With an all-star cast that includes Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway and Diane Lane, it could be understandably assumed that Serenity would be a hit. Set on the strange island of Plymouth, McConnaughey plays the oddly named Baker Dill, a fisherman down on his luck, missing every opportunity to catch a tuna fish he decides to name Justice. Dill struggles to keep himself afloat with few employment opportunities available when his ex-wife and mother of his son, Karen, played by Hathaway, pays him a visit with a criminal proposal: kill her abusive husband for ten million dollars. Despite a cast full of Oscar winners and nominees, the Steven Knight-written and directed film disappoints tremendously.
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After high praise from critics and audiences alike for Ryan Coogler’s Creed, the film series is back with a new director, Steven Capel Jr. Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed, a respected boxer, whose position, and confidence, wavers with a challenge from Viktor Drago, the son of the man who killed his father, Ivan Drago. With the Drago’s return to the franchise, Adonis’ history has caught up with him and he must reconcile with the conflicted feelings the challenges provoke as his life rapidly changes.
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The third season of HBO’s hit comedy has finally come to end after 8 episodes and Issa and the audience have surely been on an interesting story. Viewers were gifted with a drug-filled trip to Coachella, wild Lyft rides, and more questionable romantic endeavors. While the season offers plenty of laughs, the Issa Rae-created series is in serious danger of repeating itself if it doesn’t undergo some changes in its next season.
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As the title perfectly suggests, Issa gets a little crazy this week. More accurately, she’s become obsessed with tracking down Nathan after he seems to have ghosted her. Especially since she doesn’t have a full-time office job anymore, she has plenty of time to occupy her thoughts thinking about where Nathan is and when he’s finally going to text her back. When you think about it, it’s understandable that she’d be upset that she’s been duped by someone who was seemingly Prince Charming. He’s charming, funny and emotionally available – the perfect package. Then, when you really think about it, the sheer ridiculousness of Issa obsessing over this man she didn’t actually know that well or for that long, despite intimate time in pools and Ferris wheels. If it somehow comes down to going to his house and going through his room while he’s not home, he’s probably not the right guy for our girl. And she’s definitely made it clear that’s she’s not good for him, either.
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Last week, Lawrence surprisingly returned, hopefully putting the Lawrence hive to rest, and this episode picks up by updating viewers on what he’s been doing since we saw him last. And he’s been doing a lot. He’s exceeding expectations at work. He has his own place and his couch has been plenty useful as he’s engaged in frequent casual sex with numerous women. To top it off, he finds out he has chlamydia! Of course, he now must make multiple calls warning his past sexual partners (very Lovesick-esque) and is met with unpleasant responses. His recent health history obviously isn’t great, but, other than that, he’s doing pretty great post-Issa – as he should be. The former lovers’ reunion at Tiffany’s baby shower is perfect because they acknowledge and praise how much they each have grown without opening any romantic doors. I hope we don’t see anymore Lawrence storylines simply because his time in the story has passed, but it’s nice to see he’s doing okay.
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It’s the episode viewers have all been waiting for: the girl group is back and ready to conquer Coachella together. In preparation, Issa completes a few Lyft rides, which mostly go smoothly, runs a few errands for Molly and officially disappears from her responsibilities as a property manager. This weekend is supposed to be Issa’s big chance to forget about her real-life problems and to absorb the glory of Beyonce in the festival reality. But after quitting her full-time job at We Got Y’all and not hearing from party Lyft Nathan since their “eating tacos and kissin’ on the lips” impromptu date last week, Coachella might not be enough of a distraction.
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Netflix favorite Shannon Purser is back as a leading lady in Sierra Burgess is a Loser, the streaming service’s latest rom-com after a summer full of hits. With Purser as the titular character, the film follows the teenage writing prodigy as she tries to survive her final year of high school while being an outcast. She’s got wicked wit, a great best friend and parents that love and support her. But, like many of us at that age, her body image and fear of being rejected create limitations. So when the cute jock Jamey, played by Twitter’s latest boyfriend, Noah Centineo, pursues her via text message under false pretenses, Sierra takes it as opportunity to let a boy get to know her without the risk. It may play as predictably as most rom-coms, but the cast still charms.
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