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Don’t miss, Deadpool 2 [MOVIE REVIEW]

In Deadpool 2, the 11th installment of the X-Men series, thing are going well for Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) until he loses a loved one. When he attempts to join her on the other side, he learns that he has to do more good in this world before he can move to the next. His first step is to assist a young, troubled mutant. However, Cable (Josh Brolin) gets in the way of that effort leading Wilson to put together a new team of X-men to fight his old nemesis.

Critiquing Deadpool 2 is easy. If you like the mutants’ series, this episode will not disappoint. And Deadpool 2 gets a See It! rating. It has all the battles, humorous dialogue and over the top action scenes which made the first Deadpool film a success. Ryan Reynolds breathes an everyman type of charm into the lead character. He’s funny and flawed which makes him more credible.

One downside of the mutant series is the lack of racial diversity. The main characters are overwhelmingly white males. However, the creators do embrace black women characters. There’s Storm who was played by Halle Berry in four of the X-Men films. In Deadpool 2, Leslie Uggams returns as Blind Al, Wilson’s confidant. And joining his new team in this film is the half German and half African-American, Zazie Beetz. Her mutant skills are exceptional marksmanship and hand-to-hand skills, and probability-altering powers.

However, due to the overall lack of cast diversity, Deadpool 2, receives a “C” for cast diversity.

It’s rated “R” (for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material) and is 111 minutes in length.

Ultimately, Deadpool 2 is a See It!

QUICK TAKES: Black Panther, Halle Berry, Gabby The Kid CEO, Kim & Kanye

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Ryan Coogler could not start directing Panther until he visited Africa; Halle Berry turns heads on the NAACP Image Awards red carpet; Ava DuVernay wins big

What's The 411 hosts Kizzy Cox and Onika McLean are talking about Halle Berry at the NAACP Image Awards; the name of Kim and Kanye West's new baby; kid CEO, Gabby Goodwin; Black Panther director Ryan Coogler; Ava DuVernay winning Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image AwardsJordan Peele's Academy Award nomination for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay; Daniel Kaluuya's Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and the upcoming Lifetime movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Actress Halle Berry is Dating Again!

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Given that Halle Berry’s relationships don’t seem to last and they are so public do you applaud her for trying again?

After a break from dating, Academy Award-winning actress, Halle Berry is stepping back in the dating pool again.

Berry posted a photo of her and her new man, British music producer Alex Da Kid on Instagram with a caption, “My balance.”

In August, Berry told People that she was taking a break from dating after her divorce from French actor Olivier Martinez in 2016.

The two split in 2015 after two years of marriage, and they have a 3-year-old son together.

In less than two months, Berry is posting photos of herself with her “new” man.

So, did Berry tell People she wasn’t dating so that people could stop following her and asking the dating question?

Or, did she really mean it and things just happened?

Tell us what do think in the comment section under our video on YouTube.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is Roundly Entertaining. [MOVIE REVIEW]

In 2014, Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced filmgoers to the international intelligence agency operating at the highest levels of diplomatic, scholarly, and gentlemanly behavior with the ultimate goal of keeping the world safe.

In the 2017 version, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the heroes from the first film (Taron Egerton as Eggsy; Colin Firth is Harry Hart; Michael Strong plays Merlin) face a new challenge with a drug kingpin (Julianne Moore) set on not only manufacturing and selling her products, she wants them as socially acceptable as alcohol. She gets the Kingsman’s attention by destroying their headquarters and targeting their leadership. To bring the villain down, the Kingsman team up with a previously unknown to them American operation called the Statesman, an old, well respected whisky making organization with Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, and Halle Berry playing operatives. They have their own agenda but agree with the Kingsman that the dealer must be dealt with quickly and severely.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle thoroughly entertains and it’s a See It!

It follows some of the tried and true techniques for action films, like beginning with an intense, theatrical battle. Despite a vicious fight with multiple, likely bone crushing blows landing to his body and face, Eggsy goes unmarked and his perfectly fitting suit, untarnished.

