Watch Regina Hall In The First Trailer For Drama/Thriller ‘Master’ From Amazon Studios

We all love Regina Hall, right? If we can’t agree on that, then we can’t agree on anything in life.

The 51-year-old actress (who looks like she’s in her 30s) stars in the upcoming Amazon Studios thriller, Master, which made its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

In the first feature written and directed by Mariama Diallo, three women strive to find their place at a prestigious New England university whose frosty elitism may disguise something more sinister. Professor Gail Bishop (Hall) has recently been promoted to Master of a residence hall, the first time at storied Ancaster College that a Black woman has held the post. Determined to breathe new life into a centuries-old tradition, Gail soon finds herself wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of Jasmine Moore (Renee), an energetic and optimistic Black freshman.

It received mostly positive reviews coming out of Sundance. It currently sits at a respectable 73 score on Metacritic, with 13 positive reviews, 3 mixed and just 1 being negative.

It’s set to hit a limited amount of theaters on March 18. It’ll also drop across the globe on Prime Video.

Check out the trailer below…

Regina Hall, Amy Schumer And Wanda Sykes Set To Host The Oscars

After three years of no hosts at the Oscars, the Academy Awards have decided to flip the script by giving us THREE hosts this year.

It was announced on Monday that Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall will host the Oscars on March 27, 2022. The ceremony will be produced by ‘Girls Trip’ producer Will Packer.

Packer released the following statement:

This year’s show is all about uniting movie lovers. It’s apropos that we’ve lined up three of the most dynamic, hilarious women with very different comedic styles. I know the fun Regina, Amy and Wanda will be having will translate to our audience as well. Many surprises in store!  Expect the unexpected!

This is the first time the show will feature three hosts since 1987, when Chevy Chase, Paul Hogan and Goldie Hawn hosted the ceremony. It will be the first female trio to host ever.

Schumer said in a statement…

I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea but I am hosting the Oscars, along with my good friend Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall. I better go watch some movies.

We’ll see what they can come up with. Can they bring back fun to the Oscars?

Regina Hall And Sterling K. Brown Set To Star In Megachurch Satire ‘Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul’

We all know Regina Hall is one of the queens of comedy, and it looks like she’s going to get another chance to shine in the upcoming megachurch satire film, Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.

The movie, which is being produced by Pinky Promise, centers on Trinity Childs (played by Hall) the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist megachurch, “who attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown), rebuild their congregation and reconcile their faith to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.”

It’s supposed to be shot in a mockumentary style, which should add even more lol’s.

Pinky Promise co-founder Jessamine Burgum had this to say about the project…

Both Regina and Sterling are forces of nature, and the sense of play and sheer creative energy they bring to these roles will be incredible to see. We’re over the moon to partner with two of the most lovely and hardworking people in town. Honestly, it’s a dream come true.

The flick was written by Adamma Ebo. She’ll also be the director, marking her feature directorial debut.

The script was selected for the 2019 Sundance Screenwriting Intensive, as well as the 2019 Hit List. Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya will be producing through his 59% banner with Rowan Riley and Amandla Crichlow, alongside Adanne Ebo and Kara Durrett.

Movie Review: Vacation (2015) – The Laugh Out Loud Moments Are Gone

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The Griswold family was a staple of my childhood. Watching Chevy Chase as everyman Clark Griswold, as he took his family on European vacations, family vacations, Christmas vacations and even a Vegas vacation was one of my first exposures to comedy. So I was thrilled when they decided to revamp the series, focusing on Clark’s now adult son Rusty. I was so excited. I was excited like that time I got flowers at work on Valentine’s Day.

And much like that time, it ended in disappointment. Just like those flowers, this movie was not for me.

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) is a married father of two, who is planning a family trip from Chicago to California’s Walley World for Memorial Day Weekend. His goal is to fix the first vacation from the original family vacation movie, where they wound up at Wally World only to learn it was closed. They break the fourth wall early on for skeptical audiences.

“You want to redo your vacation?” asks wife Debbie (Christina Applegate). “My vacation had a boy and a girl,” Rusty retorts. “This one has two boys. And I’m sure there will be plenty of other differences.” That was cute, but then they just wouldn’t stop! “I’ve never heard of the original vacation,” says Rusty’s son James (Skyler Gisondo). “It doesn’t matter,” insists Dad. “The new vacation will stand on its own.”

We get it, ok. Let it go. Breaking the fourth wall requires surgeon like precision, not bashing us over the head with it over and over again.

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Of course, the road trip is filled with peril and calamity. That’s where the similarities end, because this time, the laugh out loud moments are gone, replaced with fist fights and curse words. When someone isn’t swearing or fighting, it’s just dead air, like the movie was directed by a poorly maintained radio station.

Rusty Griswold never had a good vacation, not even once. The filmmakers could have seized on this as the overwhelming theme of the movie. Instead, they insisted on referencing the old movie to bring back shades of nostalgia to an audience who knew and loved the originals.

The problem is this movie is nothing like the originals. Not even the poorly done Vegas vacation, which was a shameless cash grab. That’s right, this movie doesn’t even compare to the worst of the franchise. I felt like they wrote a basic outline of the script, and then told the actors to improv. The problem was that Ed Helms is the only one who knows anything about improv and even he didn’t bring it in this movie.

