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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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 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

The Avengers

Rating: 4.75 of 5  

I love Joss Whedon.

Here’s the thing, he has been loved by a small percentage of the population for over a decade. He’s an incredibly talented storyteller; unsurpassed with dialog; great with characters; capable of infusing meaning into a fun story. Now is the moment when everyone else figures out how truly . . . → more

Iron Man

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

I’m not a huge Robert Downey Jr. fan. In fact, I kind of dislike him more than I like him. Or, I did. But I was actually surprised at how much I liked this movie, even after everyone said again and again how good it is. I still didn’t expect to like . . . → more

Captain America

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

I know I’m in the minority of people who really like this movie. Ok, maybe not the minority because it opened to $65M but it’s one of the few movies Kel and I disagreed on substantially so it feels like a minority. And, I think it feels that way even more because . . . → more