and star in the film about Baartman, who was taken into the slave trade and put on display in European “freak shows” nearly 200 years ago without her agency.

Immediately following the announcement, Beyonce’s camp denied any involvement in the project, but noted that Baartman’s story should be told. Baartman died at the tender age of 26, possibly from pneumonia, syphilis or alcoholism, BBC reports.

Nevertheless, Baartman’s strength despite being taken against her will for the sheer amusement of others is a story that needs to be on the silver screen with the right team behind it. Here at NewsOne, we came up with other prominent Black women whose stories haven’t been shared in a major motion picture. Find out some of our picks and suggestions on who should play each figure below.

You can let us know your own suggestions in the comment section below.

Zora Neale Hurston

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Dream Lead Picks: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Naomie Harris, Taraji P. Henson

The celebrated author has a complex story far beyond her classic novels. Hurston faced up to racism and ageist behavior by staying persistent. When her father was unable to pay for her to attend school, she lied about her age, attended school for free, and got an education that would take her to Howard University. She also took an interest in the images of dolls for young Black girls and helped create an “anthropologically correct” doll. There have been films that include Hurston, such as Brother to Brother, but the acclaimed writer and artist is well overdue for a solo biopic. [Bio]

Grace Bumbry

Grace Bumbry

Dream Lead Picks: Octavia Spencer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jill Scott 

American opera singer Grace Bumbry is considered one of the finest mezzo-sopranos of her generation, helping her leave an everlasting mark on classical music for African-American artists. Her charming performance of “Habanera” in the 1969 production of Carmen wowed critics, and her powerful vocal chords will go down in musical history. [AAUW Columbia (MO) Branch]

Dorothea Towles 

Dream Lead Picks: Zendaya, Kerry Washington, Alexandra Shipp 

“If you’re beautiful, they don’t care what color you are.” These were the words of the late Dorothea Towles, the first successful Black supermodel who walked the runways of Paris and stole the hearts of designers like Christian Dior. The Texan was the epitome of beauty and brains, with degrees in biology, drama, and a Masters of Science. Towles broke down racial barriers in Paris in the 1950s after she scored campaigns with Balmain and worked closely with the late Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. In addition to being the first Black woman to appear in a Maybelline print ad, she was also a frequent face on the covers of Jet and Ebony. [Shrimpton Curated]

Assata Shakur

Dream Lead Picks: Nicole Beharie, Teyonah Parris, Kerry Washington

Author, writer, and social activist Assata Olugbala Shakur’s story has been told in her own words through documentaries and autobiographies. While we know Hollywood may not be ready to tackle Shakur’s story, her fight against racism and prominence in the battle to promote Black history with the Black Panther and Black Liberation groups inspired many of today’s activists. Her story on the treatment of her infamous 1973 case involving the death of a New Jersey state trooper and residence in Cuba could also provide a much-needed contrasting view of the federal justice system.

Amelia Boynton Robinson

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Dream Lead Picks: Lorraine Toussaint, Regina King, Tamara Tunie

The late Amelia Boynton Robinson was one of the early leaders of the Civil Rights Movement prior to Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts in the ’60s. She began by organizing voting drives for African-Americans in Alabama in the 1930s. She is also one of the figures who put together the march known as “Bloody Sunday” in Selma. Robinson’s name and image would go down in history that weekend, when a photo of her lying on the ground during the police backlash caught national attention. Her efforts came full circle when she marched with President Barack Obama on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in March of last year. [Cracked]

Madam Efunroye Tinubu

Dream Lead Picks: Viola Davis, Yaya DeCosta, Yvonne Okoro

Popular West African aristocrat Madam Tinubu was considered one of Nigeria’s biggest adversaries against the invading army of Dahomey. Known as the Iyalode of Egbaland, Tinubu gained financial and social wealth after successfully trading products like arms and salt, and actively participating in the peak of the Atlantic Slave trade. Researchers have disputed Tinubu’s use of slavery. While some say she stopped after discovering her local trades were being taken to North America, others believe she was strongly against abolition.

Because of her royal roots, she was also part of the various stand-offs between political leaders in Nigeria. Her story involving building businesses in a world were women were systemically oppressed is more than enough reason for a film, no? [Original People]

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The Most Anticipated Movies Of 2016

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens closed 2015 by making over a billion dollars in two weeks, so we are going to go ahead and say that last year was great for film. Now, on paper 2016 is shaping up to be even better.

This year we are looking towards checking out all types of movies from blockbusters, sequels, remakes and reboots.

While there are a bunch of amazing movies coming out this year, here are the top 16 movies that we want to see the most.

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The Magnificent Seven | September 2016 – Remember when you saw Denzel Washington looking like a washed up uncle at the Mayweather fight last year? Well it was for his role in this upcoming remake of the 1960’s western called The Magnificent Seven. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Matt Bomer, but there isn’t any real information on plot just yet.

Doctor Strange | November 2016 – Benjamin Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange in yet another addition to the Marvel universe. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Benjamin says, “There’s all sorts of craziness [in Doctor Strange]. Falling, flying, jumping, fighting, punching, getting punched. It’s really rough and tumble.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | December 2016 – If you make a billion dollars in two weeks you have to find more story to tell. 2016 will introduce us to the Rogue One. This movie tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film has a great cast that includes Felicity Jones and Oscar winning actor Forrest Whittaker.

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | November 2016 – The world of Harry Potter is getting bigger as the latest from J.K. Rowling to hit the big screen. This story is set in New York City, 70 years before Harry Potter read the books of Newt Scamander in Hogwarts. Eddie Redmayne stars in this one so the acting is bound to be stellar.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | March 2016 – Who isn’t excited to see Batman meet Superman as DC sets the stage for its cross branding franchise? After years of talk, we finally get to see just how great or bad Ben Affleck’s Batman will be, but judging from the trail it’s going to be epic.

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad | August 2016 – We don’t have to wait long to get more from the DC universe as the superhero giant takes the time to introduce us to the Suicide Squad. Basically this is Warner Bros. saying, “Another one!” With an all-star cast that includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, we are hype for this squad.

Ride Along 2 | January 2016 – We don’t have to wait long to see this one as 2016 is looking to start off with a hilarious ride in Miami. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube reunite for Ride Along 2, and this one is bigger, funnier and better.

The Purge 3 | July 2016 – If for no other reason than our desire and fear of The Purge being real, we are down to sit through another one of these. Since these movies keep making a lot of money, they seem to keep figuring out how to make them work.

Independence Day: Resurgence | June 2016 – We still can’t wait to see what they come up with for this one even though Will opted out of being in this film. He starred in After Earth, which was very similar to what his role would have been like in this film. The question still remains, will they pull it off or will they mess it up like Meek Mill did The Undertaker’s beat? The plot for this one is as follows: using recovered extraterrestrial technology, the nations of Earth collaborate on an immense defense program to protect the planet. When the aliens attack with unprecedented force, only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save the world.

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Finding Dory | June 2016 – When the poster for this one was released, it trended for a couple of days on Twitter. Ellen DeGeneres returns and who doesn’t want to see what happened to Nemo and Dory?

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Barbershop: The Next Cut | April 2016 – Ice Cube continues his impressive Hollywood run with Straight Outta Compton, Ride Along 2 and then another installment of Barbershop. The man can’t be stopped. Nicki Minaj, Eve, and JB Smoove make this a film filled with something you’re sure to like.

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Captain America: Civil War | May 2016 – Captain America and Ironman are finally going head to head. This one has been building for years and we start to see some of the new Avengers in action including Black Panther. Disney’s Marvel Studios can’t do any wrong, so this one should be a lay up to kick off the blockbuster season.

