Monday Movie Report: Barry Jenkins to work on Alvin Ailey biopic

Oscar-caliber director Barry Jenkins is working with Fox Searchlight on a new biopic.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins, who directed the Academy Award winning “Moonlight,” and followed up that with last year’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” (which made my top 10 list) is now working on a biopic about Alvin Ailey. A choreographer and dancer, Ailey was an influential artist who received Kennedy Center Honors and, posthumously, the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

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REVIEW: New ‘Aladdin’ never surpasses animated version

It’s true nobody can replace Robin Williams, but in all fairness, Will Smith probably provides this new “Aladdin” a lot of energy.

The movie is of course based on the 1992 animated feature with the same name. Like that film, “Aladdin” 2019 follows the titular character (Mena Massoud) living on the streets of the city state Agrabah. In his adventures to survive by pick-pocketing and running hustles, he meets a young woman who’s secretly Agrabah’s princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

The two form a connection, yet Aladdin of course has trouble getting to know her since her home is at the palace. As part of his desperation, Aladdin comes in contact with a power hungry Vizier, Jafar (Marwan Kenzari). Jafar offers Aladdin riches if he goes inside a cave of wonders and retrieves a lamp. Things don’t go exactly to plan, though, and Aladdin ends up with the lamp and meets a Genie (Will Smith) who can grant three wishes.

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Movie Report: Third ‘Kingsman’ in the works

Deadline is reporting Director Matthew Vaughn is working on the third “Kingsman” picture.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the third film will end the era of the two spies Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton and Harry, portrayed by Colin Firth. The series started with “Kingsman The Secret Service” in 2014 and continued with “The Golden Circle” in 2017.

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Monday Movie Report: WWII drama, hijacking thriller among flicks picked up at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival is continuing to make headlines in the industry, with several movies getting picked up for future release.

Most recently, Fox Searchlight picked up “A Hidden life,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Terrence Malick, the picture is a World War II drama about an Austrian farmer who becomes a conscientious objector and refused to serve the Nazi regime and was later jailed.

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REVIEW: Want a film so bad it’s good? ‘The Intruder’ is your movie

I’d never argue that “The Intruder” is a good movie by any means. But I can’t deny that it is really entertaining.

The thriller now playing in theaters follows a young, wealthy couple, Annie (Meagan Good) and Scott (Michael Ealy). The two live in San Francisco but are looking to move to a more rural area. They decide on Napa Valley and check out a house for sale in a secluded area, owned by Charlie (Dennis Quaid).

Charlie, who now lives by himself after losing his wife, is selling the house for a high price, but decides to knock some dollars off because he likes Annie and Scott. The purchase is finalized and the married couple moves in to the new home. However, Charlie seems to have a hard time letting go as he often drops by the couple to check on them and see if they need help with the property. Eventually, Charlie’s behavior starts to worry Scott, as he comes across like he’s hiding something.

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REVIEW: ‘The Sun is also a Star’ is only a two star movie

“The Sun is Also a Star.” The North Star is also a star. And now I just miss the North Stars.

Anyway, there’s a movie to review. “The Sun is Also a Star” is the latest romance film based on a young adult novel. Of course, the movie follows two young adults, Natasha (Yara Shahidi) and Daniel (Charles Melton). Natasha is a Jamaican whose family is about to be deported back to Jamaica by the U.S. Government, while Daniel, whose family immigrated from Korea, is preparing to apply for college.

One day, through a chance encounter, the two meet and after talking, find out that they have differing opinions. Daniel believes in fate, destiny, and thinks that the universe brought them together. Natasha is much more of a skeptic, to the point where she doesn’t believe in fate or love. To convince her, Daniel suggests they spend the day together to prove who’s right and see if they fall in love.

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REVIEW: ‘John Wick 3’ thrills with top tier action

Mr. Wick is back and as the Latin phrase in this movie’s title implies, he’s going to war.

“John Wick: Chapter 3” picks off right after the events of the second film, so seeing that one is probably a good idea before checking this out. Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a man now on the run. After breaking the rules of the criminal underworld in part two, every assassin in New York City, and basically the world, are after him for a multi-million dollar bounty.

As a result, Wick searches for a way to reverse his predicament and atone for his transgressions. His journey brings him to Sofia (Halle Barry), a person from his past who decides to help him find someway to make amends. The quest remains a difficult one, though, as the group running crime at a worldwide scale want Wick, and anyone who’s helped him, eliminated.

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REVIEW: Don’t let this flick ‘Hustle’ your time or money

When a comedy film isn’t funny, sitting through it can be a major chore. “The Hustle” is one of those movies.

Rebel Wilson plays Penny in “Hustle,” a woman who often runs small-scale scams, hustles and cons in the United States. With people catching on to her actions, though, Penny decides to leave the country and head to Europe to continue her operations.

There, through a chance meeting and a series of events, Penny meets a top class con-artist named Josephine (Anne Hathaway). Not only are the two at different levels in skills, but they’re also on the opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of personality. Their differences eventually evolve into a rivalry and they decide to see who can pull off the largest swindle on a rich tech developer named Thomas (Alex Sharp).

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REVIEW: ‘Detective Pikachu’ doesn’t have the most interesting case file

I was at one point a Poke-expert. I watched the never-ending anime, read any of the manga I could get my hands on, and of course played Pocket Monsters on my Gameboy, the Yellow-Pikachu edition.

So “Detective Pikachu” was a film where I was able to pick up a lot of what’s going on and enjoyed some of the Easter Eggs for fans thrown in here and there. However, the question of whether or not it’s a good movie is a whole other story.

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Monday Movie Report: Russo Bros. to produce Hemsworth pic, other casting news

Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed “Avengers: Endgame” are teaming up with “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth again for a new film, according to The Wrap.

The Wrap reports that the Russos have agreed to produce a buddy cop film which will feature Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish. The Wrap also notes that the project is being introduced at the Cannes Film Festival.

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