FAST X – Review by Susan Granger

Fasten your seat belts! Fast X – the 10th installment in the Fast and Furious franchise – is just the first of a three-part finale revolving around continuing saga of street-racing vigilantes, headed by mumbling Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). No longer satisfied with L.A, drag racing, the action-packed locations include stunts and demolition in Rome, London, Rio de Janeiro, Antarctica and outer space (not really!) – on a $340 million budget.

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FAST X – Review by Susan Kamyab

Unfortunately, this was one of the worst Fast and Furious films. I think we all expect the movies to be silly and they have always been self-aware of how ridiculous they can be with their impossible stunts. But sadly, Fast X just proves that the franchise is running out of gas. Fast X pushes the boundaries of how far their over-the-top storylines and action can go. These movies should go back to the basics of films 1 through 5 and stay more focused. Also, enough with the dramatic “all about family” conversations. Even with outlandish plots and stunts, the dialogue can at least be realistic. Fast X” does end on a cliffhanger, setting up for what is supposed to be the franchise’s final film. If that’s the case, what they have put in place could make for a better second half of this story and hopefully, a respectable goodbye.

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FAST X – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

After 22 years, the Fast and Furious franchise finally gets a memorable villain in Fast X, thanks to Jason Momoa. This series needs an adversary as gonzo as its off-the-wall antics, and bless Momoa (Slumberland) for going the extra mile and then some. As the son of the drug lord whom the crew robbed and killed by hauling a vault through the streets of Rio in 2011’s Fast Five, his character has a vendetta against Fast’s extended faaaaamily.

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FAST X – Review by T. J. Callahan

Dominic Toretto and his team of heisting hoodlums with hearts are still pushing the pedal to the metal 21 years after they first got their license to drive to the top of the Box Office. There’s no truth to the rumor that the working title for this 10th installment was Fast X-LAX. After all, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the rest of the family have been kicking butt and taking names since 2001. That’s a lot of stress on the body, but in Fast X there is no easing up on the gas and no brake (break) in sight….until at least Fast 12.

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80 FOR BRADY – Review by T.J. Callahan

At least Tom Brady has something to look forward to this February. Welcome to AARP Theater. When the median age of the four female stars of a movie is 84, expect a lot of old timer jokes along with flirting, fumbling and finally inspiration. That’s exactly what you get if your game plan includes 80 For Brady, the inspired by true events story of four New England Patriot fans who decide to go to Super Bowl 51 in Houston to see their beloved Tom Brady play in person.

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80 FOR BRADY – Review by Susan Kamyab

80 For Brady plays out about as well as Tom Brady did in his last game against the Cowboys. It’s a major fumble in almost every aspect. 80 for Brady is loosely based on the true story of a group of best friends who are Tom Brady superfans. In the film, they take a life-changing trip to the Superbowl to see their hero play. The journey to get to the game has a few of bumps along the way, including lost tickets, health scares, and an accidental drugging. And through all that, you might chuckle a few times, but a lot of the comedy is forced and rushed.

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THE PRANK (SXSW 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

A sweet little gumdrop of a film with a deliberately bitter aftertaste, The Prank is the charming black comedy revenge fantasy we need right now. While the plot may be too OTT for some, it is surely these very excesses that make the film the wild ride that it is as it puts the casual cruelty of youth in its crosshairs. The Prank is far from didactic, however, and director Maureen Bharoocha does an impressive job creating an immersive world where the slights of adolescence sting oh-so sharply, and the fleeting yet all-encompassing irrationality of the moment seems to somehow make sense.

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THE PRANK (SXSW 2022) – Review by Joan Amenn

The Prank purrs like a twisted kitten when Rita Moreno and David Keith face off against each other. As high school physics teacher Mrs. Wheeler and principal Henderson respectively, there mutual loathing bubbling under a veneer of professional courtesy is just priceless. There are some great moments of satirical commentary about the fleeting attention spans induced by social media but the plot is fairly predictable.

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AWFJ Announces 2021 EDA Award Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

The Power of the Dog sweeps the 2021 AWFJ EDA Awards with Wins in 11 out of 25 Categories. Multiple EDA Awards also go to Belfast and Encanto, and curator Maya Cade claims the Outstanding Achievement Award for founding the Black Cinema Archives. Dame Judi Dench and Ms. Rita Moreno are our Grande Dames, and guess who captured the She Deserves A New Agent Award.

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