Avengers: Infinity War (****) doesn’t need our opinions (spoiler free review)

#avengers #infinitywar You know what you're getting when you walk in to the theater. This is less a (spoiler free) review than a complaint about the inevitability of it all. Still, the only way you can be disappointed is if you know how meaningless it all is...or if you think they're never making another movie. 

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Captain America: Civil War (*****) Goes where the Avengers cannot

The story surges ahead and it really is quite centered, despite the number of characters involved. The premise is a simple one, yet the questions it asks are profound. It really extends on the premise on how we want to be governed. Do we want to fulfill our own destiny, or do we want to push that responsibility to the side in wait of the judgement of others who may or may not be wiser.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad

Avengers: Age of Ultron - 2015 Written and Directed by Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson Tony Stark / Iron Man (facing fire of the enemy) Guys, wait. We gotta talk this through. (after incapacitating all of them with leg shots) It … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The enemy is not us

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 2014 Director Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a special kind of thrill.  In the small town of Seaside Oregon, Grouchnapper and I walked into a box theater which had less … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The enemy is not us

Pain & Gain: Meat

Pain & Gain - 2013 Director Michael Bay Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris Screenplay Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely based on the book by Pete Collins Let's not get down to the nitty-gritty on this.  No one will benefit from knowing whether the events in the movie are true or not.  What is remarkable is the … Continue reading Pain & Gain: Meat

Gangster Squad: Which way is Zombieland?

Gangster Squad - 2013 Director Ruben Fleischer Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña , Merielle Enos Screenplay Will Beall from Tales from Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman Gangster Squad is not nearly as bad as has been reported.  It's nowhere near as good as it could have been.  It's … Continue reading Gangster Squad: Which way is Zombieland?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: An Acceptable Farce

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - 2012 Director Timur Bekmambetov Cast Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Martin Csokas, Alan Tudyk Screenplay Seth Grahame-Smith There is something good to be said for just going for it.  In the case of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we have a concept that is ridiculous beyond measure.  The 16th … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: An Acceptable Farce