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    The Ferrari brothers recently opened a new kind of wine, coffee and sandwich shop, inspired by their own family and aims to be welcoming to all. Read on for all the delicious details.

    Mom ‘n ‘Em is a coffee, wine, and sandwich shop in Camp Washington.

    “Hey, how’s your mom ‘n ’em?” This question was often asked by Tony and Austin Ferrari’s father and has become an inside joke among their family.

    The two brothers decided to take their love of family and combine it with their love of food and drinks to launch Mom ‘n ‘Em, a Euro-style cafe.

    “Mom ‘n ‘Em is inspired by and for our mother who loves coffee and being around people,” says Co-Owner Tony Ferrari. “We have an inside joke with our family that started from 700 WLW when Gary Burbank started the show off with ‘Hey, how’s your mom ‘n em.’ My dad would ask us that everyday and still listens to that station all day.”

    According to Ferrari, Mom ‘n ‘Em is a place you could spend all day eating, working, drinking, or just hanging out.

    “We are a coffee shop with a full liquor license, bottle shop to go, and safe place for everyone,” he says. “We have a unique selection of tinned fishes from Spain and Portugal, our own espresso blend ‘bro spro’ roasted by Deeper Roots, and our Pinot Noir Rose ‘Brose’ we make in Santa Barbara with Graham Tatomer.”

    Mom ‘n ‘Em is an idea that the brothers love and want to share with everyone – and it just so happens to be in a renovated old house in Camp Washington, a community that is close to the brothers’ hearts.

    While the Ferrari brothers are not new to the entrepreneur scene in Cincinnati, Mom ‘n ‘Em is brand new to the community, opening its doors on Mother’s Day. “That means every year we can celebrate our anniversary on Mother’s Day along with all the wonderful moms out there,” says Tony.

    Austin and Tony Ferrari, the brothers behind Mom ‘n ‘Em, with their mother.

    The menu at Mom ‘n ‘Em is coffee forward, with signature Franklins cold brew flavored with coconut and a touch of milk. There are about 75 different types of wine, beer, rotating cheese and salami, thick cut toasts, and the already famous “Dirty Nati” egg sandwich.

    “Wash it down with mom’s secret milkshake, a boozy concoction that tastes like Girl Scout Thin Mints, or some of our favorite cocktails,” says Ferrari. “We really do pack a lot into one place and have everything you need.”

    The Ferrari brothers are proud of the space they’ve found in Mom ‘n ‘Em. Ferrari says it’s a space that helps customers feel like they’re hanging out at a friend’s house, drinking good wine, listening to great tunes, and snacking on simple, well done food.

    If you’re interested in expanding your wine palette with Mom ‘n Em, the brothers also offer a wine club. “You’re not stuck with just one wine or winery, you will never get the same bottle in our club,” says Ferrari. “It’s a beautiful mix of great juice from all over the world. We have a monthly pick up of 2 wines for $50, 4 for $75, or 2 bottles for $250 for big ballers that love rare, hard-to-find stuff. Being a member, you receive free monthly tastings on the day of pickup, and free corkage when you come hang out. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

    Ferrari says that currently, the brothers are looking to just enjoy their time with Mom ‘n ‘Em. There are plans for outdoor seating in a well-designed eco-friendly green space with a dog area, bike racks, and nature in mind, as well as bistro nights where everything is cooked on an open fire for a family-style set-up. “It’s a living, growing thing, and we are excited to share it all with the community,” he adds.

    You can visit Mom ‘n ‘Em at 3128 Colerain Avenue at Bates Avenue in Camp Washington, right off the Hopple Street exit.

    To learn more about Mom ‘n ‘Em, visit momnemcoffee.com. You can also follow along on Instagram to stay up to stay on events, announcements, and entertainment.

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    We're heading to Mariemont for an expansive estate in this week's Listing of the Week! Click for a peek inside.

