‘Black Panther’ Film Review

Grade: A-

Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Isaach De Bankolé, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya, and Letitia Wright in Black Panther (2018)

It is easy to see why Marvel’s newest outing ‘Black Panther’ is both a critical and financial success (and not just because it is the eighteenth installment in the still-going-strong Marvel Cinematic Universe). It is the perfect superhero movie for our troubled times; as timely as it is beautiful and thrilling. The inhabitants of the technologically advanced city of Wakanda are not just an ensemble of talented black actors, they are strong characters who hold their own and never back down from a challenge when the time calls for it, yet they are not portrayed as proud, they are as human as we all are, with regrets, challenges, and choices that lead them to where they are. These elements make up the heart of ‘Black Panther’.

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‘Arrival’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Arrival Movie Poster

I have heard that there was some buzz surrounding ‘Arrival’; as usual when it comes to films that market mystery and intrigue. Especially when it comes to alien invasion films. The main mystery surrounding this film comes from the question on a lot of these posters: “Why are they here?”. It’s a question that has been asked since the first alien invasion movie ever made. But what makes ‘Arrival’ seem different is the originality it has.

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