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Review: Black Panther

Yes, it is very good. It’s even better if you happen to like the genre – at least to some degree. Black Panther works as both a standalone action drama sci-fi superhero movie, and as a worthy addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m a big fan of Marvel Studios’ Avengers franchise (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, etc.) so I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of T’Challa/Black Panther in the near and distant future. He’s one cool dude surrounded and protected by a bunch of kickass cool women.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Here’s all you need to know about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

1. Anyone who’s read “The Hobbit” and/or seen and enjoyed the first of director Peter Jackson’s three-film adaptation will surely want to see this ‘middle’ installment. Odds are, they’ll like it – a lot. It’s quite good, visually and narratively. 2. The film essentially picks up where the last one, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, left off. Bilboa Baggins (Martin Freeman) still has possession of a precious ring that gives him courage and short-term invisibility. And he’s still on a dangerous quest with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and a bunch of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from an evil dragon named Smaug.

The World’s End

From the guys who brought you Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and Paul (2011)…That’s really all you need to know. If you’re a fan, then hustle on over to The World’s End. If you’re not into that particular genre – a strange, yet engaging brew of comedy, sci-fi adventure and satire – then you may want to take a pass. Here’s the gist:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Are you ready for a return to Middle Earth? If you eagerly answered ‘yes’ to that question, then every review – including this one – is moot. You should see The Hobbit. Chances are, you’ll enjoy the movie and spend countless hours with your fanboy and fangirl friends debating the merits of the story, the scenery, the frame rate, and how it all plays into the entire mythology of the Lord of the Rings universe. If you don’t know a Gollum from a Gandolf – and don’t care – then you can probably skip The Hobbit, the first of a three-part prequel to the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy. Either way, it’ll do just fine at the box office. With or without you.