Pompey fought from behind to beat Rochdale and return to the top of the League One table.
The hosts took an early lead in some style when Aaron Wilbraham struck a sensational shot from long-range.
But the Blues were impressive in the opening 45 minutes and Jamal Lowe deservedly ensured the scores would be level at the break.
It was not quite so strong after the interval, but Brett Pitman showed typical striking instincts to turn the game around on his 50th appearance for the club.
And Matt Clarke added a fine third goal to wrap the points up for the visitors in the closing stages of an enjoyable Spotland contest.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Wycombe on home soil the previous week.
Pitman returned to skipper the team, while there was also a start for Jack Whatmough at the back, with Oli Hawkins and Christian Burgess dropping to the bench.
Pompey got off to the worst possible start by falling behind in the fourth minute – not that they could have done much to prevent it.
It was a phenomenal effort from Wilbraham, who hit a stunning strike on the half-volley from almost 30 yards that left Craig MacGillivray with no chance.
But it was the Blues largely on top for the remainder of the half and an ambitious over-head effort from Gareth Evans flew past the post.
Nathan Thompson almost grabbed an unlikely leveller after collecting a pass from Pitman and firing a rocket against the crossbar.
Ollie Rathbone then had another long-range attempt for the hosts, although this one thankfully flew wide.
But Pompey were level on 25 minutes, thanks to a well-worked goal involving all three of the forward line.
Pitman collected the ball from Ronan Curtis, swivelled and sent in a low centre for LOWE to slide into the net.
He might have had another after being picked out by Pitman, but a poor first touch allowed Joe Rafferty to clear the danger.
The trio linked up well again when the skipper flicked on Lowe’s cross and Curtis met it with a deft touch, but Josh Lillis got down to his right to save.
Pompey were looking to attack at every opportunity and there were some nervy moments for the Dale back-line.
But Lillis was not being over-worked and made relatively comfortable stops to deny both Curtis and Lowe.
The keeper then came tearing from his line in stoppage-time to stop Lowe reaching Pitman’s threaded pass after Curtis had nipped in to steal possession from a Rochdale throw.
It was the hosts that were first to threaten after the restart, but when MacGillivray parried Andy Cannon’s effort, Rathbone skied the loose ball over.
There was certainly some of the excitement from the first half missing, however, with both sides guilty of some misplaced passes.
Ian Henderson curled a shot wide for Rochdale, while a well-placed Ben Close headed clear Cannon’s dangerous cross.
Then – after Lowe had been booked for a foul – Rathbone came close to sneaking the free-kick inside MacGillivray’s near post.
There was not too much happening at the other end of the pitch, although an Evans set-piece was glanced wide by Tom Naylor.
But the Blues took the lead on 71 minutes when a low ball from Lee Brown was deftly turned home by PITMAN at the near post.
A substitution soon followed, with Ben Thompson coming on for Evans to shore up the Blues midfield.
But it was not the end of Pompey’s attacking intent and they were able to extend their advantage on 81 minutes.
Rochdale failed to properly deal with a corner and CLARKE showed he is not just a class act at the back.
The defender brought the ball under control, beat his man and angled home a fierce strike that arrowed into the net.
David Wheeler and Hawkins were both introduced from the bench late on, as the visitors comfortably saw out the final few moments.
Rochdale (4-2-3-1): Lillis; Rafferty, McNulty, Delaney, Hart (Cannon 45); Camps (Clough 77), Perkins; J.Williams (Andrew 50), Rathbone, Henderson (c); Wilbraham
Goals: Wilbraham 4
Subs not used: Norman, Morley, MJ Williams, Gillam
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (B.Thompson 76), Curtis (Wheeler 89); Pitman (c) (Hawkins 90+2)
Goals: Lowe 25, Pitman 71, Clarke 81
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Mason
Referee: John Busby
Attendance: 3,796 (966 Pompey fans)
Pompey remain unbeaten in League One, but a late penalty denied them all three points at a sodden Fratton Park.
Pompey remain unbeaten in League One, but a late penalty denied them all three points at a sodden Fratton Park.
The hosts trailed to a Bryn Morris strike at the interval, although they emerged much stronger after the break.
Gareth Evans nodded them back on level terms and Brett Pitman came off the bench to turn the game on its head.
