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Black Panther Movie Review: “It’s hard for a good man to be king”

Warning: Minor Spoilers below

Everybody’s talking about Black Panther. Marvel Studio’s film centered on T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the superhero Blank Panther and king of the fictional African nation Wakanda, provides many meaningful topics worthy of discussion. Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) the real world concerns raised in Black Panther is open to different levels of examination and perspectives.

Black Panther begins with a flashback to Oakland in 1992, when T’Challa’s father makes a couple of fateful decisions. In the present day, T’Challa’s father recently died and now T’Challa is to become king of Wakanda, a technologically advanced country due to an all-purpose, virtually indestructible vibranium meteorite landing there ages ago. The use of a cloaking device prevents the outside world from knowing the truth about Wakanda and their decision to remain in relative isolation.

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Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird Movie Review – Call Me Lady Bird!

Call Me By Your Name (2017) and Lady Bird (2017) Movie Review

Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird are well received by both film critics and movie fans. Heading into the Oscar nomination announcements, these two films are getting a certain amount of buzz. Coincidentally, Timothée Chalamet is the lead actor in Call Me By Your Name and he also plays a minor role in Lady Bird.

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The Biggest Superhero Movies of 2017, Ranked Worst to Best

Superhero movies continue to dominate. Each of this year’s big six live-action superhero movies are in the top ten at the box office for 2017. DC served up a double volley with the first Wonder Woman film and the team-up Justice League. The best stand-alone Wolverine movie marks the end of Hugh Jackman’s era as Logan. Marvel Studios is still going strong adding Spider-Man: Homecoming into their shared universe. Here’s a personal take on how the biggest superheroes movies of 2017 stacked up. Your opinions may vary from this list, you can share your own rankings in the comments below.

Just a quick note, for a friendly discussion on 2017 Superhero Movies, check out Film Focus podcast hosted by Hypersonic55 Realm of Reviews and Other Stuff. P.S. There will be mild spoilers for Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Wonder Woman. Thanks to Hypersonic55 for inviting me on his podcast.

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Naughty or Nice List for Movie News 2017

‘Tis the season to be mischievous. This post is a lighthearted look at movie news this past year. It’s up to you to decide who’s been naughty or nice. On docket are The Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Netflix, Robert Pattinson and others.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review – “Is the Force with Episode VIII?”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Review
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher

Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us hanging with some intriguing questions including who are Rey’s parents and what’s going to happen now that Rey has found Luke Skywalker. On the critical side, Star Wars: The Last Jedi needs to take risks and tell an original story in order to address some concerns with the 2015 reboot.

The two years in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi may have felt like a long time but not as long as the decade between Episode III and VII. Still, for Star Wars fans the anticipation level is very high and The Last Jedi has a plenty of hype to live up to. Overall, The Last Jedi is decent enough in the first half and then hits its stride after the middle section. Fan reaction has been polarizing to say the least.

This post contains spoiler-free reaction.  For spoiler-filled comments on specific events please check out the full review.

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Wind River Review: Jeremy Renner in a snowy crime thriller

Wind River (2017) Review
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille

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Shot Caller Review: a gripping prison drama

Shot Caller (2017) Movie Review
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast:  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell, Emory Cohen

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Justice League Review

Justice League could have been worse. The DC superhero team up flick is a run-of-the-mill mediocre effort that shouldn’t be written off as a complete mess. There’s some decent moments here and there. The sum of the good parts: Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman is not enough to elevate Justice League into an above average spectacle.

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10 Scary Films to Watch this Halloween

Which Scary Movies Are You Watching This Halloween?

Watching a scary movie is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.  Horror movies have a wide range of sub-genres for every taste.  Here are ten spooky movies in random order for your viewing consideration. Some picks are suitable for the squeamish while others movies are hands-over-eyes gruesome. If you need additional suggestions, below each pick is a list of similar movies you might like.

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Princess Mononoke Movie Review: Revisiting an Animated Classic

Princess Mononoke is a wondrous animated film made in 1997. Writer/director Hayao Miyazaki’s rich imagination plays with many themes in a manner that draws you into his inventive story of forest spirits, warring humans and cursed animal demons in ancient times, yet it’s challenging to fully articulate why it resonates. In part, Princess Mononoke’s cautionary tale explores human beings’ relationship with nature, an eternal conflict that is as timely and relevant now as it was 20 years ago. It also has something to say about the price we pay when we lose touch with the belief that the transcendent is life itself.

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