Hero roars onto screen
Black Panther (12)
This infectiously entertaining first solo adventure for the King of Wakanda is another home run from Marvel.
Chadwick Boseman’s lead is the perfect blend of gravitas, charm and courage and he’s given great support from Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Michael B. Jordan’s fascinating, multilayered antagonist.
Iron Fist Season 1 (18)
The black sheep of Marvel’s Netflixproduced TV shows can’t hold a candle to his fellow Defenders Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
It takes too long for his first series to get going and Danny Rand struggles to inject the hero with vigour. Fortunately, the villainy on offer fares much better and there’s some bonecrunching action.
Father Figures (15)
Separately Ed Helms and Owen Wilson have tore it up in a series of hilarious comedies, including Wedding Crashers and The Hangover.
You’d think, then, that putting them together would by a recipe for a cavalcade of laughs. Alas the pairing can’t survive lazy scripting and a pretty miserable directing bow from Lawrence Sher.
A shame as the plot – where Helms and Wilson’s twin brothers search for their real father – was ripe with comedic potential. The leading duo can’t get off lightly either as they share a disturbing lack of chemistry.
Although, acting heavyweights Glenn Close and J.K. Simmons rise above the material to supply a few laughs.