But with another victory looking likely for the Blues, Joe Jacobson struck from the spot to ensure it finished all square and the hosts dropped to second.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that beat Peterborough the previous week to climb to the League One summit.
With the rain pouring relentlessly down, conditions were not exactly conducive to an attractive contest.
There was plenty of slipping and sliding the opening stages and a niggly game was not helped by the eagerness of referee Craig Hicks to use his whistle.
A centre from Jamal Lowe was inexplicably left by defender Darius Charles, only for Sido Jombati to hack clear from the line.
Christian Burgess then met a corner from Evans, with his firm header punched clear by former Fratton loanee Ryan Allsop.
Craig MacGillivray comfortably claimed Adabayo Akinfenwa’s effort at the other end, but did not deal with Jacobson’s free-kick soon after and watched gratefully on as Fred Onyedinma slot narrowly wide.
And it was Wycombe who broke the deadlock midway through the first, with Morris playing a neat one-two with Akinfenwa before curling home a fine finish.
The Chairboys were obviously keen to protect their lead, but it seemed a bit too early for time-wasting and Allsop got a talking to from Hicks.
Wanderers were guilty of some crude challenges and saw four players carded before the break, including one for Onyedinma for the most obvious shirt pull you could hope to see.
The hosts did improve as the interval approached, although Burgess could not quite adjust his body enough to capitalise on Tom Naylor’s flick.
It was Naylor who almost forced an equaliser when he met Lowe’s pass, although the ball would not quite squeeze through Allsop’s legs.
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Wycombe were first to have an opening when the action restart, with Matt Bloomfield’s strike hitting team-mate Scott Kashket and ballooning over.
With Pompey struggling to find a way through, Jackett was preparing to bring on Pitman and Joe Mason.
But the pair were promptly sent to warm-up again after EVANS headed the hosts back on level terms.
Oli Hawkins won a long punt up the pitch by MacGillivray and played the ball to Lowe, whose fine delivery was nodded in by the skipper from close range.
Both teams then had a decent opportunity to forge ahead in the space of just a few seconds, with the Chairboys first to go close.
Morris sent the ball into the box and Akinfenwa should really have done better then divert the ball wide from a few yards out.
Pompey went straight up the other end and Lowe raced clear, only for his shot to be diverted wide by Allsop.
Pitman was finally introduced on 69 minutes, with Hawkins given a warm ovation as he departed the action.
Hicks was continuing to infuriate both sides by blowing his whistle every time a player hit the turf, despite the difficult conditions.
One soft free-kick for an alleged foul by Ben Close was fired narrowly past the post by the lively Morris.
Nathan Thompson then narrowly missed the target from close range, while Pitman’s cut-back hit a defender and went agonisingly behind the waiting Mason.
But PITMAN did give the Blues the lead on 86 minutes, rising at the far post to convert another fine Lowe cross.
An action-packed half swung back the other way moments later, however, when Burgess was penalised for a foul on Onyedimna in the box.
Hicks pointed straight to the spot and Jacobson slammed his penalty straight down the middle to draw Wycombe level.
There were five minutes of added time for either side to find a winner, but substitute Mason was denied late appeals for a foul in the box and the spoils were shared.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Evans (c) (Mason 80), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 69)
Goals: Evans 57, Pitman 86
Booked: Lowe, N.Thompson, Burgess
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, B.Thompson, Wheeler
Wycombe (4-1-4-1): Allsop; McCarthy, Jombati, Charles, Jacobson; Gape; Kashket (Cowan-Hall 63), Bloomfield (c) (Thompson 90+2), Morris, Onyedinma; Akinfenwa
Goals: Morris 21, Jacobson 89 (pen)
Booked: McCarthy, Jombati, Onyedinma, Kashket
Subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Harriman, Saunders, Williams, Mackail-Smith
Referee: Craig Hicks
Attendance: 18,648 (749 away fans)
Pompey climbed to the top of the League One table after goals from Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe saw off Peterborough.
Both sides were unbeaten going into the contest, but it was the Blues who emerged with that record still intact.
The goals arrived in the second half, with Ronan Curtis continuing his fine start to the campaign by providing a couple of assists.
He teed-up Hawkins for his first goal of the season and then helped Lowe extend the advantage further.
Matt Godden reduced the deficit in stoppage-time, but the visitors held on to secure another three-point haul.
Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Shrewsbury on home soil the previous week.
Curtis returned from Republic of Ireland international duty to replace the injured Andre Green wide on the left.
The other switch came in the centre of midfield, where Ben Thompson dropped to the bench to make way for Ben Close.
Both sets of fans – including more than 2,500 from the south coast – contributed to a vibrant atmosphere as the game began at a breathless pace.
It was a hectic end-to-end affair, although neither goalkeeper was given much to do in the opening 45 minutes.
An early Christian Burgess header was blocked, while Rhys Bennett hooked over at the other end after Jason Cummings had flicked on Colin Daniel’s delivery.
Hawkins then did well to get on the end of a teasing Lee Brown cross and head narrowly over the bar.
The Peterborough coaching team had found reason to berate the fourth official and referee Roger East gave Steve Evans a ticking off.
But even they did not seem to think anything was amiss when Siriki Dembele went down in the box and half-hearted penalty appeals emerged from the stands.
Posh keeper Aaron Chapman was called into action for the first time midway through the first half and comfortably dealt with a long-range Evans effort.
There was a better opportunity at the other end moments later, with Cummings wastefully firing over when the ball fell kindly to him in the box.
Craig MacGillivray then got down at his near post to keep out a low angled drive from Jason Naismith.
Pompey finished the half brightly, but were lacking a decent final pass and with no time added on, the sides went in level at the break.
Peterborough United 0
While the first half had started frantically, there was a more measured approach from both sides when the action restarted.
Evans saw a shot blocked from the edge of the area, while MacGillivray commandingly claimed a Dembele free-kick.
That was for a foul on Cummings by Nathan Thompson, a challenge that earned the right-back the game’s first yellow card.
There was a nervy moment when MacGillivray failed to hold a cross from Naismith, but he gratefully gathered at the second attempt.
And it was the visiting army of fans that were celebrating when the Blues broke the deadlock just past the hour mark.
HAWKINS has been in excellent form so far this season and he opened his goalscoring account by meeting Curtis’ cross and guiding home a header.
Pompey then appealed for a penalty when Lowe’s strike hit Ivan Toney on the arm, although it would have been difficult for the Posh substitute to get out of the way.
It mattered not, though, as the visitors did double the advantage just seconds later, with Curtis providing another assist.
He headed Hawkins’ cross back into the mixer and a first-time finish from LOWE nestled comfortably in the net.
There were a smattering of bookings late on as tempers began to fray, but the Blues were looking solid at the back.
Curtis took a knock and limped off towards the end, while seven minutes of added time gave the hosts hope of a comeback.
That grew when Godden took advantage of some sloppy defending to pull one back, but Pompey saw out the closing stages to climb above Peterborough and into top spot.
Peterborough (4-1-2-1-2): Chapman; Naismith, Bennett, Tafazolli, Daniel; Woodyard (c); Ward (Maddison 72), Dembele; O’Hara (Walker 66); Cummings (Toney 59), Godden
Goals: Godden 90+4
Booked: Daniel, Walker
Subs not used: Tyler, Yorwerth, Cooper, Reed
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close (B.Thompson 86), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Haunstrup 90); Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 62, Lowe 75
Booked: N.Thompson, Hawkins, Close, Burgess
Subs not used: McGee, Rose, Wheeler, Pitman, Mason
Referee: Roger East
Attendance: 10,472 (2,513 Pompey fans)
|PLOTSingle mother Lisa Decker drops off her young daughter, Julie, for her first day of kindergarten. She watches on as Julie is joined by two other girls, Kayla and Sam. Kayla's dad Mitchell and Sam's dad Hunter introduce themselves and become close friends after seeing the bond between their children.
Twelve years later, Julie shares with Kayla and Sam that she plans to lose her virginity to her boyfriend Austin at prom. Kayla pledges to do so as well, though on a casual basis with her lab partner, Connor. Sam, a closeted lesbian, joins the pact to cement the bond with her two best friends. She goes to prom with the harmless Chad.
Lisa sets up a pre-party for the parents and kids. The girls then head to the prom, texting each other about their sex pact. The three parents hear Julie's laptop and intercept the messages. Hunter deciphers their emoji codes, and they realize the girls' pact. Lisa and Mitchell rush to stop their daughters, but Hunter tries to stop them. Hunter shares his intuition that Sam is gay, but at the first party, he sees her force herself to kiss Chad. Wanting to protect Sam from doing something she doesn't want to do, he joins Lisa and Mitchell's crusade.
