Dr. Strange

Rating: 4 of 5  

While I knew a bit about Dr. Strange going in, like the character’s name and his look and that he messed with reality, I didn’t really know his history or the mythology around him. So, it was quite refreshing to not know what was coming for this character as the story progressed.

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Captain America: Civil War

Rating: 4 of 5  

When a movie does so many things well, it’s hard to find the words.

It’s a lot easier to point out flaws, to identify where it could have been better and what they should have done. But Captain America: Civil War is a solid movie; probably my favorite Captain America movie and easily . . . → more

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

One of the things I like best about Age of Ultron is that despite all the previews and hype everywhere, I still went in not knowing what to expect. And I was surprised. I liked that the pacing of the third act wasn’t typical. I liked that it did the unexpected. I . . . → more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

The Winter Soldier was not quite what I expected. Though, to be fair, I tried not to expect much.

It was much more real world than prior Marvel movies, I think even more so than the Iron Man films. Because Tony Stark as a billionaire playboy doesn’t resemble much of real life even . . . → more

Thor – The Dark World

Rating: 4 of 5  

I was expecting this movie to be good. I liked the first one a lot (with only a few qualifications) and I liked the character even more in The Avengers. So, yes, I pretty much expected The Dark World to be good. And even then, I was impressed.

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Wolverine

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

I have to admit that I heard a couple of Collider interviews that pointed out that this isn’t really a comic book movie until the third act and I totally have to agree. It’s thoughtful and interesting and sort of everything I expected the first Wolverine movie to be. But for all . . . → more

Man of Steel

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

It’s not often that my reviews are as colored by other opinions and insights as this one is. But that’s what happens when I wait a week to write it, and in this case I think it makes for a better review.

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Iron Man 3

Rating: 4 of 5  

Marvel’s Phase Two shows obvious signs of being post-Avengers. And not just in the characters and the ramifications they have to deal with (Tony Stark, perhaps most of all) but in the studio and writers and directors who have seen what a Joss Whedon superhero movie is and now have to be . . . → more

The Dark Knight Rises

Dark Knight Rises | Christian Bale

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

After a while, when you’ve seen a few movies by certain directors, you learn their style so well that you can be impressed but few things are unexpected.

The Dark Knight Rises is a Christopher Nolan movie and so it’s very well made, structurally sharp, intelligent and takes the time to actually . . . → more

The Amazing Spider-man

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

History Lesson: Spider-man was the first superhero I ever knew. Of course he had his amazing friends who I liked a lot and sometimes the X-Men who were interesting. But Spider-man was the central figure in my superhero world and even back then I knew the difference between the lead and the . . . → more