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Grade A

When the Avengers accidentally kill civilians during one of their battles in Africa, the U.N. puts limitations on the superheroes’ actions, dictating when, where and how they are to fight the enemy.   One half of the Avengers are on Team Captain America (played by Chris Evans), believing that they should not surrender their autonomy to the committees of the United Nations.  The other half of the Avengers are on Team Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.), believing that even superheroes should be held accountable, and it’s better to accept the U.N.’s rules now, rather than be forced into it at a future date when more draconian measures may be used against the Avengers.

Further complicating matters is a terrorist attack that is being blamed on The Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan).  Stan, a former spy/assassin/brainwashed, all around bad guy with superpowers, is on the run from every law enforcement group, including Downey and his group of Avengers.  Evans, best friend of Stan, will do everything in his power to find Stan first and shield him from those who would want to kill him and/or put him in prison for life.

Downey warns Evans and his group to stand down, and if Evans does not comply, Evans will be seen as a criminal and will be treated as such.  And thus, the civil war between the Avengers starts.  On this corner, we have Captain America, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, The Winter Soldier, and Ant-Man!  On that corner, we have Iron Man, War Machine, Vision, Black Widow, Black Panther and…Spider-Man!  May the best team win!

One of my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when we first meet a very young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (amazingly played by Tom Holland).  I thought Andrew Garfield was great at playing Peter Parker; but Holland kills it, playing the role so perfectly that he stole the whole show.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Captain America: Civil War” of course goes to the battle sequence between Team Evans against Team Downey.  This is absolute heaven to every reader of Marvel comic books.  It’s like eating the most indulgent dessert wrapped up in layers of more dessert, and then getting seconds and thirds!

“…Civil War” isn’t just a feast for the eyes and ears, it’s also a commentary on the legalities, complication, and ramifications of certain countries doing military ops in other countries, whether sanctioned or not.  Read between the lines and one can see a critique of America’s military actions on foreign soil.  For those who are just looking for entertainment, this third Captain America delivers, and then some.  The things we love in previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are found here: action, adventure, witty banter, strong social commentary, buff guys and gals in tight outfits, heart, soul, and first rate special effects.

— M

Grade B +

After finding the scepter of Loki, The Avengers decide to give Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo (playing Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, respectively) a few days to analyze the object.  The two Avengers’ meddling leads to the release of an artificial intelligence named Ultron who wants to destroy the planet.  With the ability to hack into mainframes, Ultron creates a robot body for himself that can match Downey’s Iron Man suit; and by stealing money from various accounts, Ultron gains the resources to create an army of robots that will help him kill all the Avengers and the entire human race.

“Avengers: Age Of Ultron” ushers in two superhuman siblings called Quicksilver and The Scarlett Witch who ally themselves with Ultron in order to get revenge against The Avengers.  Time is running out quickly for Earth’s superheroes, who have been dealt a near-crippling defeat by their new foes.  Ultron grows stronger each hour, and The Avengers must find a way to stay united if they are to have any hope of saving the planet.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” takes place during the opening battle sequence.  There is a slow-motion shot that shows all six Avengers (The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye) on screen attacking the enemy.  It is something that will never be forgotten by all Marvel Comics fans.   My compliments to director Joss Whedon.

At second place for my memorable moment of this movie is the scene when the commander of the HYDRA base that is under attack by The Avengers asks his men if the superheroes can be held back.  One soldier meekly says, “They’re The Avengers.”

One small weakness of “Age Of Ultron” is that there is too much comedy in it.  Even Ultron cracks one-liners almost every time he is onscreen.  It also doesn’t help that half of the jokes don’t really work.  Despite this flaw, this Avengers movie is highly entertaining, more so for comic book fans.  The action sequences are amazing and the pacing is mostly fast, making the 2 hour 21 minute running time of the movie feel shorter than it is.

Forget Ultron, this is the age of comic book geeks like me who are gorging on one superhero movie after another.

— M

I had my doubts about “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” before the movie even came out.  Why?  Because I watched it’s predecessor, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and found it unsatisfying.  Although the first movie had a lot of heart, and there were many things done right, too many of the combat scenes were corny, and that’s what killed it for me.  It reminded me of the 1980s “G.I. Joe” cartoons where the violence was done in such a way that you got the feeling that no character was truly hurt.  Sooooo…I was very surprised and happy to see that “…Winter Soldier” mostly got rid of the corny fight scenes and embraced the gritty, brutal nature of combat.

