‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Better Late Than Never – Review

“They said the Age of Heroes would never come again.” Kudos to Snyder and his team for pulling off something that was indeed epic in scale and mythos, which showcases the characters, heroes and villains alike, in all of their complexities in the way Snyder wanted them to be seen. Full of heart, but not without some flaws, and better late than never, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the film audiences deserved to see in theatres almost four long years ago.

Andra Day Shines In The Uneven ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ - Review

Billie Holiday was more than a jazz icon. Holiday was a beacon to many, especially amongst Black Americans. The NAACP called her “the voice of our people.” In The United States vs. Billie Holiday, director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks attempt to approach telling the story of the famed singer through a more intimate lens, focusing on the FBN’s (Federal Bureau of Narcotics) pursuit of her, and the highs and lows of her personal life and career.

REVIEW - Marvel Comics 'Wolverine: Black, White & Blood' #3

A new trio of tales featuring the Wolverine is set to simultaneously have you in your feels, make you laugh and make you wonder if all those discussions about traveling to Mars are really worth it. With many uses of his adamantium-laced skeleton, heightened senses and healing factor, Wolverine: Black, White & Blood is another solid entry in Weapon X’s lore. Wolverine: Black, White & Blood is available now at your local comic book shop! Spoilers below! Writers: John Ridley (“32 Warriors and a B

Sundance 2021: Robin Wright Tackles Grief, Loss And Loneliness In Feature Directorial Debut ‘Land’ - Review

After suffering from a family tragedy, Edee (Robin Wright) decides to live off the grid. Despite conversations with her sister (Kim Dickens), who doesn’t want her to leave and stresses that there are other ways for her to deal with her loss, Edee decides to leave despite her sister’s concerns. Edee makes the long trek to a small cabin in the woods with her supplies, but without any real know-how about living so far from the rest of civilization.

'Malcolm & Marie' Manages To Get By With Strong Performances - Review

Malcolm (John David Washington) and Marie (Zendaya) are a couple in crisis. Following their arrival home from one of Malcolm’s film premieres (he’s a director), he and Marie engage in an anxiety-inducing battle of the words when Marie points out that he forgot to thank her during his speech. From here, we follow the couple through the motions of their back-and-forth exchange while they comment on one another’s plethora of flaws, what they lack and need to improve upon to make their relationship...

'Black Canary: Breaking Silence' - Book Review

The next book in the DC Icons series features a story about Dinah Lance a.k.a. as everyone’s favourite hero with a killer voice, Black Canary. In this new take on Black Canary’s origin story, Alexandra Monir gifts readers with a novel that’s just as thrilling as it is insightful. At the age of eight, Dinah Lance heard the impossible – the sound of a girl singing. This was something she believed to be impossible since Gotham is taken over by the patriarchal Court of Owls.

'Promising Young Woman' Likely To Live In Your Mind Rent-Free For Months To Come - Review

“Can you guess what every woman’s worst nightmare is?” -Cassie Thomas, Promising Young Woman Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas (Carey Mulligan) was what many would refer to as a “promising young woman”. However, her life is upended by a mysterious event and she hasn’t been the same since. Her parents worry about her and want her to find the normalcy she had before, but some things are easier said than done. Cassie knows this better than anyone.

'Wonder Woman 1984' Is A Story Brimming With Heart - Review

“Nothing good is born from lies.” – Diana Prince, Wonder Woman 1984 Wonder Woman 1984 finds Diana Prince in “man’s world” yet again in, well, 1984 of course. Quite displaced from her first appearance in the world of men, roughly 70 years prior, Diana (Gal Gadot) has now become accustomed to us humans and our ways, working in cultural anthropology and archaeology at the Smithsonian. Alongside her job at the museum, Diana is still doing what she does best–saving the day and ultimately, the world.

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Bolstered By Brilliant Performances From Viola Davis And Chadwick Boseman - Review

The transformation seen from Viola Davis as Ma Rainey and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final film performance as ambitious trumpeter, Levee, makes for something special in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. In 1920s Chicago a recording session is about to be underway. Fairly straightforward, yes? However, the session is anything but smooth sailing. A trailblazing band of musicians awaits the “Mother of Blues” herself, Ma Rainey (Davis).

'Mangrove' Showcases A Masterclass In Both Directing And Performances - Review

The first film in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology series, Mangrove is a brilliantly crafted look into the lives of the British-Caribbean community in the late 60s and early 70s. In Mangrove, it is made very clear that when doing anything while being Black always be aware that the police will come into your home, or into your business, or randomly attack you on the streets of London just because they feel like it. If this sounds familiar to you, then you would be quite right.

A Funny Family Affair: A TIFF Capsule Review of ‘Shiva Baby’

Danielle is a 20-something-year-old student who is trying to get her life together. Feeling the pressure from her overbearing Jewish parents who want the best for her but who are also getting on her last nerves, Danielle can't imagine things being more chaotic. However, the different aspects of her personal life are about to collide in a way that she never thought possible. It all unfolds during a shiva, one that both Danielle (Rachel Sennott) and her parents (Polly Draper and Fred Melamed)

Innocence Lost: A TIFF Capsule Review of ‘Beans’

A timely and poignant passion project from writer-director Tracey Deer, Beans is the story of a 12-year-old Mohawk girl whose life is about to be turned upside down, set during the tense 1990 standoff between two Mohawk communities (the Kanehsatà:ke and the Kahnawá:ke) and the Québec provincial police, the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces. With every second of every moment, we see the toll the three-month standoff takes on Beans (newcomer Kiawentiio) and her family

'Lovecraft Country' is a Gripping Genre-Bending Exposition on Racism and the Real Monsters We Face - Review

“I’m not scared because fear’s not gon’ save us right now.” Military veteran, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) finds himself back in Chicago to search for his missing father, Montrose (Michael K. Williams). With the help of his uncle, George (Courtney B. Vance) and old friend, Letitia (Jurnee Smollett), the trio embark on a road trip across Jim Crow America where the constant stream of racists aren’t the only monsters they encounter throughout their journey.

Interview: Gina Prince-Bythewood and KiKi Layne Talk 'The Old Guard', Epic Fight Scenes, Immortality & More

If you want a dose of badass women-led action, that has important quiet moments, and stellar fight choreography, The Old Guard is most definitely the film for you! Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and starring KiKi Layne, The Old Guard is based on the graphic novel of the same name, written by Greg Rucka (who also wrote the screenplay) and illustrated by Leandro Fernandez. I had the pleasure of chatting with Prince-Bythewood and Layne about the film where they shared what it was that drew...

Gina Prince-Bythewood's Adaptation of Greg Rucka's Epic Comic 'The Old Guard' Is An Awesome Time - Review

The Old Guard follows the lives of a group of immortals who fight for what they believe is right. The mercenaries–who are centuries of years old–have their secret discovered while on a new mission. On the run from those who wish to exploit their secret for monetary gain, the quartet feels the “awakening” of another immortal. They have to find her quickly before the people who are after them become privy to the information that another immortal exists.
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