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RaMell Ross’ Critically-Acclaimed Documentary On Black Life In The Rural South Debuts On PBS (Trailer)

Saw RaMell talking to Trevor on ‘The Daily Show’ about this. Oscar-nominated. Cool. Put the lens on being Black and from Alabama (raising my hand)… and it’s February (Black History Month). Word.

RaMell Ross’s “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, is a dreamy and intimate journey through the world of Hale County, Alabama, a richly detailed glimpse into life in America’s Black Belt.
– PBS

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“Horror Noire” Explores How Black People Love Horror Movies, But Don’t Always Get Love Shown In Return (Trailer)

Yeah. Why do they do us like that? Why do we have to die so fast, at least in the older horror movies? We ain’t tripping…

(Really. That’s Becky-With-The-Good-Hair who always trips and falls when running from monsters & killers. She oughta die ASAP, right? Haaaa!)

Based on the acclaimed book of the same name by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, HORROR NOIRE takes a critical look at a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and embraced both Black filmmakers and Black audiences.

Featuring interviews with Ernest Dickerson (Bones), Rusty Cundieff (Tales from the Hood), Jordan Peele (Us), Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned), Tony Todd (Candyman), Paula Jai Parker (Tales from the Hood), Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep), and Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman.

– Shudder

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The Thriller Based On The Classic Novel Gives Steven King’s Twist On The Zombie Genre New Life (Trailer)

Has it always been spelled like that? Hmmm.

Well, looks like Hollywood is hitting the thriller flick well hard for the drinks. Literary and cinematic classic gets another shot at the big screen as “Pet Sematary.” Now… hug your daughter (shiiiiid, nunh-unh!)

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From The Producers Of “IT” Comes “Child’s Play” (Trailer)

Well, ain’t that a… They’re gonna have Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) trying to take on Chucky in this “Child’s Play” reboot?? Friends to the end (NOT)! #WannaPlay

(In theaters June 21st.)

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Latest ‘Endgame’ Teaser Shows The Remaining Avengers Readying Themselves For The Final Fight (Trailer)

Did you see that latest trailer for the follow-up to “Avengers: Infinity Wars”… that “Endgame” joint? It came on during the Super Bowl. I am ready for this movie to jump off, after “Captain Marvel,” of course.

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Gangsters In Paradise (Documentary)

My dad was God… at least to me…and since I could not fight God, I’d fight everybody else.

Damn. That is the definition of f’d up AND a damn near perfect description of the condition that sets a gangster on his path in life. Wow. Another in-depth hard-hitting VICE doc, covering content you just won’t get anywhere else.

In Gangsters in Paradise – Deportees of Tonga, VICE embeds with four Tongan nationals who have been sent back to the tiny island nation where they were born after serving prison time in New Zealand and the United States. Former gang members, they often struggle to reconnect with the culture, the language, and the people.
– VICE

Interesting when you realize that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is half Tongan and half Black. He could have been all f’d up in the game. He still probably would feel some pain watching this. As should we all.

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Three Generations Of “Shaft” Are About To Hit The Streets? You Damn Right (Trailer)

Oh man hell yeah! This is gonna be dope. Different angle going heavy on the ‘non-cool’ “Shaft” descendant ‘JJ’ (John Shaft, Jr.) in this chapter. Looks like they kept the Black super-cool street justice vibe and amped the comedy. And kept the sexy… Wow! The sistas in this one (Regina Hall, too… nice look, even as a bitter babymama, ha!). Check out the trailer.

JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher), may be a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.
– Warner Bros. Pictures

And you see ‘Double R’ (Richard Roundtree) is still right in there with the sh!ts, too!

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Harley Quinn Will ‘See You Soon’ Enough… In A New DC Movie In 2020 (Teaser Trailer)

Hard to argue against Margot Robbie being the breakout star of the all-star cast in the DC Universe’s flick “Suicide Squad.” Ready for an argument yet to come? How well will she hold up as the front-and-center star of her own DCU ‘chapter’ of sorts? Discuss.

This is the teasiest of teasers for “Birds of Prey” (due out in 2020).

Check out the official Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) trailer starring Margot Robbie!
– Movieclips Trailers

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The New Jordan Peele Thriller “Us” Debuts In Theaters March 22nd (Trailer)

Did you watch the Super Bowl? Yes? No? No matter… the bigger question is: Did you see the commercials? Some sucked, but that new trailer for the forthcoming Jordan Peele movie “Us” though. WHEW!

Shorter than the first trailer. But just as much thrill chill (not easy chill, SCARY DISTURBING chill) jammed in there.

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After Seven ‘Fast & Furious’ Movies, A ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Spinoff? Yes! (Trailer)

The fate of the world depends on Hobbs and Shaw working together? A second time? They really, REALLY must be out of their rabid rabbit azz MINDS!! Then again, looking at the trailer, this whole flick is an ‘Are you out of your #$%! mind???’ experience. And we are here for it!

After eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.

Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.

But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.

– Universal Pictures UK

They got Idris running down the side of a skyscraper like it was flat land! Wow. Just wow. Do we even need fast cars at this point? Hahaaa!

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Just Dala: Meet the Bubble Heads of Cape Town (Doumentary)

Sneakerheads in the hood are sneakerheads in the hood, worldwide. And they (including you, if the shoe fits) will see at least some of themselves in this docu-film.

In our short documentary, “Just Dala,” we explore the small but growing sneaker culture that exists in the city’s Cape Flats. Known colloquially as “bubbleheads,” South Africa’s sneakerheads are in a league of their own. Here we talk to some of the scene’s most influential insiders to learn about life in one of the country’s poorest communities and how locals live their life with dignity and with the freshest kicks.
– Highsnobiety

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Based On A Pro Wrestler’s Real Life Story, “Fighting With My Family” Debuts Next Month (Trailer)

I will admit to being really biased here (huge ‘rasslin fan), but this looks like a really great movie! Based on the life of WWE Superstar Paige. That, this trailer and the casting pulled me right in!

