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Review…Will Smith and Margot Robbie are on fire in 'Focus'

Will Smith, left, and Margot Robbie arrive at the world premiere of "Focus" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Will Smith, left, and Margot Robbie arrive at the world premiere of “Focus” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in Warner Brothers Pictures latest movie, Focus.  Jess (Robbie) needs to learn how to become a better con (wo)man and with the help of a well known scammer, Nicky (Smith), she builds skills to unlawfully confiscate almost anything.  Both must “focus” on the bigger picture to avoid love and death.
Focus is one of the best movies of 2015 thus far.  The 100-minute movie has everything– action, comedy, romance, and suspense, not to mention two of the world’s sexiest costars.
In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Will Smith and Margot Robbie, right, appear in a scene from Focus. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Will Smith and Margot Robbie, right, appear in a scene from “Focus.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

The on-screen chemistry Will Smith and Margot Robbie share is undeniably impressive. The pair’s interaction is soft and steamy.  The finished product did not come without a gossip cost though.
In 2013, rumors surfaced that Smith and Robbie were just a little too close on set when Star Magazine published pictures of the two cuddling and removing clothes.  The fiery rumors were extinguished when Robbie explained in a tweet that their on-set playful manner was innocent.  Will Smith, who is the king at curving negative media attention, responded with a social media post about getting his wife pregnant.
Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the world premiere of "Focus" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the world premiere of “Focus” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

On Tuesday, February 24, Will Smith had his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith by his side at the movie’s premiere in Hollywood.  The couple, who have been married since 1997, were showing their own playful, flirty side on the red carpet with hugs and kisses.
Focus confirms that Will Smith is the most talented actor of our generation.  His only downfall is that he has been plagued with early fame and fortune. As a result, he has the luxury of picking and choosing his film projects although he’s in the prime of his career.
Big Willie went from multiple projects per year to starring in only one leading film since 2013. And I hardly think “After Earth” counts as a creditable movie.  Smith, 46, doesn’t need any redemption but, we, as movie lovers, needed “Focus”.  It rekindled our Will Smith flame.
You might have spotted the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air recently in Pittsburgh while he was filming “Concussion”, a movie about the work of forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu. I had the pleasure of joining Smith on set as an extra in a church scene.  Even though the day was long and I had the flu, rubbing elbows with the Philly native was an honor.  He was goofy the entire time, but extremely professional the moment anyone uttered “quiet on the set…we’re rolling…ACTION!”
4 Stars:  The movie’s ending is what concerns me.  Even with the plots, twists, and turns, one part, in particular, is not believable.  Overall, “Focus” is a necessity.
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Merecedes J. Howze, Movie Scene Queen (Brian Cook/Golden Sky Media)
Merecedes J. Howze, Movie Scene Queen (Brian Cook/Golden Sky Media)

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