Having been told that the after-party would be at Austin's house, the parents go there. Instead, they find Austin's parents Ron and Cathy engaging in sex games. After some awkward moments, Ron reveals that the after-party is at a lake house, but refuses to give the address. The trio realizes that Mitchell's wife Marcie may have it, and go back to his house. Against Marcie's wishes, who defends their daughter's rights, they retrieve the address.
As they follow the girls from party to party, it becomes clear that each parent has their own motivation. Mitchell is overprotective and in denial over his daughter growing up. Hunter feels guilty for neglecting Sam during his bitter separation from her mother, who cheated on him. Lisa is struggling to let go of her only child and is offended by Julie's plans to go to distant UCLA.
Knowing that Austin and Ron have been texting, the parents return to Ron's house, intending to grab his phone. After barging in on the couple playing a blindfold sex game, Hunter is forced to go along with it as Mitchell grabs the phone, which reveals that the girls are at a hotel.
At the hotel, a drunk Sam goes to bed with Chad but decides she does not want to have sex, though she does give him a handjob. Kayla and Connor go off together, but she also changes her mind upon realizing her flippant attitude to her virginity, and they limit their sex to Connor performing cunnilingus for Kayla.
When Mitch finds Kayla with Connor, she is initially furious, but ultimately appeased by her father's good intentions. Hunter finds Sam and they also share a tender moment, where he reveals that a good night was the best he could give her in return for his neglect. After, Sam officially comes out to her father, who is deeply moved at being the first person she told. Lisa sneaks into Julie and Austin's room and, realizing how much the two clearly love each other, she sneaks unnoticed, leaving the two alone.
The three adults acknowledge that their own friendships have been strengthened. Their daughters are also closer, with Sam coming out to them, to which Julie and Kayla are extremely supportive. They leave Sam with her crush, Angelica, who shares a romantic kiss with her.
Three months later, Sam and Kayla drive with Julie to California. As they drive away, Lisa starts receiving the girl's group text, filled with plans to get drugs and have condom-less sex. As the three parents run for the car, the girls text that it was a prank, and a final "I love you" to them.
In a mid-credits scene, Mitchell and Marcie are playing the blindfold sex game that Austin's parents had been playing earlier – only to be found by a shocked Kayla.
|2018Personal Rating60Rotten Tomatoes Avg67MetaCritic Avg66IMDb Rating62Combined Rating63.0|
|PLOTHaving acquired the Power Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones, from the planet Xandar, Thanos and his lieutenants—Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive—intercept the spaceship carrying the survivors of Asgard's recent destruction. As they extract the Space Stone from the Tesseract, Thanos subdues Thor, overpowers Hulk, and kills Loki. Thanos also kills Heimdall after he sends Hulk to Earth using the Bifröst. Thanos and his lieutenants depart, destroying the ship.
Hulk crash-lands in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, reverting to the form of Bruce Banner. He warns Stephen Strange and Wong about Thanos' plan to kill half of all life in the universe, and they recruit Tony Stark. Maw and Obsidian arrive to retrieve the Time Stone from Strange, drawing the attention of Peter Parker. Maw is unable to take the Time Stone due to an enchantment and captures Strange instead. Stark and Parker sneak aboard Maw's spaceship while Wong stays behind to guard the Sanctum.
In Edinburgh, Midnight and Glaive ambush Wanda Maximoff and Vision in order to retrieve the Mind Stone in Vision's forehead. Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson rescue them and they take shelter with James Rhodes and Banner at Avengers Compound. Vision asks Maximoff to destroy him and the Mind Stone to keep Thanos from retrieving it, but Maximoff refuses. Rogers suggests they travel to Wakanda, which he believes has the resources to remove the Stone without killing Vision.
The Guardians of the Galaxy respond to a distress call from the Asgardian ship and rescue Thor, who surmises that Thanos is currently going after the Reality Stone, which is in the possession of the Collector on Knowhere. Rocket and Groot accompany Thor to Nidavellir, where they and Eitri create Stormbreaker, a battle-axe capable of killing Thanos. On Knowhere, Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis find Thanos with the Reality Stone already in his possession. Thanos kidnaps Gamora, his adopted daughter, who reveals the Soul Stone is on Vormir in order to save her captive adopted sister, Nebula, from torture. On Vormir, the Stone's keeper, Red Skull, tells Thanos that he can only acquire it by sacrificing someone he loves. Thanos kills Gamora, earning the Stone.