If you want to revel in nostalgia, I highly recommend watching the other family vacation movies. Those actually provided the ability to laugh, even at incredibly inappropriate times (like the whole dog getting leashed to the rear bumper and forgotten). Chevy Chase made Clark Griswold both likeable and annoying in one fell swoop. I thought Ed Helms would be able to do the same for Rusty, but honestly, it was an outright fail.

WE GAVE IT: 2 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

2 Stars

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Movie Review: Think Like a Man Too (2014)

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Just don’t go to Vegas…ever. That’s what I think whenever a new movie about a Vegas trip gone wrong comes out. Think Like a Man Too is another Vegas hijinks movie.

In Think Like a Man Too, we are reunited with the couples from the original, as they get together in Vegas for the wedding of Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence Jenkins), before splitting up into gender based groups for the Bachelor and Bachelorette parties. From there, we are treated to Bridesmaids for the girls (Tarji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Wendi McClendon-Covey, and La La Anthony) and the Hangover from the guys (Kevin Hart and a bunch of other guys I can’t be bothered to Google). Relationships are tested through standard clichés like parenting, competing careers and commitment while Kevin Hart runs around with a seemingly endless well of energy and one-liners.

I will say the movie had its funny moments, with most of the coming from Kevin Hart, who really stole the show. Most of the members of this huge ensemble cast remain firmly planted in his shadow through most of the movie.

The heart that was in the first version is gone. In number one, we saw real character development and real discussions on important issues. In number 2, we saw those same issues get recycled, while everything is explained away through stupid metaphoric voiceovers.

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Sure, it’s funny, but it’s much lighter and much less developed than the original. Despite a huge cast of characters in the original, the script still found a way to make all the characters clever and emotionally captivating. In number 2, we’re left with poorly developed characters and a hell of a lot more slapstick from Kevin Hart. Wendi McClendon-Covey is fantastic, but she was barely a shadow in this movie. Other than her connection to Bridesmaids, it seemed entirely unnecessary for her to be in the movie.

When compared to other pre-wedding movies, Think Like a Man Too is a forgettable effort. It seemed written quickly in order to cash in on the success of the original, while completely forgetting what made the original so good in the first place.

The direction doesn’t help. There are too many things going on. We have voiceovers, panoramic shots of Caesar’s Palace, flipping point of views between the couples and Kevin Hart’s antics. This results in a confusing ensemble of characters that you forget about as soon as you see them.

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If it wasn’t for Kevin Hart, this movie might be entirely forgettable. Luckily, Hart shines and really gives some funny moments that make the movie worth watching. In fact, while watching it, you might find yourself ignoring all the other scenes while you wait for Kevin Hart to show up again.

It’s not terrible, but it’s not the best movie even made either. It’s currently riding on the coattails of the original, but if Think Like a Man Too had been released on its own, it would have been easily forgotten.  Watch the Official Trailer:

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Movie Review: About Last Night (2014)

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4 stars

Third on my list for my Valentine’s Day releases was About Last Night. This movie was a remake of David Mamet’s 1974 stage play Sexual Perversity in Chicago and thank God, was one of the few romantic comedies that was tolerable this week.

The movie revolved around two couples. Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) are the nice couple. They are just starting out a relationship and both are waiting for something to go wrong. Complicating matters is Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall), a couple whose relationship is one long ‘hate-screw’. Unfortunately for Danny and Debbie, the craziness of Bernie and Joan starts to rub off and soon they’re questioning everything about their relationships.

The real standout in this movie was Kevin Hart, playing the loud mouthed confirmed bachelor Bernie, who gets some of the best lines of the movie. He makes the volatile relationship between him and Joan funny rather than sad, when it could have gone either way. Regina Hall had her own great moments herself, and was no pushover to Hart’s aggressive character.

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Ealy and Bryant, though they had obvious chemistry, felt one dimensional to me, as though the characters weren’t really fleshed out. I found it hard to believe that two people that good looking would have any trouble finding love. In order to make it believable, they should have given some kind of vulnerability to the characters.

The movie is light and fun, with no heavy back stories. Instead, it focuses on what it means to be in a relationship in a realistic, funny way. The movie focuses on one couple getting together as another falls apart. It shows the ‘choosing friends’ problems that come about when dating within groups. It is a realistic look at real relationships. There are no obvious romantic comedy clichés here. There’s no chasing someone down at an airport or meeting them at the Empire State Building at midnight. Instead, there is a realistic and frequently hilarious look at the stages of a relationship.

What really made this movie shine was the excellent screenplay, filled with snappy, intelligent dialog. The humor didn’t have to sink to being raunchy, because it was clever. For those who were dissatisfied with Hart’s most recent performance in “Ride Along’, “About Last Night” will more than make up for it.

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In a way, the lackluster performance of the two leads was ideal, as it allowed the real stars of this film, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, to shine through. The two as a couple really steal the show.

The pacing of the movie was well done and the balance between the characters made the plot easy to follow. It’s not an extremely intricate plot, so it’s easy to follow already. In this remake, they stuck to the original simplicity of the play, which was why it worked.

Good direction, good actors and a great screenplay made this movie what it is. This newer remake is actually much better than the movie one made in the late 80s and it feels like this remake followed the original play a bit more closely.

Watch the official trailer:

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