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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Thor Ragnarok (****) a well-placed step towards the inevitable

In all, this is a fun film that is as good as one could expect coming from one of the heretofore most boring parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If it feels a bit underdone, it's because it still follows the formula of megalomaniac who almost has it all until she doesn't. Marvel has done a great job making their formula interesting, even if the characters (outside of Steve Rogers) evolve at a snail's pace. If the Marvel movie formula is still stuck in the mode of dragging these characters in and never quite letting them go, well, one can understand why. It's comic books, man.

Spotlight (****1/2) takes the road less travelled

Spotlight - 2015 Director Tom McCarthy Screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer Starring  Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Len Cariou, Jamey Sheridan, Paul Guilfoyle, Brian d'Arcy James, Billy Crudup In 2001, Marty Baron (Schreiber) is the new editor of the The Boston Globe. His perspective is that of an outsider and being so, he is not … Continue reading Spotlight (****1/2) takes the road less travelled

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

Foxcatcher (***): It doesn’t take a genius to be born into money

Foxcatcher - 2014 Director Bennett Miller Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall Screenplay by E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman A story about misfits can be a sweet thing about overcoming adversity. In the case of Mark (Tatum) and Dave Shultz' (Ruffalo) intersection with John "Golden Eagle" du Pont (Carrell), it is an eerie and dangerous … Continue reading Foxcatcher (***): It doesn’t take a genius to be born into money

Now You See Me is a cute date that vanishes after the show

Now You See Me - 2013 Director Louis Leterrier Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Michael Kelley, Elias Koteas Screenplay Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt Now You See Me is the kind of trick that shows you how its done while its setting you up for the next trick.  Four magicians (Eisenberg, Fisher, Harrelson and Franco) … Continue reading Now You See Me is a cute date that vanishes after the show

Cool Papa E Reviews The Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers Movies) Phase One

When Captain America: The First Avenger is released July 22, 2012, it will mark the last movie to be released ramping up to the May 4, 2012 arrival of the first superhero team movie, The Avengers.  At this point, everyone is aware of the team that has been assembled: Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible … Continue reading Cool Papa E Reviews The Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers Movies) Phase One