REVIEW: ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ a five buck story with billion dollar effects

In 2009, spectacle filmmaking reached a new high with James Cameron’s Avatar. The same filmmaker who’d previously dominated the all-time box office with Titanic returned to the science-fiction/action genre he’d previous found success in with both Aliens and Terminator 2 (a film which had a profound effect on me personally). …

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REVIEW: Death is not the end for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

What made Chadwick Boseman’s death in August 2020 such a shock wasn’t just that he was so young (43), so vital (having just starred in the first billion-dollar black-led film), so beloved (again, billion-dollar film) and so talented (with pre-release Oscar buzz for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), but that it …

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REVIEW: ‘Blonde’ is not what we want of Marilyn. It’s what we made of her.

Let’s face it, the world needs another Marilyn Monroe biopic about as much as we need another prestige film about the British royal family. Few Hollywood figures have been as thoroughly and exhaustively examined on film, with more than twenty actresses either playing Marilyn Monroe or playing characters that are …

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