Nebula escapes captivity and asks the remaining Guardians to meet her at Thanos' destroyed homeworld, Titan. Stark and Parker kill Maw and rescue Strange. Landing on Titan, they meet Quill, Drax, and Mantis. Strange uses the Time Stone to view millions of possible futures, seeing only one in which Thanos loses. The group forms a plan to subdue Thanos and remove the Infinity Gauntlet, which he uses to house the Stones. Thanos appears and justifies his plans as necessary to ensure the survival of a universe threatened by overpopulation. Nebula arrives soon after, and helps the others subdue Thanos until she deduces that Thanos has killed Gamora. Enraged, Quill attacks Thanos, inadvertently allowing him to break the group's hold and overpower them. Thanos grievously wounds Stark, but spares him after Strange surrenders the Time Stone to him.
In Wakanda, Rogers reunites with Bucky Barnes before Thanos' army invades. The Avengers, alongside T'Challa and the Wakandan forces, mount a defense while Shuri works to extract the Mind Stone from Vision. Hulk refuses to fight after losing to Thanos, so Banner fights in Stark's Hulkbuster armor. Thor, Rocket, and Groot arrive to reinforce the Avengers. Midnight, Obsidian, and Glaive are killed and their army is routed, but Shuri is unable to complete the extraction before Thanos arrives. Maximoff destroys the Mind Stone and Vision, but Thanos uses the Time Stone to reverse her actions and rips the repaired Mind Stone from Vision's forehead, killing him. Thor severely wounds Thanos with Stormbreaker, but Thanos activates the completed Gauntlet by snapping his fingers before teleporting away.
Half of all life across the universe disintegrates, including Barnes, T'Challa, Groot, Maximoff, Wilson, Mantis, Drax, Quill, Strange, and Parker, as well as Maria Hill and Nick Fury, although Fury is able to transmit an emergency signal on a modified pager. Stark and Nebula remain on Titan while Banner, M'Baku, Okoye, Rhodes, Rocket, Rogers, Romanoff, and Thor are left on the Wakandan battlefield. Meanwhile, Thanos watches a sunrise on a peaceful planet.
|2018Personal Rating90Rotten Tomatoes Avg88MetaCritic Avg78IMDb Rating84Combined Rating85.9|
Brett Pitman came off the bench to net a penalty and ensure Pompey’s unbeaten start to the League One campaign continued.
The first half was a largely drab affair, although the hosts did improve markedly following the interval.
It looked like a first defeat was on the cards when Greg Docherty took advantage of some sloppy defending to give Shrewsbury the lead.
But – much to the relief of the Fratton faithful – Pitman kept his cool from the spot to secure a share of the spoils.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that comfortably saw off Plymouth the previous week.
With Ronan Curtis away on international duty, Andre Green was handed his league debut wide on the left.
There were also a couple of enforced switches at the back, with Christian Burgess and Nathan Thompson replacing the injured Jack Whatmough and Anton Walkes.
The Blues had got off to a flying start against Argyle, but it was flat opening 45 minutes against the struggling Shrews.
That did not look like being the case when Jamal Lowe’s shot was tipped around the post by Joel Coleman in the early stages.
But that was not a portent of what was to come, with the remainder of the half being a fairly lifeless affair.
Indeed, it was Shrewsbury who looked more likely to break the deadlock, without really being able to test Craig MacGillivray between the sticks.
Lenell John-Lewis could not connect with Shaun Whalley’s teasing delivery at the back post, while a drive from Omar Beckles was not too far off target.
And John-Lewis had another decent opportunity after Ollie Norburn had dispossessed Tom Naylor, only to fire high over the bar.
Christian Burgess had to make a timely challenge inside the box on 42 minutes to stop Josh Laurent getting a shot away.
But the visitors’ best chance came just before the break, as Anthony Grant turned neatly and fired inches past the post.
Shrewsbury Town 0
Jackett made a double switch at the start of the second half, as Green and Ben Thompson made way for David Wheeler and Ben Close.
