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Week of April 25, 2017

1. La la Land
2. Underworld: Blood Wars
3. Animal Kingdom
4. Catfight
5. The Marine 5: Battleground
6. The Girl with All the Gifts
7. The Affair
8. Bokeh
9. Detour
10. The Daughter


Underworld: Blood Wars
DVD Release Date:  April 25, 2017
Rating: R
Grade: A

Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the vampire femme fatale, has reached rock bottom. She has given up on finding her half-vampire half-lycan lover, Michael, and their pure-bred daughter. She’s finished with the never-ending war of Vampires and Lycans.

At the vampire’s castle, the suspiciously sinister Semira (Lara Pulver) and Thomas (Charles Dance) ask the Vampire Council for approval of bringing Selene back to the castle to train other vampires to fight in the war.

The council is reluctant since Selene killed both grand elders Viktor and Marcus in the first two “Underworld” flicks. But they don’t have a choice.

On the other side of town, Marius (Tobias Menzies), the new leader of the Lycans, gets his pack prepared to find Selene’s daughter for her pure blood that can make anyone invincible.

“Underworld: Blood Wars” fits the mold of the previous “Underworld” flicks. I never get tired of watching Beckinsale kick some lycan butt! Some “Underworld” fans may be sad that Michael is absent from this film since that’s how this franchise got its start. I also wished there was more footage of Selene’s daughter.

Fast-paced storytelling, hard-core action and some sensuality make “Underworld: Blood Wars” a joyride you never want to get off of. This movie is far more worthy than “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.”      

Khaleel Herbert Blackflix Film Critic/Home Video Columnist

La La Land
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2017
Rated: PG-13
Grade: F+

In “La La Land,” Mia (Emma Stone), is a barista at the local coffee shop and an aspiring actress who wants to make it on the big screen. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz pianist who wants to open his own club playing “real jazz.”

After meeting at a party and getting to know each other, Sebastian tells Mia to write her own play instead of auditioning. He introduces her to classic jazz and she supports his dream of opening his own club. The two fall in love and everything is peaches and cream for a while.

“La La Land” swiped six Academy Awards including Best Actress. The Academy should hang its head in shame!

The film couldn’t make up its mind on which time period to follow. One musical number tried imitating a classical musical, but was interrupted by a modern iPhone. The songwriters should have taken notes on “Moana” because the songs weren’t catchy enough.

I’ve seen better on-screen chemistry from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in “Grease.”

“La La Land” epically fails as a musical and love story. It didn’t make adore the couple and the songs didn’t stick with me, unlike “Grease” and “Moana.”  

Khaleel Herbert Blackflix Film Critic/Home Video Columnist

Bonus Features:
*“La La Land’s” Love Letter to Los Angeles
*“Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm”

*Song Selection and more.

Hidden Figures
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2017
Rated: PG
Grade: A-

The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. Predictable but an uplifting triumphant, “Hidden Figures” is inspiring and heart-warming.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2017
Rated: PG-13
Grade: B+

In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Felon Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is held captive in a rolling vehicle manned by Storm Troopers. The vehicle is ambushed by Cassian (Diego Luna) and his group of rebels. They escort Jyn to the rebel base.

Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reiley) asks Jyn to assist the Rebellion in finding Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) to get intel on the Empire’s new weapon of mass destruction.

Saw tells Jyn that the weapon is called the Death Star. It can destroy entire planets in a single blast. It’s up to Jyn and the Rebels to claim the plans for the Death Star so Luke can blow it up in “A New Hope.”  

James Earl Jones lends his voice to Darth Vader one more time, thank goodness! “Rogue One” also shows a more ruthless side of Vader with deadly lightsaber action and his classic force chokehold.

Two big mistakes occur: The original theme song is nowhere to be found and the scrolling words after “Long ago in a galaxy far, far away” are absent! Why, Disney? WHY!

“Rogue One” helps Star Wars fans understand all the trouble the Rebellion endured to destroy the Death Star. This prequel is far more worthy than “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Khaleel Herbert Blackflix Film Critic/Home Video Columnist

Blu-Ray Bonus Features:
*“K2SO: The Droid” Featurette
*“The Princess & the Governor” Featurette

*“Epilogue: The Story Continues” and more!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2017
Rating: PG-13
Grade: F+

J.K. Rowling invites us back to the wizarding world before Harry Potter in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York City with a briefcase full of magical creatures. One of the creatures, who is fond of shiny things, escapes from the briefcase and runs amok in a bank. Newt runs after him and meets muggle Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), who is trying to get a loan to open his own bakery.

When all the creatures escape, Newt and Jacob venture through New York to catch them.  

The spells are accurate, the creatures are adorable and Harry Potter’s original theme song is there. Diehard Harry Potter fans will love “Fantastic Beasts.”

But for me, “Fantastic Beasts” is not a prequel. A prequel explains how things in the original movie(s) happened. Dumbledore, Hogwarts, and Voldemort are absent. Hardly anyone has an English accent and it takes place in New York for God’s sake!

J.K. Rowling and Director David Yates should have taken notes on the “Star Wars” prequels. They explained how Jedi Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader effectively in three movies.

