RELEASE DATE: MAY 8
DETAILS: In this comeback album, the group returns with two fewer members (down from five) and with songs that discuss various topics that stray from the rapper's formula of drugs, cars, sex and money.
MY THOUGHTS: This album, like many other comeback albums, has failed. The group should sit down and accept legendary status. The rap game has changed, and this effort is outdated, with lyrics and flow reminiscent of the 1990s. The only current aspect of the album is the Swizz Beatz- and Jermaine Dupri-produced tracks. This album would have been a major hit seven or eight years ago, but now it's just an album that will only be appreciated by true BTNH fans.
THE VERDICT: A solid effort, but my expectations were a lot higher, and they did not deliver.
- Brianna Mack
RELEASE DATE: IT'S AT THE DISCOUNT THREATERS.
MPAA RATING: R
THE PLOT: Hilary Swank plays a retired minister who lost her faith after a brush with death that left her character without her daughter and husband. She travels to a small Louisiana town after hearing of biblical plagues in the area, in hopes of assisting the villagers. Along the way, her character gives brilliant explanations for many biblical occurrences, making the film believable and realistic. AnnaSophia Robb plays Loren the "creepy child" so well she puts that kid from The Grudge to shame.
STEPHANIE'S THOUGHTS: The ending of the movie was comparable to other horror/thriller films, including Silent Hill and The Ring, but with a darker and more realistic plot. It's not an on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of movie, but you definitely won't leave your seat for this one.
MAPLE'S THOUGHTS: The script is clever, the acting is top notch, and the storyline is a refreshing break from your typical biblical horror movie. Overall, definitely worth a see.
COMBINED GRADE: A
- Stephanie Wilson and Maple Dynan
HIP-HOP HEALTH DAYS: Living healthy should be a priority this summer for teens.