Black Panther (*****) – All the Stars

The onslaught of press behind this film is warranted, but not only for the intersectional reasons the media wants to throw in your face. This is an ageless story about a world we all would love to visit. Who it represents is important, but it shouldn't be a victory limited to race. To leave it there would belie how important it is to humanity that we tell good, relatable stories. This is a great film.

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Spider-Man Homecoming (*****) is alive and waiting

This is the best Spider-Man movie for so many reasons...and I shall explain with no spoilers

Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

  Dr. Strange - 2016 Director Scott Derrickson Screenplay by John Spaihts, C. Robert Cargill and Derrickson Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton We may be reaching a breaking point on guest stars in Marvel films. The talent in Dr. Strange is at once invigorating and frustrating. To find that Ejiofor plays Mordo … Continue reading Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

Captain America: Civil War (*****) Goes where the Avengers cannot

The story surges ahead and it really is quite centered, despite the number of characters involved. The premise is a simple one, yet the questions it asks are profound. It really extends on the premise on how we want to be governed. Do we want to fulfill our own destiny, or do we want to push that responsibility to the side in wait of the judgement of others who may or may not be wiser.

Ant-Man (*****): It’s about damn time

This movie is Paul Rudd, through and through. It is the role he's deserved after a career of being the best part of every film he's made. He does not waste his moment in the spotlight, and the film is all the better for it. There is heft to the film, but with his performance, it doesn't have to be an obnoxious weight. If he's not as serious as Captain America, he is every bit as earnest. Marvel's Cinematic Universe needs Rudd every bit as much as it needs Downey, Jr. or Pratt.

Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

Live action comedy films are inexpensive to make but they are incredibly hard to master.  It's a generally accepted axiom that there is no generally accepted axiom as to what is universally funny.  That said, most makers of comedy barely even try.  Whether it's the rancid Scary Movie franchise, Tim Matheson's  Animal House / Meatballs … Continue reading Cool Papa E’s Favorite Comedy Films of All Time

CPE, Em & El: Thor: The Dark World: More Loki, anyone?

Thor: The Dark World - 2013 Director Alan Taylor Starring Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo Screenplay Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely It's no surprise that Loki is one of the first characters that you see after the prologue of Thor: The Dark World.  It's a short … Continue reading CPE, Em & El: Thor: The Dark World: More Loki, anyone?

Cool Papa E Reviews The Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers Movies) Phase One

When Captain America: The First Avenger is released July 22, 2012, it will mark the last movie to be released ramping up to the May 4, 2012 arrival of the first superhero team movie, The Avengers.  At this point, everyone is aware of the team that has been assembled: Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible … Continue reading Cool Papa E Reviews The Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers Movies) Phase One