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?

The Other Woman

“Cheaters never change!” – Carly (Cameron Diaz)

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The number one movie in America this weekend (4/25-4/27) hails from the Director of The Notebook and John Q, Nick Cassavetes. Ironically, in ‘The Other Woman’, a Connecticut housewife, Kate King (Leslie Mann) and her husband’s clueless mistress, Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), join forces to confront the sleaze ball. The plan backfires when they find more victims like a younger, sexier woman, Amber (Kate Upton). The ladies quickly form a sisterly bond and create a plan to seek revenge.

Leslie Mann keeps the movie alive. She played a totally different role in Knocked Up (2007) and its sequel This Is 40 (2012), but she remains amusing and animated. I even enjoyed her mild, satirical character in Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy (1999). Mann has upheld my comedic expectations in every big screen appearance. But she could not save the movie all by her lonesome.

Cameron Diaz was ok and even Kate Upton was baby doll adorable. On the contrary, Nicki Minaj was an abomination to all rappers turned actors across the world. Her role was limited. But, even the few dozen words she uttered was an exaggeration. It’s hard to support Nicki Minaj’s acting career because we have yet to see her as a sincere entertainer. Yes, she’s accumulated overwhelming success, but she is currently going through an identity crisis. On social media and in recent appearances, she has claimed to wear her real hair and denounce her excessive makeup, colored weaves, and enhanced buttocks.. If that look, which is displayed in the movie, is not who she is then, who is she? As Eminem would say, will the real Nicki Minaj please stand up?

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Yes, the movie is filled with attractive, witty woman. But, under no circumstances does The Other Woman compare to the awesomeness of Bridemaids (2011). I recently watched an ad for the movie, which was released on April 25th, where a critic claimed that the film is just as great as Bridemaids. Without identifying detailed specifics, The Other Woman lacked the consistently comical hysteria of Bridemaids and an all-star comedic lineup including contemporary sidesplitting women like Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.

The idea of women banding together after all sleeping with the same man is delusional. The movie wasn’t realistic and captures the fairy tale essence of ego-less, simple-minded women. If my husband participates in several extra martial affairs, I doubt I would be in a sweet-Mary Poppins, Carrie Bradshaw-friendly mood. It’s not time for a girl’s night out. It’s time to move on.

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2 Stars: The Other Woman is a mediocre movie for the ladies and an awkward attempt to make it socially acceptable to join forces as the wife and the other woman.

Ladies’ Night Out: The Other Woman Passes

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Ladies (Sorry Fellas),

If you are in the Greater Pittsburgh area, please join Blonde Girl Nok and the Movie Scene Queen tomorrow at the Waterfront for Ladies’ Night Out. The two female bloggers have acquired an entire movie theater to get together, socialize and watch Cameron Diaz’s new movie, The Other Woman.

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After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

If you are down for Ladies’ Night Out, just comment below with your first and last name and how many guests you plan to bring. REMEMBER, NO GUYS!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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