Category Archives: Movie Review

Issa Rae And Kumail Ninjiani Are Lovebirds – A Short Review

Release Date: April 24

Starring: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Anna Camp, etc.


Love isn’t always rosy; it’s a journey and can be made or marred by the unlikeliest of circumstances. For Jibran and Leilani, witnessing a murder turns out to be what ignites a new spark of passion they weren’t sure they still had in them, and, as it turns out, happens to be what sustains their relationship.

Kumail Ninjiani and Issa Rae, who are arguably two of the funniest people in present day Hollywood, breathe life into this clumsy, comic couple. And I thought they were fun to watch. Chemistry was average. I wasn’t really sold on the depth of their love or not-hate relationship, but it was enough to sustain the movie based on a very shaky, cliche plot.

It’s not perfect (which movie is anyway?) but you’re sure to have a good time if you watch it.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Coffee and Kareem (2020) – A Review

Release Date: April 3 (Netflix)

Starring: Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Taraji P. Henson, Ed Helms, et al.


‘Coffee & Kareem’ is a Netflix original film about a 12-year-old boy (Kareem) who decides to put an end to his mother dating a white police officer (Coffee).

As an R-rated comedy film, ‘Coffee & Kareem’ doesn’t fare badly. Watching it does invoke genuine laughter in certain scenes, mostly thanks to the charismatic performance of Terrence Little Gardenhigh (Kareem) a real life 13-year-old and his mostly talented supporting cast, Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson. Terrence’s Kareem character is really foul- mouthed; it’s mostly fun, but sometimes it’s also too much to watch without cringing.

One of my favorite scenes in this movie is from my fav, Taraji, who plays Kareem’s mother. She goes on a whooping streak and hands two low -life thugs their assess when they come for her. Epic Taraji!

There’s nothing extraordinary about ‘Coffee & Kareem’, maybe aside its pun-styled title. The story is cliche and calling its execution sloppy is putting it mildly. But if you want to have a good time watching something with low stakes and that’ll require very little brain functions, this is a good choice.


Rinzy’s Rating: 2/5

Extraction: Could This Netflix Thriller Be The New John Wick?

“No matter how badass you think you are, there is always a badass bigger than you.” Amir, the main antagonist of this Netflix rescue thriller, says to one of his numerous henchmen during an early scene. It’s almost as if he knew I’d be comparing this movie to the likes of John Wick, Jason Bourne and all the other memorable characters with terrific stunt work before he made that statement.

In case the thought crossed your mind, no, this isn’t me hinting at ‘Extraction’ being a masterpiece or having a protagonist whose name would go on to strike fear whenever called upon, that’s not it at all. My praises, however, are unreserved for it having one of the most impressive choreography, camera work shot angles, and stunt work I’ve seen in a while.

Oh my! What’s not to love about Chris Hemsworth punching and killing people?

Everything the movie’s cliche rescue storyline lacks in originality, its impressive action sequences make up for it. And I think for this movie, that’s enough to love it.

Netflix leaves the ending ambiguous, probably to test the waters, see how viewers react and decide if a sequel should happen sometime in the future.

Do you want a sequel to Extraction?

Mortal Kombat Makes A Return To Film With Scorpion’s Revenge (2020). Was It Worth It? – A Revenge

Release Date: April 14


I fondly remember the Mortal kombat movies from the ’90s, the animated series and games on consoles, but I never realized how much I missed this property until I saw ‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge’.

The story is the same one we’ve heard a thousand times now – it’s a war between Outworld and Earthrealm. The earth runs the risk of being taken over by the Outworld-ians if it loses one more Mortal Kombat tournament to make 10. It’s up to Team Raiden -Sonya Blade, Lui Kang and Johnny Cage- to ensure that never happens. The twist, this time, though, is that what I just described is the subplot of this movie.

‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge’, as you might’ve guess now, is actually about Scorpion, his tragic backstory, and his quest for revenge. The tournament is just a side attraction he attends to satisfy Quan Chi’s cravings, who (SPOILER alert!) was the one that a actually killed his wife and child.

Quan chi fights Scorpion

I know we’ve seen this twist many times, but I thought it worked well for this one. And there’s enough gore and brutality to keep fans of the material highly entertained.

The movie is fast-paced, the run time is roughly 80 minutes and it covers a lot.

Popular characters (like Reptile and Sub-Zero) from the property’s history are killed in a jiffy. Some others (like Jax) have a new origin story woven for them. And some others (like Johnny Cage) suddenly know karate when Push comes to shove. One other thing I didn’t like was that it didn’t feature the classic Mortal Kombat tune (I feel like I’m missing something, so if you know what it is help me out here).