Also, there’s plenty of split-second lifesaving events and, technology, like vicious mechanical dogs.

The film also raises such questions as: would ground up human beings look like ground beef? Would America have a dishonest man as president?

As to the cast, the performances are fittingly appropriate. None of the roles require any great acting range.

When the Kingsman travels to Kentucky to meet the Statesman, the background music is Take Me Home Country Roads which is actually about West Virginia. But I guess to the British - Kentucky, West Virginia – what’s the difference?

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, cast diversity wise, gets a “B+”. This is a movie set in the cloak and dagger world of the United Kingdom and U.S. which is primarily a white male environment. However, Halle Berry has a major supporting role as the character, Ginger, in the Statesman’s organization. And there are other people of color in smaller roles.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material. And my common complaint about films: too long. At 2 hours and 21 minutes, its 21 minutes too long.

However, Kingsman: The Golden Circle gets our highest rating, See It!, because it’s powerfully entertaining!

Kidnap will grab you and not let you go. [MOVIE REVIEW]

Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) tries to make the best of a difficult day. She’s working as a waitress in a coffee shop dealing with rude and other times, confused customers, while her son, Frankie (Sage Correa) waits for her to take him to a carnival. On the ride over, she talks to Frankie about his father, who is her estranged husband, and his new girlfriend. They arrive at their destination and while watching some of the activities, Karla gets a call from her lawyer and learns that her husband seeks full custody of Frankie. So she can talk more freely, Karla moves to a quieter location leaving Frankie alone to continue viewing the performances. When Karla comes back, her son is missing. As she looks for son, she sees a woman dragging him into a Ford Mustang. The car drives away. Karla gets into her van and takes off in hot pursuit and her valiant efforts to save her son begins.

Kidnap is a thrilling, nerve wrecking, and cinematic adventure. It is unpredictable while also being highly implausible with a TV drama feel about it. Nevertheless, Halle Berry is amazing. She’s strong, but not in an inauthentic way that Hollywood often portrays its heroes. Although Berry’s character, Karla has a lot of self-doubt, she remains laser-focused on getting her son back.

Kidnap’s casting is excellent. Chris McGinn and Lew Temple, who play the husband and wife backwoods kidnappers, are beyond despicable. I have always said you cannot have a truly great hero, without a truly evil villain, and they are evil.

However, much of the film stretches credibility. For example, when Karla goes to speak to her lawyer and leaves Frankie seated watching the show. Frankie’s surrounded by people but amazingly no one sees where he went. And, the scene where Karla wrestles with the kidnappers in the carnival parking lot full of cars, but there are no people or no law enforcement around.

Without giving away too much of the story, there are just too many events in Kidnap that seem highly unlikely.

Set in Louisiana, the cast of Kidnap reflects the makeup of that state which is primarily black and white, but with a growing Hispanic population. So, Kidnap gets an “A” for cast diversity.

Kidnap is 90 minutes and rated R, for violence and peril. You won’t be bored with the story but there’s no compelling reason to see it during its opening weekend. Kidnap gets a Rent It rating.

Movie Review: Kevin Hart's What Now – Not Now!

Kevin's Hart's What Now? Tour is the centerpiece of this film. Hart performs before a record-setting, sold-out performance filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. However, the movie opens with a skit which includes Halle Berry and Hart in a spy type role participating in a high stakes card game with Don Cheadle. Hart then leaves that setting to go to Lincoln Federal Field.

Kevin Hart: What Now? is a collection of already seen skits performed in front of a large, impressive audience with big screens and lot of lights.

However, there is no reason to see Kevin Hart: What Now?, now; it gets a Rent It rating.

The opening scene with the undercover agent storyline adds very little to the film and it's as if the comedian is trying to figure out a way to work with the sexy Halle Berry and as if Don Cheadle said, "Hey, man, find me a role in your next movie!" The opening segment seems forced, and doesn't work.

