If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's the value of grainy police dash-cam video of a mundane encounter gone wrong? That's a question raised, if not entirely answered, by "Traffic Stop," an Oscar-nominated short that's making its TV debut on HBO.
"The Black Panther" looks destined to become an enormous hit, which, given Hollywood's fondness for sequels and spinoffs, means there will surely be a litter of kittens. Yet as with the superhero world's other new royalty, "Wonder Woman," the euphoria greeting the movie's arrival would benefit from some perspective before rushing to create copycats.
Hollywood is offering a vision of a technological future that is in many ways already an empowering reality for a rising cohort of African and African-American technologists. President Trump, who insults people of color, should take notice, writes Van Jones.
Hailing from director Nick Park, one of the masterminds behind the stop-motion-animated antics of Wallace & Gromit, "Early Man" seems like a fertile idea. The movie, alas, turns out to be closer to a primordial mess, which -- in its mix of soccer and Stone Age politics -- registers several runs below Aardman Studios' usual place on the evolutionary ladder.
Black superheroes have reached the screen before, but seeing the collective weight of Marvel/Disney thrown behind a blockbuster like "Black Panther" still feels like a cultural watershed, one that the movie exuberantly embraces. Boasting perhaps the strongest supporting characters yet among Marvel titles, director Ryan Coogler's visually dynamic film should transform a lesser-known comic-book hero into a household name.
"Everything Sucks!" is an unfortunate title for a show that clearly doesn't -- one that takes place in 1996, around the time "My So-Called Life" aired on ABC. The parallel is worth mentioning not only because the Netflix series invokes that time, but also in the way it discovers truly natural new talent, and addresses the issues faced by a gay teen.