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BLACK PANTHER review

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Wakanda Forever!

Back in 2016, we were given our first glimpse of the Wakandan hero, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).  In “Captain America: Civil War”, King T’Chaka (John Kani)  is assassinated and we see his son, T’Challa, don the all-black Black Panther suit to establish revenge.  In Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther”, the film opens in 1992 Los Angeles as a Wakandan spy is exposed as committing treason, causing King T’Chaka to act swiftly and justly.  Fast forward to the present.  T’Challa is headed home to his beautiful (and hidden) homeland of Wakanda, to Continue reading

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MARSHALL- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic)

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MARSHALL

Starring:

Chadwiick Boseman- Thurgood Marshall

Josh Gad- Sam Friedman

Kate Hudson- Eleanor Strubing

Sterling K. Brown- Joseph Spell

James Cromwell- Judge Foster

Chadwick Boseman delivers an award-winning performance as Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights attorney who won a landmark case in the new Film “Marshall”.

Thurgood Marshall, an attorney for the NAACP (National Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People) who travel to represent black people accused of crimes just because of their color. Marshall a graduate of Howard University Law program, who very promptly sued the University of Maryland for discrimination and not allowing him to attend school there because of his color.

 

Marshall is sent to Connecticut to represent Joseph Spell, driver that the Strubing household, accused of raping and attempted murder of Mrs. Eleanor Strubing. Thurgood enlists the help of Sam Friedman, local tax lawyer, since he must be recommended by a local attorney to practice law in Connecticut. Marshall and Friedman draw Judge Foster who denies Marshalls request to represent Spell, and demands Friedman try the case and instructs Marshall “If you say one word I will hold you in contempt of court!”

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CAPTAIN AMERICA:CIVIL WAR- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Friend vs. Friend, Avenger vs. Avenger as the Marvel Universe divides in the latest film Captain America: Civil War!

As a comic book fan and a film critic, I love that the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows how to cross promote their films and TV shows while introducing characters in cameos prior to their solo films. We met Nick Fury all the way back in Iron Man (2008), Agent Peggy Carter was introduced with Captain America and now we get a look at two new heroes in the new film Captain America: Civil War.

Civil War picks up where Age of Ultron left off with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)leading the new group of Avengers:  Falcon (Anthony Mackie) & Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) tracking down Crossbones (Frank Grillo) to prevent HYDRA from obtaining a biological weapon. The fight takes place in the streets of South Africa and there are numerous casualties including a group of students from Wakanda as Cap and his crew defeat Crossbones securing the chemical.

The governments of the world are demanding accountability by the Avengers after the battles in New York (Avengers), Washington DC (Captain America Winter Soldier), Sokovia (Avengers Age of Ultron) and now Africa. Secretary of State Ross (William Hurt) tells the Avengers they have to agree to supervision by the United Nations to continue policing the planet.  This is accepted by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the military minded Rhodey aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), but Cap and Falcon think that they still know what is best for the heroes.

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