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I have to admit, I've always found the presence of Thor, God of Thunder, in the Marvel universe a bit odd. Pretty much all the other superheroes are Earth-bound people who have powers because of some …
OK, so I know dismissing a whole Marvel movie based on the theory of white male privilege sounds dismissive, but a few hours after watching Doctor Strange, the latest in a slew of superheroes we've ne…
First, this is really an Avengers movie that has Captain America's pretty face at the forefront. If you want to see almost all your favorite heroes from the last beeeeellion Marvel movies (except Hulk…
The X-Men universe keeps on keepin' on, and going in multiple directions and back again, it seems to have a never-ending universe. Characters first introduced in Bryan Singer's first X-Men film in 200…
I know several people that would name Paul Rudd as one of their movie boyfriends. He's ridiculously good-looking, but despite (rather than because of) that he is totally adorable because he is a big o…
Wade Wilson is a wisecracking pretty-boy mercenary (played by wisecracking pretty-boy Ryan Reynolds, who finally seems to have a role that fits him like a red leather bodysuit). He runs in dangerous c…
I'm the first person to admit that I'm not the target audience of the torrent of superhero movies that have been pouring into theaters the last decade or two. They all blur together, the snarky clever…
Starting on a gentle, note of wide-eyed fantasy, I was thinking to myself that this latest reboot of Fantastic Four harkened back to an almost-Spielbergian earnestness, down to a junkyard set that loo…
The formula is so simple – great actors playing great characters in a great film with great effects and a really great screenplay – that’s it’s amazing so many films get it wrong at this time of year.…
Heck, even I sat in the theater thinking, “This is really good, but not quite as good as X2 or Spider-Man 2.” By the same token, the first films in those two franchises weren’t as strong as their sequ…
So I was surprised that I found Rise of the Silver Surfer to be entertaining, in an entirely popcorn-and-Red-Vines kind of way. The film reminded me of Saturday matinee movies of childhood, or action-…
Every movie faces the challenge of engaging and immersing its audience, but comic book movies have two groups to satisfy; the devoted fans and the casual viewer. Ideally the film will be detailed enou…