Once the movie moves on to Hart on stage, the routines are the ones his fans have heard before, for example, how he doesn't have lights on his long driveway or how he wouldn't want to be with a woman who survives a mountain lion attack.

Kevin Hart uses the "N" word generally, and the "B" word in reference to women, neither of which is necessary for Hart to be funny.

Of course, Kevin Hart: What Now? has its funny moments like when Hart talks about the impact private school has had on his kids, taking the "edge" off of his son.

But ultimately, Kevin Hart: What Now? is a perfect production for the Rent It rating. Kevin Hart: What Now? is entertaining, but there is no need to rush to see it.

Kevin Hart: What Now? is rated, R for language and adult themes and is 96 minutes in length.

Halle Berry Ex- Husband David Justice Goes on Twitter Rant; Eric Benet Chimes In

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Actress Halle Berry's exes are CLAPPING BACK on Twitter

In a blistering series of tweets, Halle's first husband David Justice wrote:

"Me, (second husband) Eric (Benet), (boyfriend) Gabriel (Aubry) and Olivier were all her 'Knight in Shining Armor' until it ends," Then we all become the worst guys in history."

He went on to shoot down rumors that he was the one who physically abused her causing partial deafness in one ear and pointed the finger squarely at Wesley Snipes!

"Reading the latest Halle Berry Reports, it wasn't me who hit Halle causing the ear damage. Halle has never said that I hit her," "It was a former Hollywood boyfriend (WS) that she told me! #getyourfactsright."

He then gave a stern warning to Olivier Martinez "Just wait, Olivier..It's coming! She insinuated that her daughter wasn't safe around Gabriel..look it up and see the reason!"

Then Eric Benet, her 2nd husband who you might recall said he was a sex addict, chimed in with this tweet:

"My man at @23davidjustice is tweeting some truth dis' mornin'!"

We've already established Halle has issues with men and of course we can't just point the finger at the guys when she's the common denominator in all these relationships but I think this airing of stuff on twitter is just messy. These are grown men should they be airing dirty laundry like this on social media?

What's The 411 Episode 68: 50 Cent, Ben Carson, Rick Ross, Halle Berry, Bob Marley, and more

50 Cent takes a swipe at Rick Ross; Dr. Ben Carson defends himself against the media; Halle Berry exes get grimy; Bob Marley making lots of dough; and more

In the What's Poppin' segment of What's The 411, the panel of Kizzy Cox, Onika McLean, and Courtney Rashon, are talking about 50 Cent taking a swipe at Rick Ross by selling T-shirts on the Internet featuring Ross' man boobs. Speaking of Rick Ross, his engagement to exotic dancer Lira Mercer is on again. Dr. Ben Carson is calling out the media for its lack of fairness. Actress Halle Berry's exes are delving into what Sean "Diddy" Combs calls "bitchassness"; and that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in seven cases brought against Obamacare.

What's The 411 correspondent and beauty expert, Courtney Rashon, details the colors that are trending for Fall 2015 in the FAB411 segment.

In the What's The 411Business segment, Stephen Witt, CEO and Founder, Kings County Politics, tells us why he started his digital magazine and goes into detail about his most recent novel, The Street Singer: A Tale of Sex, Money, and Power in a Changing Brooklyn.

In Caribbean Cook-up, What's The 411 host, Kizzy Cox, informs us that the late great reggae artist, Bob Marley, is the best-selling Caribbean artist of all time. Marley also ranks as the fourth highest selling artist this year.

The Reality TV Recap zooms in on the relationship between former model Janice Dickinson and rapper Joe Budden on Couples Therapy (and they are not a couple). Rapper Benzino and his wife Althea will surface on Marriage Bootcamp next season along with Honey Boo Boo's mother Mama June and her significant other. 

 

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