Tag Archives: Chris Evans

Spider-Man: Homecoming

As Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to juggle high school with serving as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) apprentice, a new villain (Michael Keaton) emerges who’s taken advantage of alien technology. Another indie filmmaker gets a chance to shine in the Marvel factory. Jon Watts brings a humorous, light touch and a bit of cheeky … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming

Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.  This year has seen two epic superhero movies, crafted by the film studios of rivaling comic-book powerhouses Marvel and DC Comics. The first one, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was generally scorned, while Captain America: Civil War is getting a lot of praise. In both films, we see … Continue reading Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

Snowpiercer

FIGHT YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.  After a catastrophic event resulting in a new ice age, mankind’s only survivors are packed onboard a huge train traveling a worldwide track; one day, the poor in the back mount another attempt at revolt… The Korean director’s English-language debut has a premise that won’t stand up to scrutiny, … Continue reading Snowpiercer

Avengers: Age of Ultron

A NEW AGE BEGINS. When a program devised by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) called Ultron becomes unexpectedly sentient and immediately targets The Avengers as a threat that needs to be extinct, our superheroes are in for a huge challenge. The sequel to The Avengers (2012) is so firmly entrenched in the Marvel universe and … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Iceman

LOVING HUSBAND. DEVOTED FATHER. RUTHLESS KILLER.  In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) starts working for a Gambino family-connected mobster (Ray Liotta) as a hit man, earning a reputation as “The Iceman”… but his wife (Winona Ryder) remains unaware. This directing debut tells the story of Richard Kuklinski who was convicted of a few murders … Continue reading The Iceman

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

IN HEROES WE TRUST.   Captain America and Black Widow (Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson) are sent on a mission to liberate S.H.I.E.L.D. hostages, but soon find the entire organization threatened from all sides. The filmmakers’ purpose was to fuse a 3D superhero movie with the trappings of 1970s paranoia thrillers, with Robert Redford serving as … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Thor: The Dark World

After the events of The Avengers (2012), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is brought back to Asgard in chains, but Thor (Chris Hemsworth) soon faces another formidable enemy – a dark elf looking for revenge. Helmed by a new director, this sequel to Thor (2011) nevertheless maintains the same tone, successfully blending comedy and action in imaginative, … Continue reading Thor: The Dark World

Avengers: The Smashing Six

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Sometimes it is true that good things happen to good people. Joss Whedon may have had a few misses behind him, but Hollywood knows deep inside that this is the guy who made Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse work so well. He’s also a huge fan of “The Avengers” as a … Continue reading Avengers: The Smashing Six

What’s Your Number?

ALLY’S LOOKING FOR THE BEST EX OF HER LIFE. Ally Darling (Anna Faris) writes down a list of the 19 men she’s had sex with and hires her womanizing neighbor (Chris Evans) to find out which one is husband material. Sounds ludicrous? It is. This is another example where the tagline is infinitely more clever than … Continue reading What’s Your Number?

Captain America: The First Avenger

AVENGE. In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a skinny kid who keeps getting rejected for military service, is finally recruited for a special project that will turn him into a supersoldier. A superhero intentionally created to bolster patriotism during WWII, Captain America has always been one of Marvel’s corniest creatures, which is acknowledged in humorous ways in … Continue reading Captain America: The First Avenger

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

GET THE HOT GIRL. DEFEAT HER EVIL EXES. HIT LOVE WHERE IT HURTS.  22-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) falls in love with a girl (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who has a mysterious past, but in order to date her he must defeat her seven evil exes. Director Edgar Wright knows how to maintain one’s interest and … Continue reading Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Street Kings

THEIR CITY. THEIR RULES. NO PRISONERS.  Alcoholic LA detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is part of a group of cops that tend to bend the rules; as Tom witnesses the murder of a colleague, an Internal Affairs captain (Hugh Laurie) starts watching him. Director David Ayer has experience from the rough streets of South Central, … Continue reading Street Kings