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The Reel Critic Roundtable: Really Love, Candyman, Ted Lasso

This week , the critics discuss the movies Really Love and Candyman. We also discuss season 2 of Ted Lasso.

Fatale – Movie Review

What’s It about:

After a wild one-night stand, Derrick (Michael Ealy), a successful sports agent, watches his perfect life slowly disappear when he discovers that the sexy and mysterious woman he risked everything for, is a determined police detective (Hilary Swank) who entangles him in her latest investigation. As he tries desperately to put the pieces together, he falls deeper into her trap, risking his family, his career, and even his life.

Who’s in it:

Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, Tyrin Turner, Damaris Lewis. Director:Deon Taylor

What’s to like:

A Black film about a fatal attraction has been done before but I don’t think it has been quite done like this.  A solid cast, an interracial relationship, a successful Black Business and some twists and turns makes this something you won’t see coming but is worth seeing.  I was curious as to how Academy Award winner Hilary Swank was going to play as a sexual interest and Fatale gave me more to think about than a mere one night stand.  There is real chemistry between Michael Ealy and Swank but it is that “I wish I didn’t get involved with her” kind of chemistry. An oil and vinegar that might be good on a sub sandwich but not on a great burger.  What Fatale does well is set you up in a way that you guess what is next, you talk to the screen and you notice the setting, scenery and shots.  Fatale is a tense and fun film which makes everyone suspect  You know how you ask when watching a movie “did a Black person write this?” Well, the dialogue and situations (that crazy cousin), while universal, have those things that only come from understanding the culture.  Mike Colter plays a great business partner or not, but I like his performance.  I can’t help but mention, that as beautiful as Damaris Lewis is as Ealy’s wife, you wonder why he would stray in the first place but that is what makes it interesting.  

What’s not to like

Some of this will have you saying “really?”, so you will have to suspend belief.  You will say things like “I wouldn’t do that” or “this wouldn’t happen to me” but I think Fatale works as a piece of escapism and intrigue and more importantly, conversation.

My rating

Worth watching – 3 Reels

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Greenland, Another Round, Fatale and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

This week, the critics (Shawn Edwards, Kathia Woods, Mercendez Springer and Reggie Ponder discuss Greenland, Another Round, Fatale and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. We also discuss several industry issues.

Sanaa Lathan thought she had The Perfect Guy

Sanna Lathan talks to Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, about her film The Perfect Guy. Does she find him? Can she handle him? Did she want him in the first place? You might have to watch the film to get all the answers but Sanaa was willing to give us a peek behind the screen.

ABFF Movie Premieres Always EXCITING – The Guys of Think Like A Man Too having a lot of fun!

With Just a week away, here a great reason you shouldn’t miss this year’s ABFF in New York, June 11-14:
ABFF Movie Premieres are always exciting. Last year the men from Think Like A Man Too had a little fun on the red carpet.

Last year’s festival in New York City was Spectacular!

This year promises to be even better. I will be there so come join me. I’m moderating ABFF REMEMBERS: “BOYZ IN THE HOOD” a screening and discussion with John Singleton, the Academy Award nominated director and writer. Hope to see you there!

Terrence J Talks to Reggie Ponder about new film Think Like A Man Too

Consuella AKA Connie of Chicago’s V103 talks Think Like A Man Too

Regina Hall & Michael Ealy Talk about their new movie, About Last Night with Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic

 Reggie Ponder catches up Regina Hall and Michael Ealy who talk about their new film About last night. The fill also stars Kevin Hart and Joy Bryant