Octavia Spencer is a movie star. She has been for almost a decade since audiences and Oscar voters fell in love with her as Minnie in “The Help.” Since then she’s gotten two more supporting actress Oscar nominations, one of which was for a film […]
It was a banner year for female filmmakers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, as each of the four Grand Jury Prizes given to competition films — the festival’s highest honors, as voted on by individual juries — was directed or co-directed by a female […]
I’m old enough to remember when Paramount/Viacom Inc.’s Iron Man knocked all of our socks off by snagging $38 million on its opening day and $102m on its opening weekend. That was back when a $102m debut was big enough to be the second-biggest non-sequel Fri-Sun launch […]
Ryan Coogler’s superhero flick Black Panther showed no sign of slowing down at the box office this weekend, topping the charts for the fifth weekend in a row with $27 million domestically. The Disney and Marvel film, with a domestic haul of $605.4 million and $1.182 billion […]
A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theatres, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.
The first movie I remember seeing in a theater had a black hero. Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams, didn’t have any superpowers, but he ran his own city. That movie, the 1980 Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, introduced Calrissian as a complicated human being who […]