MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Angelina Jolie shines in the dark and enchanting Disney, fantasy adventure Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Directed by Joachim Rønning from a script by Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue, this follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster Maleficent is a spirited revenge thriller.

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HUSTLERS – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Jennifer Lopez sizzles in the sexy, crime drama, “Hustlers” from director/writer Lorene Scafaria, which is about a group of savvy women strippers who exact revenge on their rich Wall Street clients. The movie is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores.”

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WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

In Director and Screenwriter Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette,Cate Blanchett stars as the title character, Bernadette Fox, a well-respected Los Angeles architect who was on top of the world until a series of unfortunate events turned her life upside down. When Bernadette unexpectedly disappears from home, her husband (Billy Crudup) and young daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson) set out on an exciting adventure to find her, while Bernadette does some soul-searching of her own.

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THE KITCHEN – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

The Kitchen, from director Andrea Berloff, is a crime thriller based on the DC Entertainment/Vertigo comic book miniseries of the same name. The movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters. The women decide to get tough and take over organized crime operations in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood when their husbands are sent to prison.

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HOBBS & SHAW – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

In Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw the new spin-off drama from the Fast & Furious franchise, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) reluctantly join forces to take down a cybernetically enhanced villain (Idris Elba) who is hellbent on obtaining a super virus so he can develop mean, lean fighting hybrid machines like him that will rule the world.

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STUBER – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista make a dynamic duo in the funny new buddy comedy, Stuber from director Michael Dowse. Nanjiani plays a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu who is working to make a few extra bucks to impress the girl of his dreams. But when a buffed and brash LAPD Detective recruits Stu to track down a drug lord, Stu is in for the wildest ride of his life.

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African-American Women Winners Make History at 91st Oscars – Lana K. Wilson-Combs reports

The 91st Annual Academy Awards set records for honoring African-American women. Regina King won “Best Supporting Actress” for If Beale Street Could Talk. Hannah Beachler received an Oscar for “Best Production Design” and Ruth E. Carter took home another for “Best Costume Design” for their work on Black Panther. Read what they had to say about their films and historic wins.

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THE EQUALIZER 2 – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

In The Equalizer 2, from director Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent 7 remake), Washington plays Robert McCall, a retired CIA Black Ops operative turned Lyft driver in Boston who still dispenses, swift, street justice to anyone who wrongs or harms innocent people. It’s best that you simply do the right thing and play by the rules, otherwise it’s not going to end well for you. Robert (Washington) has adapted to his quiet lifestyle now. He still misses his wife and fills his time reading and talking with his Lyft passengers.

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