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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    The Great Marvel Cinematic Universe Rewatch #18 / 18

    Black Panther is a case study of Marvel getting everything just right. T'Challa and the kingdom of Wakanda are given vivid life by Ryan Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole. It's a superhero epic that presents itself as a philosophical conflict as much as a physical one.

    Marvel's second consecutive film directed by a person of color is, not coincidentally, its second consecutive film to explore the effects of colonialism. Wakanda…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★★

    The Great Marvel Cinematic Universe Rewatch #17 / 18

    Emboldened by the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and (presumably) the realization that the Thor franchise wasn't working, Marvel hands the reigns over to director Taika Waititi for a radical departure from the first two films--and their best movie since The Avengers.

    The other Thor movies didn't work for a variety of reasons--the inability to make Asgard an interesting setting, directors who didn't grasp the series' potential, lots of high…

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks

    ★★★★½

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★★

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.