    You don’t want to miss this expansive, private estate in the Heart of the Village, minutes from downtown Cincinnati. The 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom home in 5,696 square feet also includes an adjoining, buildable lot, which is to be sold with the home. The home itself features exceptional finishes, including a family room open to a spacious outdoor living area. The home is listed at $1.75 million and is a unique opportunity in historic Mariemont.

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

     

     

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    A local non-profit places at-risk youth on a path to success. See how they’re changing things up to provide some major support.

    CATS is a program that helps at-risk teens in Greater Cincinnati. Photo by: Jonathan Gibson Photography – Cincinnati Wedding Photography

    The Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios (CATS) wants to help local youth in Cincinnati Public Schools. According to CATS Marketing and Communications Director Brooke Sallas, the non-profit organization is doing just that by partnering students from the school district with like-minded organizations to help students earn fine arts and elective credits so they can graduate from high school on time and head down a path to a successful life.

    “Our team of staff, art instructors, board of directors, and partners are dedicated to unlocking each student’s potential, equipping them with critical life skills and nurturing their unique abilities through graduation and beyond,” explains Sallas.

    The program at CATS was modeled after the Manchester Bidwell Training Center, which inspires to re-engage young adults in their education while helping them discover their self-worth through the power of art.

    “Students work alongside professional artists in a first-class environment featuring cutting-edge technology and equipment, where they are nurtured and encouraged to develop skills that will propel them into successful futures,” says Sallas.

    The history of CATS goes back to 2003 when it was established by a small group of passionate leaders who wanted to make a difference in the Tri-State. Those founders include Lee Ault Carter, Pierre Wevers, Bob Castellini, and Bill Strickland.

    Today the program offers five studio courses including ceramics, 2-D design, 3-D design, digital multimedia, and stained glass, all of which are designed to meet Ohio Department of Education visual arts standards and are open to high school juniors, seniors, and overage underclassmen.

    “Each course offers students the opportunity to earn credits toward graduation,” says Sallas. “Many of our students also enroll in our highly-notable workforce development program, Bridging the Gap (BTG), that focuses on preparing graduates to launch successful careers following high school graduation. BTG also provides skilled workers to industries that have a shortage of talent.”

    CATS offers support to kids in the community in several ways, according to Sallas. These include:

    • Building consistent relationships with students, schools, and partners
    • Meet at-risk teens where they are
    • Provide a first-class learning environment
    • Maintain small classes to ensure personalized attention
    • Empower teens to define and achieve success through a culture of respect, a strong message of success, accountability, instruction, and caring
    • Leverage the arts to help students create their lives as they do their art
    • Staff successful working artists with hearts for at-risk teens
    • Support 18 months post-graduation to help them stay successful

    Sallas says that what helps CATS stand out is that the program is closely connected to Cincinnati Public Schools to work collaboratively on behalf of students while also marrying professional teaching artists with career educators to offer a model of education in a small student-to-artist ratio.

    Students also receive support in training and certification, connections with employer partners, access to college mentoring, local college tours, and extended opportunities.

    The support offered through CATS is just the beginning as there are several new things on the horizon for the organization.

    “We just went through a rebrand and we are focusing on brand awareness and connecting with our community,” says Sallas, who recently joined CATS to help reverse the sentiment of being a ‘hidden gem’ in Cincinnati.

    Additionally, says Sallas, the Young Professional committee is working to bring a series of Sip and Paints to offer fun and engaging activities while showcasing the work CATS does.

    “We were also recently selected by UC DAAP for the E2C Symposium, a design blitz benefitting a local non-profit, where DAAP’s emerging creatives investigate our facility through design thinking to improve our current space and bring about a more innovative environment to our students,” says Sallas.

    To learn more about CATS, the work they do to support local youth, and more, visit www.cincinnatiartsandtechnologystudios.org. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Read about a college student who launched an Ohio-based business that’s helping to build a hospital in Haiti one beautiful bracelet at a time.

    Mercy Bracelets help support the building of a hospital in Haiti.

    Hannah Lamarco, a student at Cedarville University, launched Mercy Bracelets as a junior in college nearly a year ago. 

    “Mercy Bracelets is an online shop that sells bracelets to raise awareness and money for a hospital that is being built in Les Cayes, Haiti,” says Lamarco. 

    “I started the business a month after I came back from a mission trip I took with the university,” she explains. “Our project on this trip was to help build Mercy Hospital. I fell in love with the ministry and the people while I was there.”

    Once she returned to the United States Lamarco says she felt obligated to connect more people with the ministry.”

    That’s when she had the idea to sell bracelets and help others get connected with the same cause she was invested in. 

    “The bracelets are prayer reminders for people to pray for the ministry while they wear the bracelet,” she says. “With every bracelet, customers also get a prayer card with the name of a Haitian child who is waiting for the hospital to be built. This give everyone specific names to be praying for.”

    Proceeds from the bracelets as well as donations go to the hospital. Lamarco says that so far she has raised over $11,000 for the hospital just this year. 

    For every bracelet purchased, $5 goes directly to help build the hospital. “This goes to buying bricks and other supplies that the hospital needs to be built,” says Lamarco. “This directly benefits the community of Les Cayes not only by providing jobs for builders, but it gives the community a cause that they are supporting that will benefit them in the end.”

    Lamarco says that Mercy Bracelets doesn’t just sell bracelets. “Our cause is greater than ourselves, and we give our audience the opportunity to be a part of this cause, too,” she says. “We invite people to become a part of the Mercy Team not by just buying a bracelet, but by praying for these people in Haiti. And we give you specific people to be connected to through prayer.”

    The mission behind Mercy Bracelets isn’t just about the beads themselves but the hearts of the people buying the bracelets and those who benefit from their sales. “This hospital has affected so many people’s lives already, and we can’t wait to see everything it is going to do when it is fully operating,” she adds.

    You can purchase bracelets at mercybracelets.com or visit The Farm Table in Grove City. Lamarco says that anyone who owns a boutique and would like to sell Mercy Bracelets can reach out to do wholesale at mercybracelets.com. To follow along with the mission behind Mercy Bracelets, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Learn about a Mason-based yoga studio that focuses on practices that build strength and stamina, but also clear the mind.

    Hi Fi Yoga offers high intensity, hot, warm, and non-heated yoga as well as aerial yoga and buti yoga.

    Most yoga practices will help you build strength and clear your mind, but one Mason based yoga studio puts it in high gear. Hi Fi Yoga, to be exact.

    Hi Fi Yoga is “a boutique yoga studio offering high intensity hot, warm and non-heated yoga along with aerial yoga, and buti yoga, with music at the core, our studio curates old and new playlists to fuel you through your practice,” Tommy Moorman, co-owner of Hi Fi Yoga, LLC, says. “We also offer really creative flows-expect the unexpected with each class!” 

    Hi Fi Yoga opened in November of 2018 and has eight full-time instructors and 12 substitute instructors.

    The inspiration behind starting the practice was Lori Allen, Moorman’s business partner, seeing other practices that were lower energy than he wanted to see. “Music was low or safe, experience was uncomfortable or too quiet. We wanted a studio that exemplified us, good energy, love for music  and community,” Moorman says. “”We want to tear down the misconception that all yoga is spiritual. It can be and that is fine for others. For us, it’s all about the physical practice to not only build strength and stamina, but also clear the mind.”

    The name for the practice came from the music industry, “Hi Fi stands for high fidelity in the music world and we’ve reapplied it as an acronym for high intensity fitness yoga,” he says. “Music is a big deal with our studio. We play our music loud in the yoga rooms. In the café/lounge area, we have a turntable for our clients to choose what record they want to play when hanging out before or after class.”

    There are a variety of classes offered through Hi Fi Yoga and they are: Hot Power Yoga, Warm Vinyasa Flow, Warm Beginner Yoga, Slo Flo Yoga, Hi Fi Yin, Hi Barre and Hi Fi Float (Ariel Yoga).

    The practice defines success through clients having a positive experience. “It is our goal for clients to walk away with that yoga high. There’s nothing better than seeing one of our yogis get into their first handstand or try a new pose for the first time,” Moorman says. “Success is helping our clients realize how strong they truly are and what their body is capable of.” 

