Shazam! (****1/2) – All hands on deck

"The concept of the film is relatively simple, Big with super powers. If we limit our expectations to this idea, we're in for a decent surprise. The characters are painted simply, but given a shade by a plot that seems predictable in hindsight. The pleasant part to the viewer is one enjoys the film enough to be swept into the story without necessarily considering that fact."

Captain Marvel is reviewed by a 40+ year-old man and his teenage daughter

"Em is excited at the prospects of this film. She looks forward to seeing Captain take over a leadership role with the Avengers. Conversations drift back and forth between characters as she imagines whose place she will supplant. This is not excitement for girl power. It's just a person who enjoys the evolution of the Marvel Universe. Will this supplant her love for Tony, Peter Parker or Loki? Does it have to? Em doesn't think so."

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - 2014 Writer & Director Dean DeBlois Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington Screenplay based on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell There was a real concern when How To Train Your Dragon was followed by a television series.  So much talent was … Continue reading How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1

Guardians of the Galaxy - 2014Director James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz Screenplay Gunn & Nicole PermanI just saw the movie event of the summer.  And I waited until I saw it twice to … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1