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X-Men: Apocalypse | May 2016 – In what might be the last time we see some of the actors put on their X-Men character uniforms, it’s going to be worth seeing for that reason alone. Plus we get to see Alexandra Shipp, who starred as Aaliyah in Lifetime’s biopic make her debut as Storm. We’re with that.

Gambit | October 2016 – Information is still light for this one but we do know Channing Tatum is Gambit and we can only hope that we learn more about the film from watching X-Men Apocalypse.

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist | June 2016 – The first one scared us senseless and now part two looks to pick up where the it left off. Based on true events we get another glimpse at the tales from Ed and Lorraine Warren. Little is known on the plot but since the same folks are behind this one, we are all in.

Ghostbusters | July 2016 – An all female Ghostbusters. It’s a different world from the classic Ghostbusters franchise we all know and love, but this one is in good hands. And with the cast for and some great special effects it will be interesting to see how it all comes together.

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The 15 Best Movies Of 2015

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2015 was an exceptional year for film. It started off with offerings like Disney’s Strange Magic and Kevin Hart’s The Wedding Ringer, two movies that set the pace. Selma had a wide release in January and fans got to see the Glory that was Martin Luther King.

The rest of the year just kept getting better with releases like Kingsman: The Secret Service, 50 Shades of Grey, and Will Smith’s Focus ruling February’s box office. March was even better with Get Hard and Home, an animated flick starring Rihanna – but it was a robot named Chappie that left a lasting impression on us throughout the year.

Great movies came out every month, but May is when it really got special. Mad Max: Fury Road kicked off blockbuster season with a high-speed chase and a lot of action. Follow that up with Avengers: Age Of UltronJurassic World, and DOPE.

The summer brought us even more cinematic brilliance with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Entourage, Ant-Man, Trainwreck, Mission Impossible, and South Paw.

But August gave us the true gold of the year with the record-breaking Straight Outta Compton, which to date has made over $161 million at the box office. Follow that up with a strong September, which produced movies like Black Mass and Sicario, which deserve a lot of attention during award season.

A strong fourth quarter closed out the year with a bang, with movies like Spectre, The Big Short, and Christmas Day releases that could easily be the best movie of the year on anyone’s list.

And while we know great film, we also still appreciate blockbusters and movies for the masses. Here are our favorite movies of 2015.

Jurassic Park

15: Jurassic World | June 12th, 2015 | Universal Pictures

Synopsis: A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction–a genetically modified giant stealth machine–escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: Jurassic World is a fun thriller that will have you in suspense throughout the entire movie. The film is filled with easter eggs that honor the original and brings you back while introducing new fans to dinosaurs and the possibility of another big franchise.

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14: Furious 7 | April 3th, 2015 | Universal Pictures

Synopsis: After defeating an international terrorist named Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto, (Vin Diesel) Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) Owen’s older brother, is thirsty for revenge and does whatever it takes to get it.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: The best way to send off Paul Walker is with an epic film. The story is good, and it was more of the unbelievable hijinks this franchise is known for, but hey – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Me, Earl And The Dying Girl

13: Me and Earl and The Dying Girl | June 12th, 2015 | Fox Searchlight

Synopsis: High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his friend Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: It’s a real tear-jerker about three friends and how cancer can affect more than a person’s health. It’s a heartwarming movie you’ll need a box of Kleenex to watch.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

12: Kingsman: The Secret Service | February 13th, 2015 | 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: Samuel L. Jackson shines as an evil mastermind, but when you add in a great story and perfectly choreographed fight scenes, it will be clear why it made our list.

Ant Man

11: Ant-Man | June 17th, 2015 | Disney

Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: Disney’s newest addition to the Marvel Universe fits in perfectly and sets up more characters to join the Avengers franchise, as others become too expensive to keep putting in the movies. Ant-Man is funny, action-packed, and worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet.

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10: Star Wars: The Force Awakens | December 18th, 2015 | Disney

Synopsis: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: The Force is strong with this one, as we meet a few new players to join the Resistance. After the last trilogy fell a little short, Force Awakens surpassed all expectations.