    The mission of the practice to help people realize how powerful they are, both physically and mentally, Moorman says. Hi Fi “We are yoga for misfits,” he adds. “Yoga can be intimidating at first, especially for men and we’ve created an environment where it really is cool to just come and be yourself without judgment. We treat everyone like family and genuinely support each other and our diverse backgrounds and experience.” 

    Moorman says he loves to interact with the people that come into the practice and that’s what gets him to come back to work everyday. “I love hearing about the impact a regular yoga practice is having on your clients’ lives, from helping them de-stress to getting physically stronger or losing weight,” he says. “Also, knowing the community we are building is helping our members form new connections and feel they truly belong.”

    Hi Fi Yoga is located at 7900 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, Ohio 45040. To learn more, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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    A new Dayton-based company makes hand-made, organic body care products that are not only good for you, but also good for the environment.

    Baba Love Organics offers skin care products that are good for you and the environment.

    If you’ve ever looked at the back of the bottle of one of your favorite lotions or skincare products, you’ll probably find several unfamiliar, and difficult to pronounce chemical names. While those chemicals might perform a job well, they might be good for you or too harsh for sensitive skin.

    In February of 2018, Dayton native Vaniti Byrd launched her very own skin and body care line, Baba Love Organics, so that consumers could find natural products that perform well, but are free from any harsh unfamiliar chemicals. 

    The company’s official launch included only four products but now has a range of 27 different face and body care items.

    The mission of Baba Love Organics is to support total well-being, inside and out. “What we use on the largest organ of our body is ultimately going into our body,” Byrd says. “If we are placing toxins on our skin, we are placing toxins in our body.” 

    The entire idea behind the brand was to create skincare formulas that are free from toxins, made with organic and raw ingredients, cruelty-free, and ethically packaged. 

    One of the ways Baba Love Organics has made an effort to stay true to their vision of sustainability is by hosting “Bring Your Old Bottle” events where fans and customers can come by to give old packaging a new life by refilling them with organic body butters and oils. These events also bring the community together and provide a way for Byrd and her team to get feedback from the customers in real life. 

    Another popular event the company holds is their “Masks and MUMosas” beauty brunch. They feature a DIY mask bar, bottomless mimosas, vegan brunch foods, and one-on-one facial consultations with Byrd herself. 

    As an Etsy-based shop with no brick-and-mortar location, it’s extraordinary that loyal customers get to have experiences like this. “The experience keeps customers excited about using plant-based beauty care products,” says Byrd. 

    With products ranging from tooth polish to “bath tea”, Baba Love Organics offers a variety of products for those looking for a natural approach to self-care. 

    To visit the Baba Love Organics online shop, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/babaloveorganics/. To follow along on the company’s Facebook page, click here.

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    See how a family-owned, hometown hair salon in Milford was recently rebranded and remodeled to blend its history in the community with haute industry trends and expertise!

    Salon’63 is a hair salon in Old Milford offering a variety of hair services.

    Cincy Chic: What is Salon’63?
    Sara Wilson, Founder of Salon’63: We are a hair salon in Old Milford!

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the salon?
    Wilson: Family! Our salon has been known as that family-owned, hometown hair salon for so many years and I love it. I feel like every client that walks through the doors should be treated like they’ve been coming here for years.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired the rebrand of the salon?
    Wilson: I was given the opportunity to really make the salon my own, and to reintroduce some new techniques, styles, and passion for the industry!

    Cincy Chic: What’s the significance of the name of your salon?
    Wilson: Our name means so much to me! The year 1963 is when our former owner Bill Gayheart opened his salon Gayheart’s Total Design. He has given me such a wonderful opportunity and mentored me in such a way that I wanted to be able to honor him and all his success!

    The women behind Salon’63, including Owner Sara Wilson.

    Cincy Chic: You’re a new mom, how do you balance #momlife and salon life?
    Wilson: Oh gosh! I am still working on that! Haha Honestly, I have a very supportive husband, and 3 talented stylists working with me who help out so much. My clientele has also been incredibly flexible and understanding. I couldn’t do it without them.

