Transcendence

Directed by Wally Pfister Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy Rating: 2.5 stars (of five) Trancendence plays with a great science fiction idea–the artificial intelligence “singularity”–that it tries to deliver...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders Review:  4 stars (of five) I liked the Captain America sequel. While it has more stretches of extended gun violence than I need in any one movie (or any three, really), it intercuts the bang-bang-bang with just enough character moments to hold it all together.  And it must be said that there’s some fine, compelling choreography in those protracted gunfights.  Chris Evans throws that ever-ricocheting shield around in a way that makes any comics fan’s heart skip a beat. ...