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Review: What Men Want

What men should want is not to be dragged to this movie for Valentine’s Day. And what men – and women – deserve is a stronger spin on a plot device that worked quite well in Nancy Meyers’ 2000 romantic comedy What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Gibson (before he went all weird on us) played a chauvinistic executive who learned something about himself – and his treatment of women – after a mishap gave him the ability to hear women’s inner thoughts. This time around, the genders are reversed. Taraji P. Henson plays Ali Davis, a successful sports agent in Atlanta who gains the ability to hear men’s inner thoughts. She hopes to use her newfound power (a blessing and a curse) to score a high-profile client, and land the promotion she is entitled to in the boy’s club that is her workplace.

Hidden Figures

How did we not know about this story before now?! That’s the biggest question I had after watching Hidden Figures, what I venture to call the best feel-good movie to hit theaters in recent weeks, months, or possibly even years. It’s based on the fascinating, true story of three African-American women who were part of a segregated ‘human computer’ division at NASA that ‘did the math’ that helped send astronaut John Glenn into orbit at the height of the space race in the early 1960s. Talk about the right stuff. These women had it.

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid is best viewed through the eyes of today’s youth, as opposed to the eyes of aging fans (like me) of the original. I have a soft spot for Ralph Macchio as Daniel san and the late Pat Morita as his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. But alas, the 1980s are over, and this reboot will likely hold its own among a new generation of movie-goers. Its young star, Jaden Smith is graced with the looks and acting instincts of his parents, actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. And if he can keep his head on straight like the original Kid, Ralph Macchio (check out “Wax On, F*ck Off” at FunnyOrDie.com), then junior Smith has quite the career ahead of him.