Liu Kang, Sonya and Johnny Cage

We get a glimpse of this movie’s self-awareness, a nod to present-day, real-life movement, when Sonya hits Johnny Cage in the nut (twice) warning him not to touch her without her permission, a mistake he doesn’t make the third time ’cause , you know, third times a chance and he could lose his balls for good.

Seen this movie?
What did you think about it?
Are you excited to see Shao Kahn in action, in a possible sequel?

The Gentlemen: How Do You Sell A Drug Empire Without Complications? – A Review

Release Date: December 3, 2019

Starring: Matthew McConaughe, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Strong, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, et al.

This movie starts with a simple premise – An investigative journalist, Fletcher, hopes to blackmail a bodyguard, Raymond, into paying him 20 million dollars in exchange for a metaphorical (yet literal) screenplay that’ll save his boss, Mickey Pearson’s life.

Funny stuff, believe me.

How the game quickly turns around, reveals the key players, and reveals Fletcher isn’t really the one with all the chips is marvelous.

This Guy Ritchie movie has all the markings of a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Love it, love it, love it!

Among many other reasons why Interstellar is one of my all time favourite movie, it gave me Mathew McConaughe to fall in love with. In ‘The Gentlemen, he doesn’t disappoint one bit. His portrayal of crime veteran on the edge of retirement, Mickey Pearson, is phenomenal! The rest of the supporting are too, with special recognition to Charlie Hunnan and Henry Golding’s Dry Eye.

PS: Dry eyes. Phucc. Who the actual fuck named these characters? 😂

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

The Banker: Another Movie Highlighting The Racism In America’s Past – A Review

Release: Apple TV

Starring:Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long, Nicholas Hoult, et al.

Whenever I’m done watching a movie about racial injustice in America, I’m a little more broken than before I started.

‘The Banker’ tells the story of two black entrepreneurs and how their actions helped change the rigged game that favoured whites over their kind. How? By circumventing the law and exploiting loopholes to help negroes in their community access loans for their business.

It is a cool story to watch unfold. It’s also based on a true-life story. This means that, sometime in history, two black men actually outsmarted a bunch of naively racist white folks and owned not one, but two banks.

In some ways, this is a rags-to-riches story, and in some others, it’s a story about financial decline and having your whole world implode in your face, but I liked how it didn’t dwell on the latter.

Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nia Long, and Nicholas Hoult all do good jobs carrying this story. Mackie’s role as Bernard Garrett doesn’t really challenge his range, but it doesn’t diminish it either. It’s a good entry in his rapidly growing list of leading man role.

Directed by: George Nolfi

Rinzy’ Rating: 3/5

Harley Quinn Is Heartbroken And Finds New Allies In The Birds Of Prey – Review

Release Date: February 7

Starring: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, et al.


The beautiful thing about a break-up, whether good or bad, is that it challenges you to open your eyes to new hobbies so you can heal faster. That happens to be Harley’s dilemma when ‘Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn’ opens. What a title!

Trying to make a name for herself post her break-up with The Joker, Harley unwittingly puts a target on her back, and opens herself to new kinds of drama she’d never had thought to contend with before. Her actions catch the attention of Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, the latest deranged individual who intends to rule Gotham. Like Renee Montoya says, “Harley obviously didn’t think her actions through.”

BoP (as I’d like to refer to that lengthy title) is one helluva fun movie! It continues in the thread o the new DC live-action properties, a line its predecessors -Shazam, Aquaman, Legends of Tomorrow, etc.- have toed in varying degrees.

Does it work?

Yes, it does. There’s definitely no way a serious Harley Quinn’ would be taken serious by fans.

Could it have been better?
Yes, by a wide margin! More polishing and fine turning here and there definitely would’ve made it a better movie.

Character development is haphazardly done and back stories are muddled up for the sake of adding twists to the timeline, which, honestly, wasn’t surprising.

The reason for banding the girls together is so bland, I found myself rolling my eyes multiple times as I could smell the end game a mile away.

Yet, even with these messes and less time developing our other birds as much as Harley, BoP still entertains. Ewan McGregor loses himself as Black Mask and is mostly cool to watch, but, as expected, it’s Margot Robbie who carries the most of the film. She definitely was born to play Harley Quinn.

If there’s ever a sequel, I’d like to see more of Canary, Renee, and Huntress. Mostly, a better backstory for the first two.


Directed by: Cathy Yan

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5