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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: Superhero sequel deftly mixes fantasy, drama

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

From the corniest of all names to the Wonder Bread personality of Steve Rogers whether he was in costume or not, the 1940s version of Captain America we saw in the 2009 movie was one of the blander superheroes in the Marvel Universe.

One might think the unfrozen Steve/Cap who was part of the ensemble in “The Avengers” might not be able to sustain the lead in a modern-day adventure, but the good news is in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” we not only get an edgier, more complex, more compelling storyline, we get the most badass 95-year-old the world has ever known.

Looking as pumped up as a potential first-round NFL draft choice at a scouting combine and displaying a better honed sense of humor than he possessed back in the day, Steve/Cap (Chris Evans) is finding his way around modern-day Washington, trying to soak up all he can about everything he’s missed. Steve walks around with a little notebook filled with entries such as “Steve Jobs/Apple” and “Moon Landing.” (He also makes a side trip to the Smithsonian, where they have an awesome exhibit about … Captain America.)

Under the watchful eye of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury — and I mean that literally, as Nick has just the one good eye — Steve finds himself working with the duplicitous Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which is engaged in a multilayered, generation-spanning war with HYDRA, the evil organization formed by the Nazis. Natasha flirts with Steve and encourages him to go out and get, um, lucky. There’s an obvious chemistry between them, but they resist the romance, which is probably a good idea given the number of issues they’re both working on…


Samuel L. Jackson: Slam poem about “Boy Meets World” on Tonight Show

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Chris Evans: ‘I’m not done with Acting [like reported last week] …’

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

VIRAL VID! THE LION KING Australia Cast sings ‘Circle of Life’ on flight

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Roeper Rundown April 1st: Most overrated movies of all time

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

TRAILER: ‘Something Wicked’

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Shailene Woodley Talks ‘Divergent’

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Drew Barrymore CinemaCon Female Star of the Year

Monday, March 31st, 2014

‘Noah’: Razor-sharp Russell Crowe on a mission from God

Monday, March 31st, 2014

This is not your father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s Noah.

This is a “Noah” for the 21st century, one of the most dazzling and unforgettable biblical epics ever put on film.

It’s also already ticking off some people, including a few who haven’t actually seen the film before deciding it is blasphemous propaganda.

What it actually is is a movie — a stylized but never disrespectful take on one of the most well known stories in the history of civilization.

Director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky has delivered a bold, visually stunning, emotionally involving and sometimes just plain loony interpretation of the legendary tale from the Book of Genesis of the man and the ark and the two-of-every-kind animals and the 40 days and nights of rain. This is a biblical epic with an apocalyptic look, filled with thunderous special effects and amazing sets. “Noah” looks as pricey and ambitious as a “Lord of the Rings” movie and sometimes plays like the Old Testament as filtered through a “Braveheart” lens…


‘Sabotage’: A brutal, bloody, gruesomely funny Arnold Schwarzenegger shoot-’em-up

Monday, March 31st, 2014

If you arranged all the plot elements in “Sabotage” in linear fashion and started pinning photos to a bulletin board and then you added charts and diagrams connecting the carnage and identifying the culprits as they do in movies like, well, “Sabotage,” you’d be left scratching your head and realizing this is some bat-bleep crazy stuff, and not all of it can be explained.

Like how did that body wind up THERE, and why did THAT villain stuff that corpse THERE, and how in the world did that RV end up OVER THERE anyway?

But this brutal, bloody, dark and at times gruesomely funny thriller isn’t some David Fincher-esque mood piece where all the clues come together at the end. It’s more like a modern-day, Georgia version of a spaghetti Western, with the 66-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger actually donning a cowboy hat at one point to drive home the point…


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