Rated - PG 13
2 OUT 5 POPCORN BAGS
LAUREN FRANCIS-SHARMA SAYS:
The creators of “Hancock” thought it would be appealing to wrap our newest “hero” in a cape of re
supposed to eventually learn to like him because he’s lonely and only really wants to be appreciated.
John Hancock is an immortal amnesiac who does not remember anything about his life before he
woke up in a Miami hospital eighty years ago. And unexpectedly, in this new century, he finds himself
befriended by a generous, public relations guru-wannabe, Ray, Jason Bateman, who is married to
Mary, Charlize Theron. In a very choppy editing muddle, the truth is revealed and Hancock learns that,
Mary, the love of his life, can never be with him unless they both sacrifice their immortality.
Obviously, there are a few really refreshing and funny moments in the movie. Ray, played by Jason
Bateman, is a delight. He’s funny, he’s kind, he could have been a great sidekick to Hancock if they
had left his wife out of the story. But beside every good man, there’s a woman. Except in this case,
the lady is already taken and we’re supposed to believe that the nice guy, Ray, will be okay being
married to a woman whose destiny is really to be with another man. Hmm….
However, the most flagrant flaw of the movie is Hancock’s rivals. They’re a lawless bunch of goof-
ups, who somehow manage to escape from prison just as Hancock is falling in love with Mary and
both are becoming mortal again. What luck! They all engage in a really uneventful show-down in a
hospital, with the nerdy bad guy saying all the requisite crap bad guys say right before they deal the
final blow. And then, of course, Hancock, seemingly rises from the dead and saves Mary's life.
Look, if you’re going to try to make a new superhero and waste our precious summer minutes, then,
at the very least give us a guy — or in this case, a guy and a girl— who have real enemies. Give us a
superhero who has a solid story. And most importantly, give us a superhero whose motive for doing
good is not just to make people love him, because everyone knows that nobody likes that guy.
Rated - R
2 OUT 5 POPCORN BAGS
VALERIE FREEMAN SAYS:
Clifford "Method Man" Smith in "The Wackness".
Rated - N/R
3 OUT 5 POPCORN BAGS
SHAWN EDWARDS SAYS:
Kathryn J. Taylor may be the next Tyler Perry. The playwright and actress has transitioned to the big
“Homeless Destiny” is an excerpt from Taylor ’s stage show "Out The Box: A 3 Woman 1 Woman
Show." The film short is crammed, as the angels encounter four strangers in this urban parable. It's
the perfect set-up for a feature length film which will allow the premise to have room to better unfold.
There are a lot of themes thrown into this 13-minute philosophical lesson that needs more time to
be better developed and explored. But the set up is intriguing as the two angels have been sent to
test the humanity of mankind.
Taylor, who incorporates elements of Will Smith as Bagger Vance and Halle Berry who convincingly
played a crack head in Spike Lee’s 1990 film “Jungle Fever,” is amazing as the schizophrenic street
messenger. However, she is not totally convincing as a homeless woman due to the fact the beauty
of the former Miss Kansas transcends the smudges on her face and fake rotten teeth. But it’s a
noble try. In the acting department, Taylor is radiant and fun to watch, especially opposite Tene
Carter Miller who plays the second angel Seven. The two have chemistry.
Directed by Trey Haley, “Homeless Destiny” is a well-produced short that has a strong foundation for
a feature film.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Rated - G
4 OUT 5 POPCORN BAGS
SHAWN EDWARDS SAYS:
“High School Musical 3: Senior Year” the Disney phenomenon finally on the big screen is part
(Jemma McKenzie-Brown, Matt Prokop and Justin Martin). This time the vocally gifted teeny-boppers
have been given bigger set pieces to break out into well-written and catchy pop songs while dancing
their booties off. And it’s fun to watch as these kids go ape through song.
Things start in number three with the Wildcats winning the most improbable state basketball
championship in the history of the sport since they won the state championship in “High School
Musical 2.” No problem, Zac Efron and Corbin Bleu weren’t hired for their athletic ability but because
they can sing, dance and look terrific. Just ask any tween. These dudes have “star” appeal and the
filmmakers know it. The camera stays stuck in their grills as they wink, smile and seduce the hold
their own in this super sweet piece of eye candy. Vanessa Hudgens is a wide-eye beauty who can
carry a decent tune. While Monique Coleman provides even more spunk in number 3 as the brainiac
“HSM3” lacks major drama instead focusing on the cast’s future and what’s next after high school.
Not exactly fresh material. “Cooley High” this isn’t. But say what you will about the “High School
Musical” movies they have taught an entirely new generation to love musical theater. And in “High
School Musical 3” how could anyone resist the upbeat, bouncy all-together happy-go-lucky vibe even if
the storyline is a little flat and the main cast looks like they are seriously ready not to graduate from
high school but from this franchise.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
3 out 5 Popcorn Bags
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2
2 out of 5 Popcorn Bags
and Corbin Bleu are
back in High School
Musical 3: Senior Year