    Cincy Chic: What makes you most excited about being the hair/makeup sponsor for Cincy Chic’s Vintage Chic Fashion Show on June 21?
    Wilson: Just being able to showcase our talent, be around an awesome group of women and get our salon name out there!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Salon’63?
    Wilson: Well, this year is our third year in business! We’ve been working so hard and really getting our name out there. This year we are so focused on building relationships and our reputation as hair color specialists! We’ve also recently done a photoshoot showcasing some of our formal styles which was SO MUCH FUN. Bring on those brides!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Wilson: We are on Instagram and Facebook!

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    Worried about the lack of money in your life? That might be the problem. Read on as our life coach columnist explains.

    Where’s my money? There is never enough! How often do you find yourself saying these exact works?

    The conversation around money is scary at times and seems to be more about “there is never enough.” If this sounds like you then read on.

    What if I told you there is more than enough money available for you?  

    Yeah right – may be your initial thought but let’s explore further into this concept.

    Begin by believing basic money principles will attract more money.  Tap into your emotional attachment (energetic vibration) around money.  How do you feel when you spend or receive money?  Is the feeling high or low? Depends, right!?

    For example: 

    Unexpected money shows up: you are either excited OR in disbelief

    Unexpected bill arrives you either take care of it OR get mad 

    Unexpected vacation opportunity: you are excited to find the funds OR sad you can’t afford to go

    If you look at these examples, you will see the emotional attachment is either high or low because for every action, there is a reaction. And depending on what you believe (and have experienced) you’ll lean towards either the high or the low vibration.

    Your money stories begin and ends with YOU. 

    Start from a place of knowing there is enough and be open to receive. Drop the stories of lack and focus on abundance.  Shift your vibration.

    I am a firm believer that what you want – wants you. Money is no different.  There is always enough for what you want OR something better.

    So, if you are thinking about debt, getting into debt, getting out of debt, regardless you’ll get more debt. That’s the law of attraction.

    If you think about abundance, you’ll get more abundance, especially when you are open to receive with an emotional attachment that is of a higher vibration and believing money is on its way to you.

    Try this activity: When you pay bills this month say “Thank You-Paid” and be in gratitude because these payments signify that someone has provided you an opportunity to have more than you have with the promise you will pay it back.  And if the money isn’t there now say “Thank You for the money I am about to receive” believing its well on its way to you. 

    Oh, and when you find that money unexpectedly on the ground or in a pocket, say “Thank You” because the Universe is showing you money is well on its way to you.  You are a magnet to money!

    This practice takes time; you are developing a muscle. If you would like additional support around money save the date for Wednesday, July 10 from 5:30-8PM at StudioCincy in Eastgate where I will be offering a workshop specifically around Women and Money!

    Registration details dropping soon so follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

     

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    This new flick takes the franchise on an exciting adventure to Europe, but is it a sluggish sequel as the box office numbers suggest? Read on for our movie critic‘s review.

     

    “Hey … Is that a green, incredible-looking hulk of a man over there?!” Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) survey their surroundings in Morocco in a scene from director F. Gary Gray’s MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL. Credit: Giles Keyte © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

     

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    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson and Larry and Laurent Bourgeois 

    DIRECTOR(S): F. Gary Gray

    THE BACK STORY: As a child, Molly (Tessa Thompson) and her parents saw an alien creature … But when the two men in black suits showed up to neutralize her mom and dad, they didn’t know she saw the alien, too, so she never forgot it. Fast-forward 20 years later and Molly has spent her whole life preparing to join the mysterious agency that tracks the ultimate foreigners to earth – which is why she jumps at the chance to prove herself to Agent O (Emma Thompson) once she discovers the Men In Black (MIB).

