Tag Archives: Tiffany Haddish

Uncle Drew (2018) Review

A FUN “PAINT-BY-NUMBERS”

UNDERDOG FEATURE


 

Sports movies are a “dime a dozen”, usually presenting a sort of “underdog” tale of overcoming the odds and adversity in order to project type of inspirational feeling and/ or a “glimpse” into the sometimes-hidden world of that particular sport (i.e. beyond what commonly known). While there has been a variety of sports depicted in feature films, including football, soccer, rugby, baseball, tales that revolve around the sport of basketball have been around for quite some time, spinning narratives that are both familiar of a player / team coming together to beat the odds or to triumph on their own personal merits from both on and off the court. This includes films like 1992’s White Men Can’t Jump, 1996’s Space Jam, 1998’s He Got Game, 2005’s Coach Carter, and 2006’s Glory Road just to name a few that have presented a cinematic tale to the sport of basketball. Now, Summit Entertainment (A Lionsgate company) and director Charles Stone III present the latest basketball themed movie with the film Uncle Drew. Does this latest sport-themed endeavor make the winning shot or does it completely miss its mark? Read more

Night School (2018) Review

A COMEDY WITH AN

OKAY-ISH PASSING GRADE


 

Over the years, Kevin Hart has proven to be a “bankable” star in this current age of Hollywood. This comedian-turned-actor started out in the comedy club circuit (winning amateur comedic competitions landing some small roles in several projects, including Judd Apatow’s short-lived TV series Undeclared as well as several films like 2002’s Paper Soldier, 2003’s Scary Movie 3, and 2005’s In the Mix. With his growing reputation, Hart caught his first “big break” in his performance in 2012’s Think Like a Man, which legitimized him in the mainstream media of feature length films. From there, as he continued to release stand-up comedy specials, Hart’s popularity grew in the movie industry, soon finding himself being paired with some other big-name actors on the silver screen, including rapper / actor Ice Cube in 2014’s Ride Along (and its 2016 sequel), comedian actor Will Ferrell in 2015’s Get Hard, and former wrestler / actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in 2016’s Central Intelligence and 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Additionally, Hart’s very “animated” voice has also proven to be successful in animated cartoon feature films, providing vocal talents in Illumination’s 2016 The Secret Life of Pets and DreamWorks’s 2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Now, Universal Pictures and director Malcolm D. Lee see Kevin Hart star alongside up and coming comedian actress Tiffany Haddish in the movie Night School. Does this film “make the grade” with its comedic styles or does it fail its own cinematic test? Read more

Girls Trip (2017) Review

DEFINITELY WORTH THE TRIP


 

As we reach the end of July (in the year of 2017), the films being released this year have been hit or miss, with some being poignant, profitable, and well-received, while others have been dismal, shallow, and flat out box office bombs. And that doesn’t count all the other movies that fall in-between these two extremes. For the varying films genres, there’s been some well-received / box-office success 2017 movies ranging from horror (Spilt), to action (The Fate of the Furious), to kid-friendly (Beauty and the Beast), to superhero blockbusters (Wonder Woman or Spider-Man: Homecoming) and so on and so forth. However, the comedy films of 2017 have been seriously lacking from mediocre hits like How to be a Latin Lover and Going Out in Style to disappointing ones like Rough Night, Snatched, Fist Fight, and Baywatch. As of yet, there really hasn’t been a good 2017 movie. Now, in way to rectify that, Universal Pictures and director Malcolm D. Lee present the newest comedy film Girls Trip. Does this latest comedy romp rise above its 2017 predecessors or does it fail (like so many others) to find its humor within its story? Read more