Paul McGuire Grimes, author of Paul’s Trip to the Movies, tells us his thoughts on three movies in theaters.
BLACK PANTHER (theatrical release)
We were first introduced to Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel has now given the character his own standalone film to build on his backstory and legacy. As we saw in the previous movie, T’Challa/Black Panther’s father was killed at the United Nations explosion. T’Challa is now the rightful heir to the thrown taking his place as the new king of the African nation Wakanda. Wakanda is not the third-world country people make it out to be. It’s a technologically advanced community run on a mysterious element known as vibranium. When ingested, as we see with T’Challa, he gains strength, speed, and lightning-fast instincts. T’Challa’s newly appointed title doesn’t sit well with Erik Killmonger who believes he should be the new king. He partners with an arms dealer to steal some hidden vibranium in London to use against T’Challa and the people of Wakanda.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Black Panther is the superhero we need right now.
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
GAME NIGHT (theatrical release)
Max and Annie met at trivia night at their local bar and fell in love after being on competitive teams. Years later they’re now married, trying to grow their family, and are known for their game nights. Max is feeling a bit stressed with the news that his brother, Brooks, is planning on visiting. There’s a sibling rivalry for Max that dates back as Brooks has always been the popular brother, the good looking brother, the brother that has everything in life. He’s even idolized by Max’s game night friends. Brooks arrives in town with his usual fanfare and insists on hosting the next game night. Max and Annie relent their traditional hosting duties and show up at his rental hoping for a peaceful, but somewhat competitive night of Scrabble or Charades. Brooks informs the group that he’s taken game night to the next level with a murder mystery style game where a group of actors will arrive and take someone hostage. It’s up to the rest of them to solve the riddles and find who’s been kidnapped. Men in masks arrive taking Brooks hostage in an all too realistic fashion. What should be an innocent game turns a bit more dangerous when the gang realizes the kidnappers were not actors and Brooks has now gone missing.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Game Night offers enough hearty laughs to take your mind off the rest of life’s daily frustrations.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
ANNIHILATION (theatrical release)
Natalie Portman plays Lena, a biology professor at Johns Hopkins University. It’s been a year since her husband, Kane, went missing while serving in the military. One day he arrives home completely disoriented, unable to answer the questions she has for him. He starts having a medical emergency, but when they’re en route to the hospital, a convoy of police intercepts them. Lena and Kane are separated and kept in isolation. She proceeds to learn there is “a religious event, an extra-terrestrial event” going on. It’s called “The Shimmer” and it’s slowly growing and taking over the area. Kane was part of a group of soldiers who dared go into The Shimmer. No man, animal, or drone has made it out of The Shimmer, except for Kane. There is a new group of soldiers attempting to go back in, and Lena requests to join them in hopes of figuring out what happened to Kane.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? A polarizing film that may leave you with more questions than answers, but boy did I love it.
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS