shaft review

In 2019’s Shaft, the latest film to take on the name of the 1971 Blaxploitation classic, Samuel L. Jackson‘s John Shaft II bemoans the softening-up of the younger generation, and their fixation with tight pants, coconut water, and lemon towers. “Men need to be men,” he declares to his straight-laced son John Shaft Jr. (Jessie Usher), mourning the good old days when real men shot first and asked questions later. But there’s something to mourn about the new Shaft‘s shift from a cop thriller to sitcom, and how it spends more time making digs at the very millennial audience that it’s supposedly appealing to than reminding the us of why we dug Shaft in the first place.

Shaft trades the franchise’s Blaxploitation action for a buddy-cop routine that only works by the sheer force of Samuel L. Jackson’s charisma. But even Jackson can’t will this movie into being more than a creaky action-comedy that zaps out everything that made the original Shaft such a vibrant and time-honored classic.

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jessica jones season 3 clips

Jessica Jones is no longer the only female vigilante in town. After two seasons of enviously observing her best friend become a famed superhero, Rachael Taylor‘s Trish Walker finally gets the spotlight following her acquiring of new super abilities in Jessica Jones season 3. Netflix has released two new clips highlighting Trish’s evolution from child star to superhero.

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spice girls animated movie

Paramount knows what you want, what you really really want – and it’s a Spice Girls reunion. But here’s the catch: The reunion will be in an animated movie. Paramount Animation is bringing some girl power to its upcoming film slate, with a Spice Girls movie set to reunite all five members of the ’90s pop group, including, yes, Victoria Beckham, aka Posh herself, who comes out of Spice retirement for the first time since 2012.

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the trip to greece filming

It’s time to pack up to head for the sunny shores of Greece, because Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for a fourth The Trip installment. The incandescently great British sitcom in which Coogan and Brydon play exaggerated versions of themselves while eating delicious food is back for The Trip to Greece, which has begun filming this week. Coogan and Brydon are both returning, hopefully with a few new Michael Caine impressions up their sleeves.

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Monsters At Work first look

Disney+ has released the first look at its new main character of its Monsters, Inc. spin-off series, Monsters at Work. While Monsters at Work, which takes place six months after the events of the original movie, will feature the original film’s cast, including John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their roles, the new series will center on a brand new character known as Tylor Tuskmon, “an eager and talented mechanic.” Get your first look at Tylor Tuskmon below.

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dave bautista disney

James Gunn‘s number one fan Dave Bautista has made his peace with Disney. Most of the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy had publicly spoken out against the company following Gunn’s firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 last year, but none spoke more loudly than Bautista, who had threatened to leave the franchise altogether. But now with Gunn happily back in the employ of Marvel and Disney, Bautista has repaired his relations with the House of Mouse.

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the dark crystal age of resistance tactics trailer

Netflix’s upcoming Dark Crystal prequel series may be bringing back the old-school puppetry and high fantasy of Jim Henson’s 1982 classic, but it’s not passing up the chance to go a little high-tech too. At this year’s E3 video game conference, Nintendo revealed that a video game based on Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is coming to Nintendo Switch.

A trailer for Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Tactics has also been released for the turn-based tie-in game due for the Switch sometime in 2019.

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yesterday lyric video

In a world in which no one had ever heard of The Beatles, it’s no surprise that Himesh Patel‘s Jack becomes a sensation. Apart from his ethically dubious practice of passing off The Beatles’ songs as his own in Danny Boyle’s upcoming film Yesterday, Patel has a smooth, honeyed voice that is the perfect vehicle to deliver The Beatle’s best songs. Universal has released a Yesterday lyric video for Patel’s rendition of “Something,” which proves that this kid really does have that special something.

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annabelle comes home featurette

With six films and counting in the Conjuring universe, it may be easy to forget that the franchise is based on the tales of a real-life family: the famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played in the film by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. The latest Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle Comes Home, brings another family member into the fold, their 10-year-old daughter Judy (Mckenna Grace). A new Annabelle Comes Home featurette reminds audiences that not only is the Annabelle doll real, but so was Judy Warren’s unusual childhood.

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Sony has released two new movie posters within hours of each other and they could not be more different. The first, a poster for Quentin Tarantino‘s highly anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, finally gives the film its first great one-sheet, while the second, for Spider-Man: Far From Home…does not.

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