Movie Reviews: “Justice League” and “Mudbound” 


We all know it’s “Justice League” weekend at the box-office but besides the superhero saga, we also have the Netflix film “Mudbound.” It’s blockbusters versus Oscar contenders at the box-office. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!



Official Synopsis of “Justice League”

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller)--it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. From director Zack Snyder (with Joss Whedon stepping in).

Official Synopsis of “Mudbound”

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband's losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap (Rob Morgan) and Florence Jackson (Mary J. Blige) - sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations - struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families' plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

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Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan Talk About MUDBOUND 


I was equally nervous and happy to meet Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul! And if you’re a fan, you’ll be happy to know that she is fantastic as a strong matriarch in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound.” Carey Mulligan is also memorable as a fellow strong matriarch Laura McAllan. I sat down with both Blige and Mulligan for this behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Mudbound.” Netflix is releasing the film on streaming and selected theatres on November 17.



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Garrett Hedlund Talks About MUDBOUND 


Garrett Hedlund is far, far away from “TRON: Legacy.” The actor has been slowly proving to everyone that he has some acting chops and they’re on full display in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” where the actor stars as the bruised Jamie McAllan. The picture above was taken during the film’s after-premiere party and the actor was so sweet and nice that when he saw me the following morning, he gave me a great big hug!

In this interview, we talked about his interest in making the film, working with Jason Mitchell (who plays his friend in the film), and his inspiration for “Mudbound.”



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Director Dee Rees Talks About MUDBOUND 


In “Mudbound,” Dee Rees (“Pariah”) created a movie that’s emotionally rich with well-drawn characters. It is definitely Oscar-worthy! I sat down with Rees and met her the night before at an after-premiere party and we talked about her interest in making the movie, adapting Hillary Jordan’s novel, and casting Mary J. Blige in the role of Florence Jackson.



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“Murder on the Orient Express” (2017) Movie Review 


Yet another “Murder on the Orient Express” is upon us. Based on Agatha Christie’s iconic novel, this one stars Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot who also moonlights as the film’s director. The star-studded cast includes Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley.



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