The former won a free-kick after being fouled by Mat Sadler just after the restart, with Gareth Evans’ effort pushed clear by the diving Coleman.
It was much better from the Blues and a corner from Evans caused problems, while Wheeler was unable to beat Coleman at the keeper’s near post.
The visitors thought they should have been awarded a penalty just past the hour mark after Alex Gilliead had cut through the home defence.
He went down under Lee Brown’s challenge and cried foul, but referee Charles Breakspear was not interested.
And Brown then had an ambitious shot from 30 yards that fizzed narrowly wide, amidst anguished cries from the crowd.
They went even closer when Evans met Nathan Thompson’s cross with a firm header that Coleman just about managed to push clear.
Pompey’s final change came on 67 minutes, as the hard-working Hawkins was withdrawn for Pitman.
The hosts had looked much more of a threat since the restart, but it was the Shrews celebrating a goal on 74 minutes.
Burgess was unable to clear a cross from Whalley and Docherty – who had only come on a few seconds earlier – took advantage to lash the ball into the net.
The Blues tried to hit back and thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Pitman went down on 81 minutes.
Josh Emmanuel certainly had his hands on the striker, but Breakspear waved away the noisy appeals from players and fans alike.
The referee did point to the spot soon after, though, when Gilliead brought down Nathan Thompson in the box.
It was the linesman who flagged, although Breakspear took a while to make his mind up before awarding the penalty.
PITMAN stepped up to take it and although Coleman went the right way, the ball nestled in the bottom corner.
Five minutes of stoppage-time meant there were even hopes raised for a dramatic winner, but the Blues were unable to strike again.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson (Close 46), Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Green (Wheeler 46); Hawkins (Pitman 67)
Goals: Pitman 87 (pen)
Subs not used: McGee, Haunstrup, Rose, Mason
Shrewsbury (4-1-4-1): Coleman; Emmanuel, Waterfall, Sadler (c), Beckles; Grant; Whalley, Norburn, Laurent (Docherty 73), Gilliead; John-Lewis (Amadi-Holloway 67)
Goals: Docherty 74
Subs not used: Gregory, Sears, Haynes, Colkett, Okenabirhie
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 17,634 (281 away fans)
|PLOTIn Kathmandu, the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj and behead its librarian. They steal a few pages from an ancient, mystical text belonging to the Ancient One, a long-lived sorcerer who has taught every student at Kamar-Taj, including Kaecilius, in the mystic arts. The Ancient One pursues the traitors, but Kaecilius and his followers escape.
In New York City, Stephen Strange, a wealthy, acclaimed, and arrogant neurosurgeon, severely injures his hands in a car crash, leaving him unable to operate. Fellow surgeon Christine Palmer tries to help him move on, but Strange vainly pursues experimental surgeries to heal his hands. Strange learns about Jonathan Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously regained use of his legs. Pangborn directs Strange to Kamar-Taj, where he is taken in by Mordo, a sorcerer under the Ancient One. The Ancient One demonstrates her power to Strange, revealing the astral plane and other dimensions such as the Mirror Dimension. She reluctantly agrees to train Strange, whose arrogance and ambition remind her of Kaecilius.
Strange studies under the Ancient One and Mordo, and from ancient books in the library that is now guarded by Master Wong. Strange learns that Earth is protected from threats from other dimensions by a shield generated from three buildings called Sanctums, in New York City, London, and Hong Kong, which are all directly accessible from Kamar-Taj. The sorcerers' task is to protect the Sanctums, though Pangborn instead chose to channel mystical energy only into walking again. Strange progresses quickly, and secretly reads the text from which Kaecilius stole pages, learning to bend time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto. Mordo and Wong warn Strange against breaking the laws of nature, drawing a comparison to Kaecilius' desire for eternal life.
