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Friday, March 3, 2017

Movie Madness! What movies you should check out and Why!

It's Must See March! Tomorrow, the much anticipated sequel to the Wolverine and star Hugh Jackman's last turn as Wolverine in the X-Men movie franchise, Logan is a story where in 2029 where no more mutants have been born and Logan formerly Wolverine is the last X-Man alive taking care of an aged and weakened Professor X (Patrick Stewart reprises his notable role) finds himself back out retirement when a cyborg mutant hunting squad (probably the Reavers- a long time enemy of the X-Men in the comics) on the hunt for a mysterious young mutant girl who is need of Logan and Prof X's help and protection.

Taking from the popular Old Man Logan Marvel storyline, director James Manigold was limited what Marvel Comics characters could be involved has done a masterfully good job of crafting a story that is Wolverine and in the world of the X-Men film franchise. This movie takes a new direction as it is more of an Noir-Western movie instead of a superhero movie. Young child actress Daphne Keen makes an awesome X23 and fans like myself are hopeful that maybe this could be a passing of the baton as X23 could maybe appear in other X-Men films (X-Men: Supernova is said to be in production which is a follow up to X-Men: Apocalypse) Rotten Tomatoes have gave Logan a favorable review in 93 percentile (SEE ROTTEN TOMATOES REVIEW HERE), Hollywood Reporter gave the movie its blessing (CHECK THEM OUT AS WELL) and IGN has gave the movie a 9.7 out of 10 (CHECK IT OUT HERE).

Keanu Reeves is back with a vengeance in John Wick 2 where we find him with his new no named dog who continues his mission of getting back his car from Russian mobsters. I guess Mr. Wick is a man of principle, you don't steal John Wick's car, shoot up his home and kill his dog which his departed wife who died of cancer had gifted to him as a last gift to him. Apparently being an retired hitman, the game won't let him go which the story takes him to Rome and back. The movie also features fellow Matrix trilogy movie alumni Lawrence Fishburne and Common also tries to steal the show from Mr. Wick. The movie is a must see for action junkies. Beware it does get gory as John Wick goes literally on a massive one man killing spree against the world. The story is not the best. But much like a lot of the Transformer movies and maybe GI Joe movies as well, John Wick: Chapter 2 is for action junkies. More blood than a Mortal Kombat game so be prepared.

Hidden Figures is the untold story about three Black women living in my hometown of Hampton, Virginia who became very instrumental in NASA during the space race of trying to beat the Russians. This movie is historically important and prior to this movie I was never taught about Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The movie is scored by legendary Virginia Beach producer and artist, Pharrell Williams. Johnson, Vaughn and Jackson endured racism and sexism while working at NASA and these women were very intelligent making far better calculations than computers could do during that time period in the 50s. See more about Johnson, Vaughn and Jackson here at the SMITHSONIAN.

This movie is still getting a lot of plays in the theaters and if you are lucky you may be able to find it on Facebook Live but you didn't get that from us. We would like to plea the fifth. This is definitely a great movie to take the family to and the kids as well because prior to the release and numerous book signings of the book and this movie was not known and we here at Rated Next would sincerely hope that some teachers will choose to teach about who and how great Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson were and teach their students that if these three women became so good in math they were human computers and made big contributions to NASA then anything is possible. The movie stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Janelle Monae makes her acting debut as Mary Jackson, and Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn, Kirsten Dundst and Kevin Costner. Also, musically the soundtrack features new music by Pharrell, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keyes, Mary J. Blige and more:

Collide is a heist with a love story twist. If you loved movies like Speed and Gone in 60 Seconds then this movie is for you. To pay for his girlfriend's (Felicity Jones) medical emergency while abroad, a desperate man (Nicholas Hoult) hatches a scheme to pull off a drug heist for an eccentric gangster (Anthony Hopkins). After a failed attempt, he must now race across Europe and against time to save the life of the woman he loves.

We can all admit that we grew up with Legos. But this generation has seen several varieties of Lego toys and even cartoons and movies featuring Legos such as Legos Nexo Knights, Lego Avengers, Legos Justices League and even previously The Lego Movie. This year we get Lego Batman movie featuring voice talents such as Will Arnett as Batman, Zach Galiafianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Billy Dee Williams, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Zoe Kravitz and more (SEE THE FULL CAST HERE). This movie is definitely for the kids and kids at heart. Batman defends Gotham City and as usual with anything related to Batman against the likes of his villains such as the Joker, Catwoman, Two Face and his usual Rogues gallery and learning how to work with his sidekicks Robin voice by Jonah Hill and Batgirl voiced by Rosario Dawson. This Lego Batman movie has drawn a lot of campy comparisons to the Adam West Batman TV series. Please don't do the Battusi dance though lol.

X-Men franchise James McAvoy plays Kevin who has multiple personality disorder with 23 distinct different personalities abducts three teenage girls in this psychological horror thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those personalites contained within him - as well as everyone around him - as the walls between his mental compartments shatter apart. This film will keep on the edge of your seat.

In the movie Sleepless, Jamie Foxx plays an undercover cop Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice. This movie features back to back action and we definitely think Jamie will deserve an award for this movie. One of his finest performances. Also Michelle Monaghan stars as Jamie Foxx character's wife and T.I. has a role in the movie too. But I don't want to give it away for you so make sure you check it out.

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