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100% #OutOf100: At last, Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” Brings Afrofuturism Home!

Whichever date you choose to see the Ryan Coogler-directed Black Panther, remember it. Because, even if it’s in only some small way, you won’t leave the movie theatre the same as you arrived. For over a year now, we have been calling Black Panther not just a black superhero movie, but a super black hero movie, for good reason. When we heard that this iconic superhero from the Marvel comic book universe (MCU) was to be brought to the big screen, we worried that it might be yet another case of an African story being told through the white...

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86% Out Of 100 – Black Lightning is great, but misses out on potential Afrofuturistic greatness

Black Lightning is technically the second African American superhero from DC Comics. He first appeared in 1977, 6 years after John Stewart debúted as a Green Lantern in 1971. Marvel had aready unveiled the Black Panther in 1966 and Luke Cage in 1972. It’s probably no coincidence, that the new series premiered on CW Channel (USA) last week and comes to Netflix UK January 23rd in its 40th anniversary year. Husband and wife creators and senior writers, Salim and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, Girlfriends) have brought us a tweaked live-action version of the comics and it’s a good-looking package. Black Lightning also has...

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85% #OutOf100 Aardman Animations returns to the big screen with its latest stop frame epic ‘Early Man’

Award-winning animation studio Aardman returns to fine form with their latest blockbuster Early man. Renowned for their trademark style of stop frame animation with previous epics Chicken Run (2000) and Wallace and Gromit films (’89, ’93, ’95, ’05, ’08) Early Man continues in the same vein, with their brand of humor synonymous with what we have come to expect. Based on the stone age period the movie centres on an ancient tribe whose sole monotonous existence is hunting rabbits.  The young and curious Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) ponders whether there could be more to life and his inquiring mind spikes when he observes cave paintings displaying...

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78% #OutOf100: “Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 1-9 First Chapter Catch Up Ahead of Jan 8th Return to Netflix.

Whilst Star Trek: Discovery takes its mid-season break, we can take a breath and revel in the announcement that it has been renewed for a second season! The signs have been good since May 2017 when, during the filming of episode 6, we reported that the first Star Trek TV series in over a decade was to be extended from the originally commissioned 13 episodes to 15. Followed by After Trek, a post-broadcast discussion/behind the scenes show. The episode expansion signalled high confidence in this second attempt at a Star Trek prequel set 10 years before the original series (the first attempt was Star...

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