    For her first assignment, Molly – now known as Agent M – is paired up with Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) at MIB’s London office. Trained by his superior officer/London office head High T (Liam Neeson), Agent H is as reckless as he supposedly is heroic, a man that likes to party as hard as he sometimes works. Tasked with entertaining an alien from a planet that could destroy earth, things take a turn for the worse when two beings that may be from “The Hive,” a shape shifting alien race that can basically crush anything in its collective path, shows up on the scene. And now, to avoid an intergalactic incident, it’s up to a rookie agent and a philandering agent to save us all.

    THE REVIEW: Me, before the screening: “You know, watching the trailer, it doesn’t seem like Hemsworth and Thompson have any chemistry in this movie.”

    Friend who shall remain nameless, looking almost taken aback by my comment as if it were absurd: “They were fine together in Thor: Ragnarok.”

    Me, nearly two hours after the credits began to roll: “This is NOT Thor: Ragnarok.”

    Friend, looking as bored as I was with disappointment in their eyes: “Yeah.”

    Chris Hemsworth is NOT Will Smith nor should he ever try to or desire to be as his career up to this point has been pretty phenomenal all things considered. Likewise, Thompson’s star has seemed to be on the up-and-up in recent memory with hits both inside and out of the Marvel Universe to her credit. However, after witnessing the tedious, boring and “let’s go through the very familiar motions without any real emotion for the most part” affair that is Men In Black International (MIBI for short), both Hemsworth and Thompson might be wise to call up Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige and ask if there are any chances to cameo in Disney’s upcoming Loki streaming series. For MIBI is a largely flat, soulless affair that would be better served being left in a galaxy far, far away.

    As Thor, Hemsworth has found a great way to portray a powerful individual who can be charming, heroic, serious, focused and at times a childlike jerk that has to be coaxed into doing the right thing/learning how to step up and embrace his destiny. As Agent H, however, he comes off as just a boorish, pretentious, dare I say dumb lout of an individual who you can’t believe in any capacity. H is stale from start to finish, which may not all be Hemsworth’s fault as he isn’t given much at all to work with. It could be worse; Neeson looks to be on site to simply collect a check a’la Michael Caine in Jaws: The Revenge. Tommy Lee Jones (or even Josh Brolin in MIB 3) he is not. To watch Hemsworth and Neeson turn in such poor performances is just mind-numbing, both literally and figuratively.

    Thompson, for her part, tries to play things very smart, very smooth and very seriously … Which fails due to an incredibly dull script with plenty of “we’ve been here before!” moments that attempt to capture old magic that just isn’t there. Whereas Smith has moved on to bluer pastures as the scene-stealing genie in the equally underwhelming (but still better) live action remake of Aladdin, Thompson is asked to drive a car down a course we’ve all scene before – this time with a LOT less bells and whistles or even scenery to keep you entertained, or at the very least, distracted.

    Sure, her encounter with arms dealer/H’s ex Riza (a very game Rebecca Ferguson) adds a little life to the festivities, but MIBI is loaded with so much bland dialogue and ho-hum action sequences Thompson kind of comes off like the best player on an 0-16 NFL team. Kumail Nanjiani adds some humorous commentary as Pawnee, the helpful little creature that serves as the Frank the Pug to Thompson’s Agent M, but the old “let’s have the cute little creature get involved” routine feels more like a desperation move than essential storytelling. And that’s just it: For a film franchise that pumped out three quality stories, MIBI has zero charm, zero captivating effects and a dearth of heart, emotion or even interesting storytelling to enthrall you.

    If it weren’t for Thompson and the small doses of Nanjiani’s character, MIBI might serve as a great cure for insomnia as you could be asleep in the first 40 minutes. Even the nods to the past MIB films feel flat; given how lame the movie is, though, NOT reminding fans about the past is probably for the best. The convoluted, uninspired storytelling under director F. Gary Gray – F. Gary Gray of all people! – is additionally saddening. Why is The Hive so deadly? What is their motivation? How does it tie in to Men In Black? Why aren’t these questions answered better so I can give you a better review?!

    You can watch Men In Black: International if you wish … But given how long and tedious it is to build to a very anti-climatic climax you may just wish a neutralizer was real to wipe the movie from your memory as a result.

    OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

     

     

     

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