Kaecilius uses the stolen pages to contact Dormammu of the Dark Dimension, where time is non-existent. Kaecilius destroys the London Sanctum to weaken Earth's protection. The zealots then attack the New York Sanctum, killing its guardian, but Strange holds them off with the help of the Cloak of Levitation, only to be critically injured during a skirmish. He teleports himself back to the hospital where Palmer saves him. Upon returning to the Sanctum, Strange reveals to Mordo that the Ancient One has been drawing power from the Dark Dimension to sustain her long life, and Mordo becomes disillusioned with the Ancient One. After a fight in the Mirror Dimension of New York, Kaecilius mortally wounds the Ancient One and escapes to Hong Kong. Before dying, she tells Strange that he too will have to bend the rules to complement Mordo's steadfast nature in order to defeat Kaecilius. Strange and Mordo arrive in Hong Kong to find Wong dead, the Sanctum destroyed, and the Dark Dimension engulfing Earth. Strange uses the Eye to reverse time and save Wong, then enters the Dark Dimension and creates a time loop around himself and Dormammu. After repeatedly killing Strange to no avail, Dormammu finally gives in to Strange's demand that he permanently leave Earth alone and take Kaecilius and his zealots with him in return for Strange breaking the loop.
Disillusioned by Strange and the Ancient One defying nature's laws, Mordo renounces his sorcerer career and departs. Strange returns the Eye to Kamar-Taj and takes up residence in the New York Sanctum to continue his studies with Wong. In a mid-credits scene, Strange decides to help Thor, who has brought his brother Loki to Earth to search for their father, Odin. In a post-credits scene, Mordo confronts Pangborn and steals the mystical energy he uses to walk, telling him that Earth has "too many sorcerers".
|2016Personal Rating70Rotten Tomatoes Avg88MetaCritic Avg77IMDb Rating75Combined Rating75.8|
|PLOTThousands of years ago, five African tribes war over a meteorite containing the metal vibranium. One warrior ingests a "heart-shaped herb" affected by the metal and gains superhuman abilities, becoming the first "Black Panther". He unites all but the Jabari Tribe to form the nation of Wakanda. Over centuries, the Wakandans use the vibranium to develop advanced technology and isolate themselves from the world by posing as a Third World country. In 1992, Wakanda's King T'Chaka visits his brother N'Jobu, who is working undercover in Oakland, California. T'Chaka accuses N'Jobu of assisting black-market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue with stealing vibranium from Wakanda. N'Jobu's partner reveals he is Zuri, another undercover Wakandan, and confirms T'Chaka's suspicions.
In the present day, following T'Chaka's death, his son T'Challa returns to Wakanda to assume the throne. He and Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje regiment, extract T'Challa's ex-lover Nakia from an undercover assignment so she can attend his coronation ceremony with his mother Ramonda and younger sister Shuri. At the ceremony, the Jabari Tribe's leader M'Baku challenges T'Challa for the crown in ritual combat. T'Challa defeats M'Baku and persuades him to yield rather than die.
When Klaue and his accomplice Erik Stevens steal a Wakandan artifact from a London museum, T'Challa's friend and Okoye's lover W'Kabi urges him to bring Klaue back alive. T'Challa, Okoye, and Nakia travel to Busan, South Korea, where Klaue plans to sell the artifact to CIA agent Everett K. Ross. A firefight erupts, and Klaue attempts to flee but is caught by T'Challa, who reluctantly releases him to Ross' custody. Klaue tells Ross that Wakanda's international image is a front for a technologically advanced civilization. Erik attacks and extracts Klaue as Ross is gravely injured protecting Nakia. Rather than pursue Klaue, T'Challa takes Ross to Wakanda, where their technology can save him.
While Shuri heals Ross, T'Challa confronts Zuri about N'Jobu. Zuri explains that N'Jobu planned to share Wakanda's technology with people of African descent around the world to help them conquer their oppressors. As T'Chaka arrested N'Jobu, the latter attacked Zuri and forced T'Chaka to kill him. T'Chaka ordered Zuri to lie that N'Jobu had disappeared and left behind N'Jobu's American son to maintain the lie. This boy grew up to be Stevens, a U.S. black ops soldier who adopted the name "Killmonger". Meanwhile, Killmonger kills Klaue and takes his body to Wakanda. He is brought before the tribal elders, revealing his identity to be N'Jadaka and claim to the throne. Killmonger challenges T'Challa to ritual combat, where he kills Zuri, defeats T'Challa, and hurls him over a waterfall to his presumed death. Killmonger ingests the heart-shaped herb and orders the rest incinerated, but Nakia extracts one first. Killmonger, supported by W'Kabi and his army, prepares to distribute shipments of Wakandan weapons to operatives around the world.
