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Black Panther Shatters Box Office Expecations With $200+ Million Dollar Opening Weekend

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Black Panther has defied all box office expectations with its opening weekend. With a strong 97% Rotten Tomatoes critics score, and an A+ audience rating from CinemaScore, we all knew that people were really taking to this movie. A week ago, projections had it opening at about $145 million domestically, with that number slowly inching up each day leading into the movie's Thursday night release. Official projections for the weekend said it would bring in $192 million for the three day weekend, with estimates saying it would make a total of $218 million domestically for the four day holiday weekend. However, as I and many others expected, it surpassed those numbers. Black Panther finished the three day weekend with $201 million dollars domestically, making $235 million over the four days. Worldwide, the film brought in an additional $169 million dollars, rounding out its total gross so far to $404 million dollars. On our Nerd Round-Up this past Saturday, we talked about how the film…

Black Panther SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes Rating: PG-13Directed by: Ryan CooglerStarring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o 
You would be hard pressed to find another 2018 film that has as much cultural and societal significance as Black Panther. A giant blockbuster comic book film, with a (nearly) all black cast, black writers, and a black director. If you have ever questioned whether representation on screen is truly important, just look at the philanthropic movements surrounding this movie. With the "Black Panther Challenge", money is being raised so that black youths--who could not afford to see it themselves--can go watch the film. The amount of love surrounding this movie almost matches the film's own innate messages, and it shows just how powerful the medium of film can be. This is exactly why movies are made. So while we take the time to discuss and analyze the film, it's important to have this preface of the significance of this movie, as that is f…

Wrapping Up 2017: Most Surprising Movies of the Year with a Special Guest Writer

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[The following article is the transcript of a previously recorded exchange between main writer Nathanael Molnár and special guest writer Rob Giachinta, as they talk about their most surprising movies of the year, as part of their Wrapping Up 2017 editorial series. You can read all of the entries into this series here. This was recorded on Tuesday, January 9th]
**There will be spoilers for the movies**
Nathanael: Hello, and welcome to The Movie Paradise. My name is Nathanael, and I am your host. Today I am joined by special guest writer, Rob. Rob: Hello friends. Nathanael: So this is part of our Wrapping Up 2017 editorial series, and today we're going to be talking about our most surprising films of the year. These are the movies that either we didn't have very high expectations for, or basically the expectations we had were significantly lower to how we ended up enjoying the movie. So we may have been excited for the film, but what we ended up getting was a lot better than what w…

Nerd Round-Up: Black Panther, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Silver and Black

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Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of dicussing. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week installment of Nerd Round-Up.

Black Panther has already been demolishing the box office, and it's only early Saturday afternoon! It made $25.2 million dollars in its Thursday …

Wrapping Up 2017: Most Anticipated Movies of 2018 with a Special Guest Writer

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[The following article is the transcript of a previously recorded exchange between main writer Nathanael Molnár and special guest writer Rob Giachinta, as they talk about their most anticipated movies of 2018, as part of their Wrapping Up 2017 editorial series. You can read all of the entries into this series here. This was recorded on Sunday, January 14th]
Nathanael: Hello, and welcome to The Movie Paradise. I'm your host, Nathanael Molnár, and today I'm joined by special guest writer, Rob Giachinta. Rob: Hello. Nathanael: Today, we're going to be talking about our most anticipated films of 2018. In this first installment in our Wrapping Up 2017 series, we're going to be looking ahead to films coming out later this year. Rob: Out of all the lists we are going to do, this one was actually my most anticipated. Nathanael: Oh great. This was a tough list to do. I had a difficult time making it. Rob: I was sweating making this list. Nathanael: I always sweat. Rob: Yum. Nathanael: O…

First Trailer for Incredibles 2

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I hold The Incredibles to be one of Pixar's best movies. I don't think it's their number one best. I'd have to give that title to either Finding Nemo or Monsters, Inc. But it is a fantastic movie, and one that was kind of ahead of its time. It came out 2004, before the whole comic book movie craze hit. It was commenting on a genre that hadn't even really been created yet, similarly to 2000's Unbreakable. But The Incredibles is basically Fantastic Four meets Watchmen, when you really think about it. It looks at a world where superheroes are illegal, and how a family of former superheroes have to reform themselves. The sequel, coming out fourteen years after its predecessor, picks up right where the first film left off. Director Brad Bird has said that the sequel will not really comment on the current state of comic book movies, which I have always found to be a missed opportunity. I would much rather have this movie take place fourteen years after the events of…

Brian Michael Bendis Writing Tim Miller's Kitty Pryde Movie

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A month ago, we caught wind that Deadpool director Tim Miller would be helming a Kitty Pryde movie. Pryde has been played on screen in the past by Ellen Page, but there was no word as to whether Page would be returning, or if this film would recast the role. You can read our initial report on the news here. At first, I was skeptical. I love the work Miller did on Deadpool, and I am very intrigued to see what he does with the new Terminator movie coming out next year. But Kitty Pryde has never been a character I've been overly interested in. The only reason I have really liked her in the previous movies has been because she was played by Page. But there are certainly ways to write and shape a story to get me on board with a character I previously didn't really care about. So while I'm not that excited for a Kitty Pryde solo movie, the fact that Tim Miller is doing it does interest me. And now there is more intriguing news about this project.
Comic book writer Brian Michael…

Phantom Thread SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes Rating: R Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville 
Most men, when trying to woo a woman, are looking to take her clothes off. Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread, however, looks to put more clothes on. In his final role before his supposed retirement from film, Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Woodcock, an enigmatic fashion designer in 1950's London who is consumed by his work. He is the most eccentrically elitist dress maker you could possibly find. If you eat your toast too loud during breakfast, you have ruined his entire day--that's the kind of man we're dealing with here. And this presents a challenge for Alma (Vicky Krieps). She is in love with this man because of his idiosyncrasies and his dedication to his craft, but those are the exact things keeping them apart. A conversation they have drastically changes her approach to winning him over, as she begins to play the same "game" she p…

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: February 10th

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Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth checking out and talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up.

Directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi, Shazam has officially begun filming. With the news of Michael Bay being eyed to direct a Lobo movie, I talked about the current s…