“Harriet” (Rotten Tomatoes: 97%) – PG-13

A biographical film of an American hero, “Harriet” depicts the life of runaway slave, turned abolitionist, Harriet Tubman. 

“Shaft” (RT: 94%) – R

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, and Richard Roundtree, this is the fifth installment in the Shaft series and the sequel to the 2000 film. It depicts the son of John Shaft II, John “JJ” Shaft Jr., who grows up without his father and becomes and FBI agent and a cybersecurity expert.

“Aladdin” (RT: 94%) – PG

The second Disney remake of the year, after “Dumbo,” “Aladdin” is the live-action version of the 1992 animated film. With Will Smith taking up the part of Genie, none of the other roles were filled by big name actors. 

“Toy Story 4” (RT: 94%) – G

The toys are back in their fourth installment of the popular franchise. The toys are now with a new owner Bonnie and Woody is having trouble adapting not no longer being the owner’s favorite. However, a road trip will give him a newfound purpose. 

“Black and Blue” (RT: 93%) – R

A New Orleans police officer is in the fight for her life after witnessing her colleague commit murder. Her only leverage is the footage on her body cam, and with the help of a member of the community she must create a plan to save both herself and the footage. 

“Queen & Slim” (RT: 92%) – R

The breakout of 2019, “Queen & Slim” is a romantic drama that depicts a young Black couple on the run after killing a police officer in self-defense. As the two try to escape to Cuba, a nationwide manhunt is conducted to capture them. Simultaneously, protests in support of the couple begin to happen,  demonstrating the thousands of people who are tired of police brutality. 

“Dolemite Is My Name” (RT: 91%) – R

A biographical comedy, Eddie Murphy portrays blaxploitation filmmaker and comedian Rudy Ray Moore, best known for his 1970s character Dolemite, who he used in his stand up comedy and films. 

“Avengers: Endgame” (RT: 90%) – PG-13

The fourth installment in the “Avengers” series, this film is the second part to 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” The heroes attempt to repair the damage that Thanos caused to the universe before he destroyed the infinity stones but traveling to the past to retrieve them. However, their time-jumping causes some issues and brings a Thanos from the past into the present to retrieve his prize.

“Joker” (RT: 88%) – R

This film dives deep into the backstory of one of DC Comics most notorious villains, The Joker. It’s set in 1981 Gotham City and depicts the life of Arthur Fleck, a stand up comedian with a medical disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times. Through a series of events influenced by crime, poverty, and unemployment, audiences watch as Fleck slow goes down the road which eventually leads to becoming the insane criminal clown that we all know and love, or hate. 

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” (RT: 88%) – PG

This film is a spinoff of the Fast & Furious franchise, and the ninth installment overall,  featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. The two have to work together to locate both a Shaw’s sister and a missing virus. 

“The Lion King” (RT: 88%) – PG

This version of a time-honored Disney classic was made with virtual-reality tools to create a like-like remake of the story of Simba played by Donald Glover. Other celebrity voice actors include Beyoncé as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, and James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (RT:86%) – PG-13

The third installment of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy (following 2015’s “The Force Awakens” and 2017’s “The Last Jedi”) and the ninth installment overall, Kylo Ren is sent on a mission, by Emperor Palpatine to kill Rey who is completing her Jedi training under General Leia Organa.

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (RT: 84%) – R

A young man in San Francisco frequently visits the home that his grandfather built until the occupants move out, causing him to illegally move in. However, in the end the home was never built by his grandfather, but the old and new memories that he created in it still hold dear to him.

“Gemini Man” (RT: 83%) – PG-13

Will Smith stars as a 51-year-old assassin ready for retirement, but he must first out smart a younger and faster clone of himself who is attempting to kill him.

“Dark Phoenix” (RT: 64%) – PG13

Jean Grey is the focus of the film, after taking in the Phoenix Force in this twelfth installment of the “X-Men” franchise. When she takes the life of fellow mutant Mystique, the mutants are divided on whether to help her or kill her. However, another party enters the picture that will unite the mutants with Jean. 

“Little” (RT:62%) – PG-13

Starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and Marsai Martin, a men businesswoman is turned into a child after kid makes a wish for her to become “little.” With the help of her assistant, she must learn to navigate the world of being a grown woman trapped in a young woman’s body.

“Us” (RT: 59%) – R

A family of four goes on a vacation, occupying a beach house. However, they later met by four attackers who are later revealed to have the same appearance as each family member. 

American Son (RT: 44%) – TVMA

Kerry Washington stars in the Netflix version of the broadway play “American Son,” which she also stars in. Both versions depict what happens in the late hours of the night, when a Black mother realizes that her son is missing. 

“What Men Want” (RT: 33%) – R

A remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson film “What Women Want,” Taraji P. Henson plays a woman who acquires the power to hear the thoughts of men, allowing her to outsmart the opposite sex. 

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” (RT: 30%) – PG13

The eleventh and final installment of Tyler Perry’s Madea-themed films, Madea is asked to plan a funeral while having to help keep family secrets hidden from the rest of the attendees. 

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