Barbershop: The Next Cut Passes

Ice Cube is back in the barbershop as owner and community activist Calvin Palmer, Jr. in Barbershop: The Next Cut!

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Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and the rest of the gang must work together to save his shop and the neighborhood.

There are TWO screenings for Barbershop: The Next Cut!  Please see below for specific times and information:

Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 8:00PM

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Both screenings will be held at AMC Waterfront 22.  For tickets, please comment below with your favorite Barbershop moment.  Personally, the first one was the best– Eve was at the peak of her rap career, Ice Cube was confirming his transition from gangster rapper to known actor and filmmaker, and Cedric the Entertainer brought everything together as the shop patriarch.  It was the first time we saw a movie of that kind.

 

 Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Top Five Is Just What We Needed From Chris Rock

Chris Rock has become a household name as legendary standup comedian, Saturday Night Live vet, and most recently, as the voice of Marty the Zebra in the Madagascar series. But, the 49-year-old has dabbled in movie production and direction too. In his latest flick, Top Five, Rock is pretty much playing himself. Andre Allen (Rock) is a big-time movie star who fears going back into the comedy world after 4 years of sobriety and a chain reaction of box office flops.

Top Five, which also stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, and Gabrielle Union, is one of this year’s most creative and witty movies. Chris Rock, in true fashion, pushes the envelope with his racy, vulgar humor. One joke in particular involved a quick jab at JFK and the grassy knoll, so you can image the level of inappropriate hilarity.

Rapping buddies Jay Z and Kanye West serve as co-producers of the film. While the Roots’ Questlove managed the movie’s score as executive music producer. With that many musical geniuses involved, I was a little bummed to actually hear the music featured in the movie. The soundtrack was unoriginal and was filled with your everyday radio playlist.

While the music was predictable, the random listings of favorite rappers held more weight than that of the actual musical selection. The topic, specifically hip-hop, infrequently surfaced throughout the movie as characters discussed their own top rappers. This dialogue was the impromptu spice to this filmic feast.

There are so many surprise guests, both comedians and entertainers. So many wonderful, hilarious cameos that I am not willing to spoil their appearances. The obvious funny men, Cedric the Entertainer and Kevin Hart, were amongst the elite group.

Rosario Dawson’s character resonated with me personally and professionally. She played Chelsea Brown, a New York Times film critic who ghost writes under other names. I am Chelsea Brown- the journalist who wears many hats in the hopes of telling an honest story. Unlike other story chasers, we both possess the need to uncover the great, positive stories rather than dig up dirt.

This field is no easy ballpark. Between meetings some one-dimensional people and tasteless headlines, the idea of making newsworthy, well-written pieces is minimal. While there are some great perks to this work, it can get sidetracked with fame, recognition, and greed.

4 STARS: Chris Rock needed this movie. Chris Rock fans also needed this movie. Top Five is undeniably an amusing reflection of selecting and ranking who or what is most important in any given subject.

Since no one dared to show love to the ladies of hip-hop, here’s my Top Five Female Lyricists of All Time:

1.) Lauryn Hill
2.) MC Lyte
3.) Lil’ Kim
4.) Nicki Minaj
5.) Foxy Brown

Honorable Mention: Queen Latifah


Who’s in your Top Five?

Top Five Passes

Written, directed , and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union,  Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart,  Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd,  Leslie Jones.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.  The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.  

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The screening of TOP FIVE at the AMC Waterfront 22 on Tuesday, December 9th, beginning at 7:30 PM.  For your tickets, comment below with your favorite Chris Rock movie, joke, and/or moment.  I’ll start with my mine:  As vulgar as this may be, Chris Rock has comedy skit where he said women will dance to or enjoy any type of music- no matter how degrading the song is! “From the windows to the walls,  To the sweat drop down my balls, To all these b—— crawl, To all skeet skeet…”  I laughed so hard because it’s true!  I will literally dance to any song, if the melody is right and the song is catchy!

Top Five (R)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

AMC Waterfront 22

Gofobo Code: PMSQ

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Smurfs 2

Smurfs 2

The Smurfs are back!

Smurfette (voice by Katy Perry) and her little blue Smurf friends have returned again to save their land from the evil sorcerer, Gargamel (Hank Azaria).

Smurfs 2 shows the Winslow family going on another journey to save the Smurfs and their entire existence. Pat and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) recruit their son, Blue (Jacob Tremblay) and Pat’s stepfather, Victor (Brendan Gleeson), to help Papa Smurf and his friends save Smurfette from Gargamel.

Gargamel, who originally created Smurfette, is now a worldwide celebrity performing magic tricks with the Blue magic extracted by the Smurfs. There’s only one problem! Gargamel is running low on his Blue magic and has devised an evil plan to obtain enough of the magical formula to rule the world. With the help of two naughty Smurfs, Vexy (voice by Christina Ricci) and Hackus (voice by J.B. Smoove), Gargarmel captures Smurfette to get the Blue magic formula. It’s a battle of the nice Smurfs versus the naughty Smurfs.

Smurfs 2 has an all-star cast with superstars like former NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal, NBC’s The Office B.J. Novak, and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. All too many times, smaller actors like J.B. Smoove are overlooked. In Smurf’s 2, he plays Smurfette’s naughty brother, Hackus, and completely displays his diverse, charismatic talents.

J. B. Smoove has always had small yet memorable roles. In 2001’s Pootie Tang, he played Pootie Tang’s surly and sarcastic right hand man, Trucky. Along the lines of Norbit, Potty Tang will forever be one of the best, dumbest movies in the world. J.B. Smoove is also known for his role as Larry David‘s Black confidant on the HBO Series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

3 STARS: Overall, Smurfs 2 is a tad bit corny but a perfect depiction for any child with a colorful imagination. Not to mention, most adults can reminisce as they grew up on the wonderful blue world of the Smurfs.

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