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The Rat in the Panther’s Den: “Judas and the Black Messiah” Tells a Poignantly Tragic Story of Betrayal

by Sam Acosta “Judas and the Black Messiah” is one of the best films I have seen in a long time. Not only is it a beautiful piece of cinema, but it also tells a story that deserves to be heard. Specifically, it is the story of how one of the most prominent leaders of the Black Panther Party was betrayed by one of his closest supporters. More broadly, it is a story about impossible choices, government corruption, and the fight for freedom.  We follow William “Bill” O’Neil (LaKeith ...

Losing Control: Seventh Episode Delivers More Chaos, Big Reveals

by Sam Acosta In the latest episode of “WandaVision,” we finally get answers to many of our questions as things just keep getting crazier. Opening with a theme song reminiscent of “The Office,” this episode pays homage to the cut-away interviews and mockumentary filming style of that show as well as later sitcoms like “Parks and Rec” and “Modern Family.” With the consequences of her actions finally catching up to her, Wanda finds her whole world being thrown into chaos as the ...

Super-Powered Chaos: A Spoiler Review of “WandaVision” Episode Six

by Sam Acosta This Halloween-themed chapter of Wanda and Vision’s story is packed full of answered questions, mind-blowing reveals, and chilling discoveries. It seems like we’ve skipped over the ‘90s, as this episode mainly pays homage to later shows like “Malcolm in the Middle.” This is, by far, my favorite episode of the series so far. It feels much more like Marvel than previous entries in the series while also bringing all the nostalgic charm of an early ‘00s sitcom. In the ...

A Power Growing: A Spoiler Review of “WandaVision” Episode Five

by Sam Acosta Episode five of “WandaVision” brings the show to the next level, setting itself apart from previous episodes with its sheer number of dramatic twists and suspenseful confrontations. It’s clear that Wanda is in full control and that she’ll do almost anything to keep it that way. While we do get answers to some of our questions, other answers continue to elude us. We start off with Wanda and Vision trying to parent their crying babies. Their neighbor Agnes comes in and ...

Outside the Fantasy: A Spoiler Review of “WandaVision” Episode Four

by Sam Acosta The fourth episode of “WandaVision'' gives us answers to questions we had during the first three but leaves us with only more questions on top of that. It reveals what’s been happening in the outside world and fills in some of the gaps left by the previous episodes, all while giving us numerous callbacks to previous MCU movies.  The first big callback is the introduction of S.W.O.R.D. agent Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), daughter of Maria Rambeau from “Captain ...

A Reality Broken: A Spoiler-Filled Review of “WandaVision” Episode Three

by Sam Acosta The third chapter of Disney’s new Marvel series nudges us closer to the dark reality hiding just underneath the show’s surface, making it my favorite episode so far. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and when it ended, I was disappointed that it wasn’t longer.  While the previous two episodes hinted at a “Twilight Zone”-esque story, this episode leans heavily into that style of storytelling. This episode also includes one of my favorite uses of editing ...

An Unsettling Throwback: A Mostly Spoiler-Free Review of “WandaVision” Episodes One and Two 

by Sam Acosta The first Disney+ exclusive Marvel show represents an exciting new chapter of the MCU that explores a more creative side of what Marvel has to offer. “WandaVision” starts this new age of superheroes by throwing us back to the era of black-and-white television, immersing us in a world reminiscent of classic shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “I Love Lucy.”  Superhero couple Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) have just moved to a new neighborhood ...

“Soul” Review: Lighthearted Children’s Movie or Philosophical Dilemma?

by Kathryn McDonald As COVID-19 restrictions have caused many disruptions for the entertainment industry, Pixar’s decision to release their animated film “Soul” on Disney+ in time for the holidays was highly anticipated by children and adults alike.  Director Pete Docter began work on “Soul” following his second Oscar for the highly acclaimed Pixar film “Inside Out.” Docter has built a reputation for his innovative stories that make difficult concepts such as emotions and ...

Ambitious Season Finale is a Fun but Messy Ride – “The Rescue” Review

by Hunter Johnson [Editor’s Note: The following actually doesn’t contain any spoilers for “The Mandalorian” Season 2, Episode 8. Enjoy.] Team Mando just keeps getting bigger. In the previous two episodes of “The Mandalorian,” Din Djarin has assembled quite the team. Mercenaries Boba Fett and Fennec Shand are under oath to help Djarin save Grogu, and long-term ally Cara Dune—now a New Republic marshal—has joined his ranks as well. But that’s not quite enough for our ...

“Wonder Woman 1984” Review: Simply Entertaining

by Sam Acosta [Editor’s Note: The following review contains minor spoilers] “Wonder Woman 1984” is a film that entertained me throughout its duration but left me missing its predecessor. Despite the bright atmosphere and vibrancy that comes with the ‘80s setting, the film pales in comparison to its predecessor. While it lacks any glaring flaws and kept me engaged, there were many points throughout the movie where I wish there had been just a bit more substance.  In terms of ...