I’ll gladly stick with the eight Harry Potter films, thank you very much!

-- Khaleel Herbert, Blackflix Film Critic/Home Video Columnist

Bonus Features:
*Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!
*Creatures: Meet the Fantastic Beasts
*Deleted Scenes

DVD Release Date: March 14, 2017
Rating: PG-13
Grade: A-
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis give their all in “Fences,” based on the play by August Wilson. Washington directed this film set in the mid-20th Century. He stars as Troy Maxson, a family-man in the big city working as a garbage man. He comes home to his wife of 18 years, Rose (Davis) and his son, Cory (Jovan Adepo). He pals around with his best friend, Bono (Stephen Henderson) about almost making it in baseball.

Troy gets bitter when Rose says Cory was accepted by a college football team. He doesn’t want Cory to go through the same disappointments he went through in baseball.

“Fences” is an emotional seesaw that instantly hooks you. Washington’s performance makes you laugh at his character’s sly sayings and actions. When he gets full of rage, it’s powerful and similar to his Oscar-winning performance as Lonzo in “Training Day.”

Davis deserved her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She shined as Troy’s devoted wife.

We learn a lot about the characters through dialogue. A great technique. This film could’ve shined more if there were flashbacks of Troy as a young boy.

“Fences” is a stunning performance that should’ve scored Washington “Best Actor” at the Oscars. –Khaleel Herbert, Blackflix Film Critic/Home Video Columnist

DVD Release Date: March 7, 2017
Rating: PG
Grade: B+
The ingredients for a Disney movie are: a chosen one, a journey, an animal sidekick, and some musical bits. “Moana” follows this recipe to a tee, but remains fresh.

Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) wants to follow in her father’s (voice of Temuera Morrison) footsteps to become chief. But her Gramma Tala’s (voice of Rachel House) ancestral stories drive Moana to sail and explore the unknown.

The villagers start noticing a shortage in fish. Moana says if they go beyond the reef, they can find more fish. Her father is against it.

When Gramma Tala becomes ill and lies on her deathbed, she tells Moana to search for Demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Maui stole a magical stone from an island, and if it’s returned, all will be restored.

“Moana” had its similarities to “Mulan.” Like Mulan, Moana had a strict father that wanted her to follow his orders. When things went awry, Moana took on the challenging mission, gaining confidence and inner-strength along the way.

The musical numbers aren’t terrible. There are catchy tunes like “You’re Welcome,” sung by The Rock, and “How Far I’ll Go,” sung by Auli’i Cravalho.

“Moana” is an adventure worth having. –Khaleel Herbert, Blackflix Film Critic/Home Video Columnist

Blu-Ray Bonus Features:
*Short Film: “Inner Workings”
*Maui Mini Movie: “Gone Fishing”

DVD Release Date: March 14, 2017
Rated: PG-13
Grade: A
What if you were the only passenger on a spaceship with no one to talk to? Just you and your thoughts. “Passengers” answers that question.

The Avalon starship cruises on a one-way trip to Homestead II, a new planet where 5,000 volunteer passengers decided to voyage and create a new civilization. The ship is so futuristic that it doesn’t even need a pilot.

Passengers and crew members hibernate in individual pods for the long-haul. A hiccup on the ship causes one pod to open early. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) awakens. With no way to get back to sleep, Jim is completely alone. He notices a pod with Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) in it. She suddenly wakes up and they share each other’s company.
“Passengers” is a love story meshed with a “Twilight Zone” episode. Pratt and Lawrence’s chemistry, unlike Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land,” is believable. You’ll root for them to the credits.

The special effects aren’t over the top either (thank God!). The outer space scenes are beautiful and serene. The small cast allows viewers to keep all their attention on the main characters.

Unlike “La La Land,” “Passengers” hooked me from the very beginning. – Khaleel Herbert, Blackflix Film Critic/Home Video Columnist.

Straight Outta Compton
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Rated: R
Grade: A
Seasoned with sharp performances from up-and-coming actors, there's not a dull moment in the two-hour plus running time of “Straight Outta Compton.”

Filled with a little humor, hard truth and vivacity, it exudes a raw and infectious energy that seems to radiate from several places at once -- from the stars, the story, and, most tellingly, from the music.

The film covers many important events and songs and sparkles during its concert scenes. With moments of greatness, there’s plenty here to attract more than just N.W.A.’s core fan-base. Audiences eager to know about the birth of West Coast rap and how Dr. Dre and Ice Cube rose from the rough-and-tumble streets of Compton to sleek million-dollar homes in Los Angeles’ wealthiest enclaves will find it her.

– Samantha Ofole-Prince, Senior Critic at Large

Bonus Features:
* Digital Copy of Straight Outta Compton - Unrated Director's Cut (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
* Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
* Deleted Scenes
* Deleted Song Performance
* N.W.A The Origins
* Impact
* Director's Journey
* The Streets: Filming in Compton
* N.W.A Performs in Detroit
* Becoming N.W.A
* Feature Commentary with Director/Producer F. Gary Gray


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