Tag Archives: Comic Book

Black Panther: Royal Rumble

LONG LIVE THE KING.  At the premiere of this entry in the Marvel franchise, the praise was universal and looked a little bit like how Get Out (2017) was received. Not only were both movies hailed as excellent genre examples, but critics and reporters also frequently pointed out how important they were in the aftermath … Continue reading Black Panther: Royal Rumble

The Death of Stalin

EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE.  Moscow, 1953; the sudden death of the all-powerful Joseph Stalin sets off a panic among those closest to him. Based on a French graphic novel, this comedy takes real-life events and turns them into an absurd, icy farce. Fans of the director’s TV shows (The Thick of It, Veep) and movie … Continue reading The Death of Stalin

Thor: Ragnarok

NO HAMMER. NO PROBLEM.  After being imprisoned by a fire demon, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) learns that Asgard is about to be destroyed and the one responsible will be his sister, Odin’s firstborn, Hela (Cate Blanchett). The third film in the franchise has Thor and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) colliding on a faraway planet and then teaming … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

A UNIVERSE WTHOUT BOUNDARIES NEEDS HEROES WITHOUT LIMITS.  Centuries into the future, Valerian and Laureline (Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne) are agents working for a police force on Alpha, a space station containing millions of humans and other space races that’s suddenly threatened by an unknown force. Two decades after The Fifth Element, Luc Besson returns … Continue reading Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Atomic Blonde

As the Berlin Wall is about to fall in 1989, MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to the city to cooperate with the station chief (James McAvoy) after the murder of an agent. Former stuntman turned director David Leitch worked on John Wick (2014) and this action thriller has similar ingredients. It is … Continue reading Atomic Blonde

Spider-Man: Homecoming

As Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to juggle high school with serving as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) apprentice, a new villain (Michael Keaton) emerges who’s taken advantage of alien technology. Another indie filmmaker gets a chance to shine in the Marvel factory. Jon Watts brings a humorous, light touch and a bit of cheeky … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming

Adam West: Farewell to a Caped Crusader and a Mayor

When I was on vacation in Boston last week, news came that Adam West had passed away at the age of 88. In the interview with Conan O’Brien above, from 1997, the actor and the host banter in a funny, relaxed way. This is how we remember Adam West, hilarious and cool, in on the … Continue reading Adam West: Farewell to a Caped Crusader and a Mayor

Wonder Woman

POWER. GRACE. WISDOM. WONDER.  Finally, after the failures of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, DC Comics delivered a superhero adventure able to rival the Marvel movies. Directing her first feature film in 14 years, Patty Jenkins and her team craft a handsome and robust equivalent to the Captain America movies, set … Continue reading Wonder Woman


In 2029, an aging and ailing Logan (Hugh Jackman) is nursing an increasingly frail Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) when they’re introduced to an 11-year-old girl (Dafne Keen) with extraordinary powers; soon, they all have to run for their lives together… Director James Mangold’s second Wolverine movie is designed to be the last and really feels … Continue reading Logan

Doctor Strange

OPEN YOUR MIND. CHANGE YOUR REALITY.  Brilliant but arrogant New York surgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his hands destroyed in a car accident; out of desperation, he looks up a mystic (Tilda Swinton) in Nepal who opens his mind and gives him awe-inspiring abilities. Another Marvel hero gets his own movie, done in the … Continue reading Doctor Strange