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9: Dope | June 19th, 2015 | Open Road Films

Synopsis: Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This movie is a complete mind freak, as Malcolm and his friends flip the script on what it is to be young and Black in America.

Sicario

8: Sicario | September 18th, 2015 | Lionsgate

Synopsis: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This movie highlights everything fascinating about Mexican drug lords in just over two hours. Great performances by everyone involved and it doesn’t have your stereotypical Hollywood ending.

Black Mass

7: Black Mass | September 18th, 2015 | Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This movie is about a gangster, but it doesn’t glorify the mafia. Exceptional acting and a brilliant performance by Johnny Depp makes this a must on your must-see list.

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6: Concussion | December 25th, 2015 | Sony

Synopsis: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: It’s a powerful film that will have you looking at football differently after you see it. This might be Will Smith’s best performance ever.

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5: Mad Max: Fury Road | May 15th, 2015 | Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia and takes off on a search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: There isn’t a lot of dialog in this movie, but what it lacks in quotable moments, it makes up for in action, chaos, and mayhem. Charlize Theron holds this movie down, while Tom Hardy plays sidekick.

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4: Creed: | November 25th, 2015 | Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: Former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This might be the best film in the Rocky franchise, but it’s definitely the best acting performance by Sylvester Stallone. Our boy Michael B. Jordan does a great job as Adonis Creed and holds it together, even taking a real punch on the chin to make it more authentic.

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3: The Revenant | December 25th, 2015 | 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: In the 1820s, a frontiersman named Hugh Glass sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This is Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performance ever and he holds nothing back in order to make the story more believable. Watching him go back and forth with Tom Hardy is highly entertaining and engaging.

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2: Straight Outta Compton | August 14th, 2015 | Universal Pictures

Synopsis: The group N.W.A. emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes hip-hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: A very true telling of the story of N.W.A. with amazing portrayals from Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Wright as Eazy-E. It’s a movie anyone can relate to – regardless of their music of choice.

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1: The Hateful Eight | December 25th, 2015 | The Weinstein Company

Synopsis: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard, but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: Another one from Quentin Tarantino. The Hateful Eight is filled with stellar acting, a great story, stunning shots, and a lot of violence. Samuel L. Jackson puts a stamp on his great year in movies with an excellent performance. Walton Goggins is superb as well.

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6 Things To Watch In Order To Be Ready For “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens kicks off tonight; that’s right, the latest installment of the legendary franchise hits theaters today. If you’re like me, you’ve probably forgotten most of the reason why there is indeed a war among the stars other than the fact that (spoiler alert) Darth Vader is Luke’s father.

But luckily for you, I’ve been cramming everything Star Wars of late, so I’m going to give you a cheat sheet to getting caught up in time to enjoy the movie and not be completely lost.

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First, you need a quick crash course. Here is a dope video a fan made explaining the whole franchise in just under ten minutes. Actually, this video thoroughly recaps Star Wars and is basically all you need. But keep reading anyway.

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You gotta get to know the movie’s breakout star, John Boyega. No other way to do that thoroughly than to watch the film that got him the role, Attack The Block. It was one of the best films of 2011.

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Right before going to see the new Star Wars, check out these fun 15 facts about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I did not know any of these things.

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If you’re a fan of this franchise you know it’s all about the mistakes, so let’s take a look at some of the onscreen blunders the movie made by watching the above video.

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And here are 10 mistakes the original Star Wars made – because these characters are the ones who started it all.

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Sure, cramming for a test is great, but nothing beats actually studying. So if you’re down to sit through the first six episodes, you can stream it all online for 89 bucks using Amazon Prime streaming features. Add the app on your Smart TV, Apple TV, Roku, or whatever you use and you’re in there like swimwear. Each DVD is running around $19.99, so a box set will save you some bread.

Anyway, I gotta go make sure I get a good seat for Star Wars The Force Awakens. In the meantime, RIP, Jar Jar Binks.

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