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Martin McDonagh has admitted he was a little grumpy after being snubbed for Best Director at this year's Academy Awards but is happy his friends have all be nominated.

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- There’s a new Marvel Studios movie opening Friday, and I’m excited about it. I’ve been a fan of Black Panther since the early 1970s, when he was a member of the Avengers. King T’Challa, as he’s known in his native Wakanda, has been around since the ’60s and is one of the most compelling characters in the Marvel roster. I’m hoping the filmmakers do him justice.

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“Black Panther,” an adaptation of the iconic comic book that has been decades in coming, proves to be more than worth the wait. This lush, impressively well-acted film, about an African king learning how best to marshal the superpowers with which he’s been endowed, comes draped in anticipation, not only from hardcore fans of the source material, but filmgoers already steeped in breathless hype. Director Ryan Coogler, working with a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, doesn’t just meet but exceeds those expectations, delivering a film that fulfills the most rote demands of superhero spectacle, yet does so with style and subtexts that feel bracingly, joyfully groundbreaking.

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Don’t know what to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered; here are this week’s top picks for entertainment in the Yakima Valley.