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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Now this is a heist! Anthony and Joe Russo ostensibly entered the picture with the directing gig for a third Captain America film, but they have actually stolen the show by helming the third, most ambitious Avengers movie. Their Captain

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Zack Synder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (C) is schizophrenic in virtually every way, from its title that purports to be both an unexpected showdown as well as a Justice League origin story to keeping up with each of

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: Deadpool

Wielding a war arsenal ranging from zingers to Zambonis, comfortable going commando for confrontations and partial to the musical stylings of Wham! to set the mood, the titular hero of Tim Miller’s Deadpool (A-) leapfrogs most recent films in the

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Posted in 2016, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Ant-Man

Like a pest at a picnic, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man (C-) is all over the place and quite irritating. Paul Rudd provides his cat burglar turned miniaturized superhero with about as little charisma as possible and certainly none of his trademark

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Posted in 2015

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (C) assembles all of the superheroes from the original hit but little of the wit for a flimsy follow-up. Lumbering, uninspired and overlong, the film now carries the burden of having to extend the

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Posted in 2015

Movie Review: X-Men Days of Future Past

Returning to the director’s chair he occupied for the franchise’s first two installments, Bryan Singer brings little new inspiration to X-Men Days of Future Past (C-), a tedious time travel installment in which the veteran ensemble of mutant superheroes sends

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Posted in 2014

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Director Mark Webb is in fine command of the energy, acting, humor, gravitas, story and effects for the entertaining summer comic book movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (B). Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone lend their considerable charms to the leading

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Posted in 2014, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: The Wolverine (2013)

Director James Mangold channels his inner adamantium to create a steely summer adventure with The Wolverine (B+). This Tokyo-set saga features Hugh Jackman in top form and grounded story and stunts that deliver the goods. This actioner features some nice

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Posted in 2013

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

The discipline of director Kenneth Branagh is missed this time around as all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put this kingdom back together for the sequel again. Director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World (D+) reunites

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Posted in 2013

Movie Review: Man of Steel

Director Zack Snyder completely reboots the Superman legend with an otherworldly alien quality to the superhero’s power and backstory in Man of Steel (B-). Henry Cavill was effective as the outsider, and Snyder enjoyably shakes up the formula with flashbacks

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Posted in 2013, Rent It Tonight

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