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...

Avengers: Age of Ult...

Spectacle fatigue cripples Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the film delivers too much of what the audience demands to rate it a complete failure, it cannot be called a good film story.  While it succeeds as a commercial product and in terms of  technical craftsmanship, it fails as...

Iron Man 3

Directed by: Shane Black Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Don Cheadle Review: 2.5 stars (of five) Iron Man 3 is a bit of a disappointment. It’s a long slog, a disjointed blur that never entirely gels. It’s a series of events,...

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%...

Sherlock Holmes: A G...

Director: Guy Ritchie Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomie Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry Review: 3 stars (of five) The key flaw in Guy Ritchie’s first Holmes film was that the emphasis on action/comedy and hyperactive, modern camera techniques completely jarred with the...