By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, Black Panther was Marvel’s very first African superhero, only to be followed years later by The Falcon and Luke Cage.  The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, where he gave audiences only a small taste of his powers, skills, and resources.  Black Panther has own standalone movie now and gets to really show movie audiences what he can bring to the MCU.  Director Ryan Coogler, who made a wonderful contribution to the Rocky franchise with Creed, gets to show what he has to offer to superhero cinema.  The talented filmmaker succeeds in creating what I feel is the best superhero movie of the Marvel franchise and a film that allows black actors to shine brightly. Read more »


By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Aardman Animations, the studio behind Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep, have a new film in theaters that is entertaining and highly enjoyable, but not quite as brilliant as their previous offerings.  With loads of mostly hilarious humor (for both children and adults), and a positive message, Early Man may not be worthy of a Best Animated Feature Oscar, but definitely makes for an entertaining family time at the cinema.  The movie boasts a wonderful cast with some great voice chops to bring these delightful characters to life.  This time Aardman takes on the Stone and Bronze Ages of human history and the results are quite funny. Read more »


Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” Zooms into Theaters


By Liz Lopez

Rating: A

There are many positive points about the film I will expand on, but easily the first question I anticipate from many superhero fans about “Black Panther” is how it compares to other Marvel films to date, considering this is the 18th film by Marvel Studios. Although I have learned a little about the Black Panther character from viewing the more recent Marvel film, “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), I have not read the source material that first appeared in 1966 as created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby in order to know the full history. Directed by Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and co-written with Joe Robert Cole (“American Crime Story,” “Amber Lake”) based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, “Black Panther” is very well written and executed to deliver rewarding entertainment, as well as also providing an excellent story about the many characters from the tribes of the mythical kingdom of Wakanda in Africa. Even if film fans are not necessarily comic book superhero fans, I will encourage them to view this feature film and discover how pleasantly surprised they will be with a story that is timely and told by voices that have emerged in cinema during the last decade. The “Black Panther” standalone film will not disappoint superhero fans, as there is plenty of action, visual effects and music to enjoy in this engaging story. Read more »

Movie Trailer: INCREDIBLES 2

Source: Disney-Pixar

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. Read more »

Movie Trailer: RAMPAGE

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Global megastar Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure “Rampage,” directed by Brad Peyton. Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth.  But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.  To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals.  As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.   Read more »