Creed III changes it up from the previous films in the franchise by trying to move the franchise from out of Rocky Balboa’s shadow. At some point or another, the franchise needed to move out of Rocky’s shadow. With where Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is at in his life right now, Sylvester Stallone’s presence would probably distract from the action. The younger Creed is now in the position of mentor, much like Rocky was…"Creed III Hits A Knock-Out Punch"
Thor: Love and Thunder brings all the fun in this long overdue reunion between Thor Odinson and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster. After a gazillion Marvel films, you should probably know to stay for the credits. There are two scenes during the credits: mid-credits and post-credits. After Thor: Ragnarok set a high bar, Thor: Love and Thunder has a challenge of living up to expectations. Unlike the other MCU stars, Thor is the only character to get…"Thor: Love and Thunder Brings the Fun"
With just over two and a half months remaining before Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters, Marvel released the teaser trailer. After months of waiting, I naturally assumed that Marvel would just attach it as a mid-credits or post-credits scene to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Alas, they went ahead and released it this week. There’s not much to see in the 1:30 trailer. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) works off the weight he put…"Thor: Love and Thunder – Teaser Trailer Is Here"
Actress Rebecca Hall marks her directorial debut with Passing as she beautifully adapts Nella Larsen’s Harlem-set novella for the screen. When I found out that Rebecca Hall was making this film her directorial debut, I thought how is she qualified to tell a story about two Black women. I never looked up Hall’s background before. I would subsequently learn that her mother is opera singer Marie Ewing. Ewing happens to be of a mixed racial…"Sundance 2021: Passing"
Sylvie’s Love is a charming period drama making its arrival on Amazon Prime after being selected for Sundance earlier this year. The film starts out in the early 1960s before flashing back to 1957. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) wants to work in television but for now, she’s spending her summer working at her dad’s record store. Meanwhile, her fiancé (in an arranged marriage) isn’t back from the war yet. Looking at the time period, this is…"Sylvie’s Love: A Charming Period Drama"
Men in Black: International ups the ante just a little bit as MIB takes the fun across the pond in order to protect the universe. It’s been known since Tomorrowland that the Eiffel Tower was a bridge to another dimension. While the former film saw Gustav Eiffel as a founder of Plus Ultra, this film sees him as one of MIB’s earliest agents. In fact, the Great Migration was really aliens coming to Earth. But…"Men in Black: International goes Across The Pond"
Thor: Ragnarok is Marvel’s most fun film and raises the bar as Thor teams up with Hulk to save Asgard. It’s been 2.5 years since Thor (Chris Hemsworth) left to look for Odin at the end of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Meanwhile, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was seen departing for who knows where following the attack on Sokovia. Thor: Ragnarok‘s awesome cold open featuring Thor and Surtur sets the tone of the film with both…"Thor: Ragnarok – The Road to Endgame"
Creed II doesn’t quite build on the legacy of Creed by as the newest installment continues to stick with the typical Rocky structure. It’s been three years since Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) stepped out of his father’s shadows and into the limelight. He’s still living in Philadelphia, where he trains with the great Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Creed’s relationship with rising music star Bianca Taylor (Tessa Thompson) is on the verge of being taken to the…"Creed II Plays Things Too Safe"
Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You, one of the most buzzed about films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is one of the best feature debuts during the fest. The star-studded cast of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover was one of the few films that showcased diversity with POC in leading roles. Much in the same vein as last year’s hit film, Get Out, Sorry…"Sorry To Bother You is Wild and Bonkers"
Tessa Thompson and Lily James go above and beyond as a pair of sisters in Nia DaCosta’s feature debut, Little Woods. We’re introduced to Ollie (Tessa Thompson), a woman struggling in Little Woods, North Dakota. It’s a small town with so many people suffering due to the economy. Ollie is looking to escape the city and move where she can make a better life for herself. Gone are the days where Ollie would take prescription…"Tribeca 2018: Little Woods"