Nakia, Shuri, Ramonda, and Ross flee to the Jabari Tribe for aid. They find a comatose T'Challa, rescued by the Jabari in repayment for sparing M'Baku's life. Healed by Nakia's herb, T'Challa returns to fight Killmonger, who dons his own Black Panther suit. W'Kabi and his army fight Shuri, Nakia, and the Dora Milaje, while Ross remotely pilots a jet and shoots down planes carrying the vibranium weapons. M'Baku and the Jabari arrive to reinforce T'Challa. Confronted by Okoye, W'Kabi and his army stand down. Fighting in Wakanda's vibranium mine, T'Challa disrupts Killmonger's suit and stabs him. Killmonger refuses to be healed, choosing to die a free man rather than be incarcerated.
T'Challa establishes an outreach center at the building where N'Jobu died, to be run by Nakia and Shuri. In a mid-credits scene, T'Challa appears before the United Nations to reveal Wakanda's true nature to the world. In a post-credits scene, Shuri helps Bucky Barnes with his recovery.
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Checkatrade Trophy Group
Pompey eased to victory over Gillingham in their opening Checkatrade Trophy group match at Fratton Park.
A largely uneventful first half came to life right at the end, with Matt Clarke and Ben Close finding the net in quick succession.
Brett Pitman then hammered home a penalty after the interval to erase any hopes of a Gills comeback.
And a comfortable evening was wrapped up right at the end when David Wheeler opened his Blues account.
Kenny Jackett made 10 changes from the side that comfortably saw off Plymouth in the league at the weekend.
Clarke was the only player to keep his spot, with loan sign Andre Green handed his debut in an attacking role.
Pitman reclaimed the captain’s armband up front, while fellow striker Joe Mason had to be content with a place among the substitutes.
The crowd were packed into the South Stand, but there was not too much to keep them entertained for the majority of the first half.
Pitman thundered a 30-yard free-kick against the crossbar after Wheeler had been fouled by Aaron Simpson.
But that was not typical of a listless opening period that only exploded into life just before the interval.
Neither keeper had much to deal with, although Luke McGee made a regulation save to deny Navid Nasseri.
Pompey finally moved through the gears on 41 minutes when Adam May slipped a fine pass down the line for Wheeler.
His low centre was intended for Pitman, who would have been left with a simple finish had Alex Lacey not cut the ball out.
But the deadlock was broken from the resulting corner, as CLARKE was left untroubled to convert May’s delivery.
And the celebrations from the home supporters had barely died down before the Blues doubled their advantage.
Nathan Thompson crossed from the right and although CLOSE’s first time effort lacked power, it was neatly placed into the bottom corner.
It might have been even better in stoppage-time, but a long-range effort from May flashed past the post.
There were only a few minutes on the clock when the hosts had a great chance to extend their lead further.
Wheeler whipped in a teasing cross from the right that would normally have been gobbled up by Pitman, but he fired uncharacteristically wide from a few yards out.
Pompey’s skipper made up for that, however, by opening his account for the season from the penalty spot on 55 minutes.
Alan Young pointed to the spot when Green went down under Aaron Simpson’s challenge, with PITMAN on hand to slam home from 12 yards.
Gills keeper Tom Hadler then came tearing from his line to stop Wheeler reaching Green’s threaded pass.
Mason was introduced for his Blues bow just past the hour mark, with May the man to make way for the on-loan Wolves striker.
The tempo of the contest unsurprisingly dropped with the lead so commanding and the chances started to dry up again.
Wheeler came close to adding a fourth goal after bundling his way into the box, but Hadler came to the rescue with a decent stop.
And that is exactly what he did at the death, with WHEELER on hand to net from close range after Mason’s blocked shot had fallen into his path.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Wheeler, May (Mason 62), Green; Pitman (c)
Goals: Clarke 41, Close 43, Pitman 55 (pen), Wheeler 90
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Brown, Naylor, B.Thompson, Evans, Lowe
Gillingham (4-1-2-1-2): Hadler; O’Neill (c), Lacey (Scarlett 80), Ogilvie, Simpson (Nash 65); Oldaker; Rees (Chapman 62), Stevenson; Nasseri; Wilkinson, List
Subs not used: Holy, O’Mara, Woods, Mbo
Referee: Alan Young
Attendance: 2,011 (69 away fans)