Captain America: Civil War

The third Captain America film cements the series’ place at the top of the Marvel movie food chain. While the first Iron Man is hard to beat, later installments haven’t been up to snuff. You liked the Avengers films better? Good news: Captain America: Civil War is a better Avengers film than either of Joss Whedon’s entries. It’s also arguably the best film of the Cap series. Captain America: Civil War Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman Review: 4.5 stars (of five) The story...

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. ...

The Avengers

Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johanssen, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Todd Hiddleston Review: 4 stars (of five) The Avengers is the ultimate comic book movie. No previous superhero film has so perfectly translate the bombast of a big superteam comic to cinema. If I had to illustrate what superhero comics are like without using an actual superhero comic, I would show you this movie. There are arguably better comic-book films (ones with smaller casts and a better character-to-violence ratio), and there are many, many worse ones (at least 70% of the Batmans and 60%...