Based on a true story, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living, wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test.

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming and smart comedy that proves everything is worth fighting for when it comes to family.

– MGM

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The “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men” Documentary Comes To Showtime This Spring (Trailer)

ShoDocs is a good look for the Wu. A mini-series telling of a story all the heads want to hear – on the history of one of Hip-Hop’s most influential crews ever.

Showtime Documentary Films dives deeper into the music documentary space with Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, a four-part limited docuseries from filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (BURN MOTHERF*CKER, BURN!) that transcends the music documentary genre by creating a new lane that merges music, socio-cultural commentary and intimate family portrait.

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Matthew McConaughey & Snoop Dogg Star In “The Beach Bum” (Trailer)

You don’t sell acid, do you?

So that’s how we are starting this, huh? McConaughey is hilarious! Snoop is right in there getting comedic jabs in, too. AND Martinnnn and…

THE BEACH BUM follows the outrageous misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious burnout who only knows how to live life by his own rules. Complete with an all-star cast including Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jimmy Buffett, Martin Lawrence, and Jonah Hill, THE BEACH BUM is the wildly original and subversive new comedy from writer/director Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers).

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Horror: Whats Wrong With Miles? ‘The Prodigy’ Debuts February 8th (Trailer)

FINALLY!!!

Hollywood looks like they are getting the point of what a horror movie is supposed to be… the presentation of a relentless evil force that scares you to death AND fills you with despair because it/he/she is GOING to KILL you (or take your soul or whatever) and yours… and there is NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!

Horror is not just ‘thriller’ or ‘scare ride’ or ‘heart racing terror’… Naaaah, son! HORROR includes the realization that the very, very horrible thing is coming… for YOU. Think ‘Dracula’ at your front door, the devil in ‘The Exorcist’ or the Damien ‘Omen’ franchise…

OHHHH… and speaking of kids, bad kids, and the very bad things they can do… “The Prodigy” trailer is looking like some true HORROR! Yeezus West this kid looks f**ked up in the best scary movie way!

What’s wrong with Miles? From the producer of Exorcism of Emily Rose comes a new vision of unimaginable horror. Watch the full trailer for The Prodigy, starring Taylor Schilling and Jackson Robert Scott, in theaters February 8.
#MilesIsDangerous #WhatsWrongWithMiles

(All that said, I really don’t like watching horror movies. I just really appreciate it; like other movie genres, when the films stay true to their school’s rules.)

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Keanu Reeves Is Back For ‘Chapter 3’ Of The John Wick Franchise (Trailer)

John Wick was retired when we started this thing right? But folks had to f**k with him (sigh)… You’d think they’d have learned to leave him alone by now.

Then again, Keanu’s character does end up killing most everybody he ‘teaches’ that lesson in his movies. Good for moviegoers, because we keep getting movies full of good, grimy, popcorn-munching azz kickery. Plus, this go ’round… Halle Berry

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Get A First Look At “Fast Color,” The Acclaimed Superpowered Flick Coming To Theaters (Trailer)

Coming off a good SXSW run. Cool. Characterizing the hero’s powers as she experiences them during use. Interesting perspective and very cool, too. Powerful abilities on top of that. Abilities which, of course, put her on the run. Toss in tension with the family who she hopes will help her… and action, drama, sci-fi… BOOM!

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It’s Summer, And Spider-Man Is “Far From Home” (Trailer)

Okay, watching this trailer should leave you with [at least] two takeaways: (1) Just when you don’t expect it, Nick Fury will come through, AND (2) Nick Fury came through, Peter… which is… Why. You. NEVER. Leave. Your. Spidey. Suit. At. Home!!

(Acceptable alternate takeaway: Auntie is super cute. Looks like she could make Happy reeeeally HAPPY. Haha!)

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The Rise of Asian Rap Culture (Documentary)

Wow. Asians dropping that n-word… Uncomfortable. But VICE goes in, and embeds and lets the subjects do them, so we can learn. So, let’s push through to the end and get the insights. Then we can make a better-informed decision as to whether we rock with what Asian rappers are saying, or not; all, or in part.

A growing number of Asian artists have burst onto the Hip-Hop scene over the past few years, thanks, in large part, to 88rising—a multimedia company that specializes in signing and amplifying Asian talent.

Founder Sean Miyashiro has helped artists like Joji, Higher Brothers, and Rich Brian (formerly known as Rich Chigga) build massive followings and net millions of views on YouTube, where the rappers upload a steady stream of music videos. But even as their popularity skyrockets, some in the Hip-Hop community take issue with their lyrics—raising questions about the line between self-expression and cultural appropriation.

For this episode of ‘MINORITY REPORTS,’ VICE’s Lee Adams met up with Miyashiro and a handful of high-profile Asian rappers—including $tupid Young, an Asian Crip unaffiliated with 88rising—to hear why they got into Hip-Hop, and what challenges they’ve faced while creating space for themselves as Hip-Hop’s newest minorities.

He also sat down with Ebro Darden—a Hot 97 morning host and Apple Music’s global editorial head of Hip-Hop and R&B—to hear his take on the cultural movement, exploring what separates contributing to Hip-Hop culture from misappropriating it.

– VICE

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Inside Europe’s First Sex Doll Brothel (Documentary)

VICE goes to Spain to see if rubber tits are really the future of sex… Yeah, because why not start this year’s Nooner posts like this? Wowwwww! They really go there.

Are sex dolls the future of prostitution? Joel Golby heads to Barcelona to visit the centre of this strange battleground for the future of sexual politics.
– VICE

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