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News,Film,Reviews

'Pacific Rim Uprising' Is Refreshing With John Boyega At The Helm (Review)

Between the trailblazing sci-fi franchises of our parents’ generation and the “extended universes” of our own, what’s become clear over time is blockbuster films are no longer measured by the impact of a single release, but rather their ability to establish worlds wherein money can printed in perpetuity. Reboots no one asked for, sequels arriving 20 years too late and superhero...

Interviews,Television

Why ‘Black Card Revoked’ Is Acceptable, Even As We Hold Comedians Accountable

Tony Rock proves there’s a way to crack on marginalized communities without being destructive.   The easiest jokes to laugh at are oftentimes about people we know. Things only go left once audiences get the impression jokes are being made about communities comedians are largely unfamiliar with. BET’s latest endeavor, Black Card Revoked, a game show inspired by a card game...

Television,Film,Interviews

Angel Parker on playing Marvel villainess Catherine Wilder in 'Runaways' (EXCLUSIVE)

In most cases, with expansion comes the challenge of quality control; measuring future endeavors against past successes. Set in its cinematic universe, Marvel’s web series and traditional television shows have all experienced this challenge at one point or another. Most recently, Iron Fist and The Defenders fell short of expectations held by both critics and fans, which were set by...

Film,Reviews

Tessa Thompson and Idris Elba embody the breath of fresh air in 'Thor: Ragnarok' (Review)

Throughout its development, one of the most promising pieces of Ragnarok news, even for devout MCU fans, was the revelation that the third installment of Thor would be nothing like the first two. From producer to director to leading man, everyone attached to the film seems to have quietly grappled with the fact that, of all the Avengers, Thor’s standalone franchise has, in the past,...

Film,News

Tommy Ford’s last film, 'Switching Lanes,' was for the kids

Certain bright spots in my childhood, much like the childhoods of most other black folks my age, were moments when I discovered movies like The Color of Friendship and Remember the Titans — family-friendly films that preached unity and harmony for young boys and girls on the precipice of realizing racism. However elementary those films were, squeaky clean and wrapped with ribbon,...