THE FILMS take us back to Wakanda, the Montreal underworld and more indigenous cinema

A movie is this week’s undisputed big one, possibly for the rest of the fall. I know whole families who will go see him. This is my first review today. If you don’t plan on going to the theater, note that two great series are back on streaming. Both are multiple Emmy winners for previous seasons. The crown started his 5e season this week on Netflix and on CRAVE The White Lotuss is now two episodes into a second season. With the exception of Jennifer Coolidge, the actors are all new. They’re playing tourists in Sicily and so far I’ve found the comedy to be a bit on the high side but the cynicism is just as sharp as last time.

Elsewhere you can see these:

Black Panther Wakanda Forever: 3 ½ stars

Pink: 3 ½

Coke Kings: 4

Paradise city: 2 ½

Manifest West: 3

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER: Ryan Coogler has had a tough job here and he’s doing admirably in one aspect, less so in another. Work? How to make a sequel to the massive success that was the first film. (over $200 million at the box office in the first weekend, seven Oscar nominations) when the star has since died of cancer? Fans revered Chadwick Boseman as the king of the fictional African nation, and black fans especially enjoyed the film’s Afro-futuristic vibe. Coogler rightly fashioned the sequel to honor his memory and included a strong theme of mourning, both for the actor and for the king by his people. It works extremely well.

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But it’s a Marvel movie. We have to move forward. We have to replace the king, come up with some inevitable and big action, and just like in the comics it all comes, deal with colonialism and the theft of natural resources by world powers. It takes a complicated story to do all that.

Wakanda has a rare mineral called vibranium, is defending itself at a UN conference by opposing an American delegate but will not join another country that also has the mineral and wants an alliance. It’s an underwater city called Talokan (Atlantis in the original comics) led by Namor, played by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta. He flies with wings on his ankles, thanks to the vibranium he wants to hide from the world. To do this, he wants to find and kill an American scientist who invented a detection device. She’s a young student at MIT as the late king’s sister and army general’s wife figure out when to go investigate. This leads to a war between potential allies and some very good Marvel fight sequences. The film also sometimes drags on as a succession drama unfolds. Actors Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett, as the king’s mother, shine there, although Julia Louis-Dreyfus is not so much a CIA boss. (In theaters everywhere) 3 ½ out of 5

ROSIE: Families come in many forms says this first film by Gail Maurice. She is a mestizo, known as an actress for TV shows like Trickster and movies like night raiders and therefore part of the growth of Indigenous cinema that we have seen in Canada recently. That alone is worth your attention. The warm tone here about love and acceptance is another reason, though it might need some toughening up.

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It is played too easily I have the impression. These characters all have a hard time being rejected. Rosie (Keris Hope Hill) is a young Aboriginal girl whose mother has died and is delivered to her aunt Frederica (Mélanie Bray) in Montreal. Fred, as she calls herself, salvages discarded items, makes art out of them but hasn’t been able to sell any yet. Next door are two drag queens Mo and Flo (Alex Trahan and Constant Bernard) who have their own rejection issues, one by a grumpy father. At the bottom of the sidewalk, there is a native beggar. The examples keep piling up and, in various ways, Rosie brings positive vibes into their lives. “We’re a crazy little family,” says Mo or Flo. Maurice points out that thrown or not, everyone deserves love and is capable of giving it. Pleasant. Easy to say, but nice. (In theaters in eight cities now, including Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver, with more coming soon) 3 ½ out of 5

THE KINGS OF COCA: There is almost a tone of pride, certainly of respect, in this portrait of a gang of criminals. This has earned Montreal labels like “the bank robbery capital of North America”, “perhaps the most criminal city in North America” ​​and, sadly: “a city of many coffins”. Wow, Canadians can do great things too, you might secretly think when you hear them. I’m sure that’s not exactly what investigative journalist and now filmmaker Julian Sher had in mind. But it’s a gripping documentary and a great story.

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It starts in the 60s and 70s. Italian and French gangs controlled crime in the city and a small Irish gang rose up to challenge them. They started as bank robbers and found money more easily in drugs. They controlled the port and therefore what could be imported. They went so far as to deal directly with the drug lords in Colombia and supplied cocaine to much of North America. They had a hitman nicknamed “Mad Bomber” and sparked a gang war, a crime commission investigation, and the suicide of a senior RCMP official suspected of complicity. As with almost all detective films, the gang grew rapidly, split, and, in the 90s and beyond, fell apart. The film tells everything without romanticism, but with punch. Much of this comes from the people speaking: journalists and authors Dan Burke and D’Arcy O’Connors, other observers and even former criminals. (Streaming on CRAVE) 4 out of 5

CITY OF PARADISE: Finalists may be interested in this film. It appears to be the last for Bruce Willis (due to a medical condition) and the first he has appeared alongside John Travolta, as pulp Fiction, 28 years ago. Be careful, they are not very close to each other. They only appear together occasionally in this not-so-thrilling crime story. Willis plays a bounty hunter in Hawaii, who is killed early on trying to find a drug cartel agent. We see him again in flashbacks but the main action is with his son (Blake Jenner). He tries to find his father’s killer and joins forces with another bounty hunter (Stephen Dorff) who was his father’s friend until a misunderstanding about a woman broke them up.

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Travolta plays a local VIP raising money for a political candidate, but is known to native leaders as a developer who is about to destroy paradise by building on sacred land. There’s a lot of potential there and it’s bolstered by a plot about a group of exotic dancers helping with an investigation. They find out things faster than the police, it is said. There is corruption, fear that local lands will be mined and more. It’s not exciting though. It’s Lethargic, directed by Chuck Russell which has a history dating back to 1987, mostly with genre films. The producer and co-writer is a Canadian, Corey Lange from Victoria. (available digitally) 2 ½ out of 5

MANIFEST THE WEST: Mel Gibson’s sons are responsible for this cautionary tale about trying to live off the grid. Louis co-wrote and co-directed it and Milo stars as a father who leads his family out of town (where the radio talks constantly about the world going wrong) to an isolated house on the edge of a forest. “We are making the rules now,” he says. He soon discovers that there are limits.

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Mom learns to handle a weapon to be able to hunt. But she is uncomfortable and not well. Children must be home schooled. The youngest is hurt to learn that pioneers have killed Indians. “Why” she asks. The eldest gets involved with teenagers who drink and breathe spray at a party. An inspector orders the father to fix the septic tank, which he doesn’t have the ability to do, but tries anyway. A woman from child protection comes to see the children. When the father objects, the cops arrive and the story goes on the television news. He also goes after a woman who speaks kindly to her children in a store aisle. The moral is clear: moving to the countryside is not an escape; you will bring all your troubles anyway. (VOD and digital availability) 3 out of 5

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