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‘F9’ REVIEW: Revving Up for the Next Chapter of the Fast Saga

There is no time to blink. F9: The Fast Saga is a high-speed train of action that takes the audience through a double-upside down loop, around rings of fire, and then morphs into a private jet, its heavy artillery in the action movie genre.

 Although the high-velocity film took some softer turns, as Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) shows his warm fatherly side and Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) looks into theories on why the Fast&Furious family always goes through near-death endeavors unscathed, the movie will have one drifting into another atmosphere of thrill and adventure.

The original cast is reunited, and members introduced along the way collided in F9, intricately placed through the movie to reveal an otherworldly journey. The OG crewmembers Tej Parker (Ludacris) and Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) interact with Twinkie (Bowwow) and Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), setting up the scene to reach new heights for F9. Tokyo drifter Han Lue (Sung Kang) will return to a tear-jerking welcome by the crew.

The portrayals of women of F9 are powerful and exciting. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) play the strong Torretto matriarchs that show up for their family. Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), the technological genius and brain behind operations, returns from The Fate of The Furious. The villain, Cipher (Charlize Theron), is the main antagonist, and, although she may be a ruthless cyber-terrorist, her character (almost) always outsmarts the men.

Fast & Furious is a well-executed action movie. There is no way one can watch this once and get all the action that just unraveled. The choreography behind the scenes is seamless. It looks organic as if all humans can jump off buildings and tumble down hills in military-grade tanks (not recommended) with ease. F9 certainly sells the dream that this is all feasible.

Bulletproof vests aside, F9 has always been about family and culture. In April, Diesel told the press that late Paul Walker was still spiritually present in the making of Fast 9. So much so, Diesel said, that Walker helped influence the casting of Jon Cena as Dom’s little brother, Jakob. All the characters were bound together by a cross necklace, indicating that the movie is deeply tied to culture and unity.

When the thrill-infused saga comes out in theatres on June 25, the best advice is to put the pedal to the metal and watch the history of the best action movie unfold, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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Review by Betti Halsell

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‘The Man From Toronto’ Trailer: Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson Star In Action-Packed Comedy

Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson star in Netflix’s upcoming action-packed comedy dropping on Netflix on June 24.

A case of mistaken identity arises after a screw-up sales consultant and the world’s deadliest assassin—known only as The Man from Toronto— run into each other at a holiday rental.

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‘Bid For Love’: BET Announces Premiere Date and Releases Official Trailer

BET debuted the trailer for its upcoming original drama Bid For Love, set for a June release.

The cast includes Blue Kimble (Ruthless), Dawn Halfkenny (Saints & Sinners), Adrian Lockett (The Oval), Jermel Howard (BMF), Tami Roman (The Family Business), Nikki Dixon (First Christmas), Ptosha Storey (The Oval), Jayda Cheaves and Kwaylon Rogers.

‘Bid For Love’ cast

Directed by Arthur Muhammad (Carter High), the story follows Sasha (Halfkenny) as she navigates life following a prison release. After serving time for her former drug trafficking boyfriend Memphis (Kimble), Sasha falls in love with Malik (Lockett), a generous and successful real estate entrepreneur. The man’s motives for Sasha, however, are far from good. Malik slowly attempts to alienate her from family and friends as he secretly plots against her.

Bid For Love is produced by Lawainna Patterson, London Williams, Shauna D. Balfour, and Christina Cooper. The film will air on BET Her and BET+ on June 23. Watch the official trailer below.

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Martin Reunion First Look Trailer

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BET+ debuted the first look trailer for its highly-anticipated Martin reunion. Three decades later, the cast is reuniting for a special episode dropping on June 16.

Participating stars include Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, and Carl Anthony Payne II.

The trailer opens with a dedication to Thomas Mikal Ford, who played Tommy in the series. The actor sadly passed away in 2016 from an operation complication. He was 52.

Hosted by comedian Affion Crockett, the special will focus on the show’s origin and evolution. In addition, it will feature interviews with the surviving cast, original directors, special musical performances, and behind-the-scenes must-sees.

Martin, which premiered in 1992, starred Lawrence – who played various characters, Campbell as Martin’s girlfriend and later his wife, Gina; Arnold as Gina’s best friend, Pam; and Martin’s two best friends, Cole (Payne) and Tommy (played by the late Thomas Ford). The series concluded with season five due to the tensions between the two main cast members. People reported that Campbell sued Lawrence for “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery, verbal abuse, and related threats” in 1997. The two later reconciled, with Campbell announcing in 2020 that she was “so glad that we’re in a good place right now.”

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