Black Cinema: The Top 5 Movies to watch this Fall

The Black Panther 2 teaser appears to be paying homage to Boseman in certain ways.

With the economy slowly back opening I wanted to share some personal movies I’m looking forward to watching this Fall. Here’s my top 5 List

1.   Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever

In the aftermath of King T’Challa’s passing, The Movie was originally supposed to come out in May of 2022 but was postponed. Here’s the Breakdown, Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje battle to defend their country against interfering international forces. Along with Everett Ross and Nakia, the protagonists must work to pave a new course for their beloved kingdom as the Wakandans attempt to accept their future phase.

This action, adventure film directed by Ryan Coogler is likely to be the next big thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with its release date coming on November 11, 2022. The Black Panther 2 teaser appears to be paying homage to Boseman in certain ways. It opens with a melancholic visual and quickly cuts to scenes from an African funeral, espousing sadness and despair as one of its key themes. The actors and crew, who lost a companion rather than just a colleague, felt that this movie was done in his honor, and this superbly conveys their sentiments.

2.   Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.

This satire comedy is about a husband and wife who used to run a Southern Baptist megachurch that once served tens of thousands of parishioners. It stars Regina Hall as Trinitie Childs and Sterling K. Brown as Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs. Trinitie and Lee-Curtis are forced to temporarily close their church due to a scandal involving the husband. But, they must revive it and grow its membership to stage the greatest revival in the history of commercialized religion. Directed, written, and produced by Adamma Ebo, this film was released on September 2, 2022, and received a largely favorable response from critics. Honk for Jesus. Save your soul is a good, frequently humorous film that explores the moral hypocrisy of the church. It is also an even better film about a lady who must put up with her spouse making her look publicly foolish and borderline ridiculous.

3.   Nope

An American neo-Western Sci-Fi, Horror, Mystery & Thriller film, Nope is written, directed, and produced by Jordan Peele. It follows Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer who play the role of brother and sister who own Haywood Hollywood Horses and ranch. The two siblings discover something magnificent and eerie in the skies above their land and try to get evidence of an unidentified flying object. However, the proprietor of a nearby theme park wants to capitalize on the enigmatic, extraterrestrial phenomenon when it is discovered by two siblings. This film had its world premiere on July 18, 2022, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, and on July 22, 2022, it was theatrically released in the US. 

Based on the movie poster, the title was initially thought to be an acronym for “Not Our Planet Earth” or “Not of Planet Earth” but Peele later clarified that the title alluded to the response he wanted to evoke from viewers. Although the narrative and themes alienated some critics and viewers, the movie has made over $159 million worldwide globally and has been praised for its direction, vision, acting, and cinematography.

Thematically speaking, Nope is Jordan Peele’s most ambitious film to date, and it shows off his assuredness as a seasoned director. Each member of the main cast gives an excellent performance, there is a constant mystery woven into the story, and the visuals are mind-blowing and will go down in movie history.

4.   Beast

A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves being pursued by a large renegade lion who is determined to show that the savannah has only one apex predator. Idris Elba plays the father in this suspenseful new thriller. He portrays Dr. Nate Daniels, a recently widowed father who takes his girls on a long-planned journey to South Africa, where he and his wife first met. They go to a game reserve run by Martin Battles, an old family friend, and wildlife expert. But what starts as a healing excursion quickly turns into a terrifying fight for their lives when a lion begins chasing them. This lion is a bloodthirsty hunter’s survivor, and he now views all people as his enemies. This fil, which has drama, mystery & thriller, horror, and adventure genres, was released on August 19, 2022, in the US. Beast isn’t pretentious and even though the general execution doesn’t take any risks, the picture is supported by a strong cast who make the most of the few resources they have. Suspense, action, and jump scares are all present in sufficient quantities to keep the viewers captivated.

5.   Rise

Starring newcomers Uche Agada, Ral Agada, and Jaden Osimuwa, this biography, drama film is certainly one for the books. In this movie directed by Akin Omotoso, Charles and Vera Antetokounmpo (played by Dayo Okeniyi and Yetide Badaki, in that order) fled from Nigeria to Greece and battled to support their five kids while constantly dreading deportation. Released on June 24, 2022, Rise is based on the real-life journey of the Antetokounmpo brothers, Giannis, Thanasis, and Kostas. These three teenage Nigerian-Greek brothers go to the United States and discover the wonderful skills they have on the court by playing basketball with a local team. This propels them into becoming well-known and successful players in the National Basketball Association.

This Disney movie is not just about the incredible athleticism and court prowess of these illustrious performers; it also explores the resilient human spirit. The theme of Rise emphasizes how crucial it is for a family to remain united and watch out for one another. 


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