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Why “Black Panther” Matters

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All the best superhero movies have two things in common, they are:

1) Stand alone films and 2) Establish or begin the sustaining myths.

Which means the most fulfilling are usually the first ones in a franchise like “Iron Man,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and  “Wonder Woman.” It’s where the escapism is pure, the pleasure is in discovery and there is a bracing sense of new things being explored.

“Black Panther” is all those things and a social phenomenon as well.

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Solid “Creed” Worthy Addition to “Rocky” Franchise

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“Creed” is “Rocky” solid.

This rugged, clear-eyed reboot picks through the mythic luggage of the long running franchise for the qualities that made the first film, at least, a classic.

The result is less a reinvention than a respectful and energizing return to basics that follows a natural progression.

Michael B. Jordan plays the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, who was played in four “Rocky” films by Carl Weathers, and who died in the ring.

“Creed,” was co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler, whose first film out of college was “Fruitvale Station,” about the murder of a black youth also played by Jordan. “Creed” is a giant step forward for both.

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