Also gone is the boy scout attitude of Captain America, played by Chris Evans.  The U.S. government, with the help of SHIELD, has created weapons that are supposed to fight our enemies and keep Americans safe; but Evans sees a great potential for abuse and the weapons being turned on those they were meant to protect.   As his trust in SHIELD deteriorates, Evans digs deeper and uncovers shocking secrets about SHIELD.  Evans’ discovery turns him into a fugitive, on the run from SHIELD who unleashes The Winter Soldier, a man who has the same fighting skills and powers as Evans.  Who is this Winter Soldier?  Well, that’s a surprise.

One of my memorable moments of this movie is the scene early in the first act when Evans drops into a ship that has been taken over by pirates.   Moving at a speed that is almost too fast for the human eye to catch up, Evans destroys the enemies in an almost savage way.  With some of his attacks, he clearly kills his enemies.  Other times, it is ambiguous whether he kills them or knocks them out/cripples them.  He is, after all, so powerful that he can easily break bones and rupture organs with one blow.  Whatever the fate of his enemies, the fights are more graphic than “…The First Avenger.”

Another memorable moment of “…The Winter Soldier” is the scene in the elevator where SHIELD soldiers are packed in with Evans.  Seeing signs that this is an ambush, Evans says to the large men, “Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?”  Haha!  I loved that!

My most memorable, movie moment of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has to be the sequence that shows Nick Fury (played by Samuel Jackson) being attacked by dozens of police officers using fully automatic rifles.  It was a lengthy assault that brings this movie to a higher level of intensity.

“…The Winter Soldier” is not just an action/adventure movie.  It also goes into the realm of suspense/thriller, and we can thank the writers for that.  Of course, the glue that holds all this together is the actor Chris Evans.  He is so well suited to the role of Captain America that I can’t think of anyone else who can play that superhero better than Evans can.

Be sure to watch the end credits because bonus footage is hidden there.

— M

In the near future, the threat of global warming have made our stupid leaders further alter mother nature and release a chemical into the atmosphere that would cool down the planet.  The result?  A global ice age, where virtually all life has become extinct.  Only humans and animals aboard the “Snowpiercer” survive, but at a terrible cost.

The Snowpiercer is a train that has dozens of cars, and has been constantly moving all over the frozen planet for about 17 years via tracks that circle the globe.  If the engine dies, the train stops and freezes, killing every person and animal aboard the train.  The Snowpiercer has to keep running and moving; and in order for it to keep running, sacrifices have to be made — sacrifices forced upon the lower class inhabitants of the train.

Those who are at the front of the train are the rich; those at the rear are the unwashed masses.   The front wants to keep people in their place; the rear wants change.  Change is hard to get because the rich have armed guards to quell any uprising.  But…necessity is the mother of invention, and the poor find a way to overcome the guards and overtake car after car; but each takeover becomes more difficult, with each car offering its own surprise and revelation.

Chris Evans plays the leader of the uprising.  With a beard and a heavy layer of grime on his face, he is hardly recognizable from his pretty-boy roles in “The Fantastic Four” and “Captain America.”  You will quickly forget his previous, superhero roles within minutes of watching “Snowpiercer,” as this movie is intense, very violent, and it shows humanity at its worst and best.

One of my memorable, movie moments of “Snowpiercer” is the scene when the poor open the doors to another car, and they see dozens of soldiers armed with knives, axes and spears, and dressed in what looks like S&M costumes.  The car is packed wall to wall with these henchmen of the rich.  I think I would’ve turned around and called it a day after seeing that s@#t!

Another memorable moment of this movie is the scene when Evans looks inside a large vat to see what the food the poor are given is made of.  I’ll leave it as a surprise, but let me say that it’s worse than Soylent Green!

My most memorable, movie moment of “Snowpiercer” is the scene close to the end of the movie when we are told how the balance — the ecosystem of the train — is kept in check.  There are a few surprises here, and a twist or two.  Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it, so that’s that.

Now, let’s talk about the shenanigans in this movie.  “Snowpiercer” implies that there is no exterior maintenance done to the train because it has to keep moving, and anyone who gets caught outside will freeze to death in minutes.  So…we have this train that has been travelling at high speed for about 17 years in a brutal climate, and no maintenance has been done to the outside of the train?  Get the hell out.  Yeah, yeah, it’s mentioned the Snowpiercer was invented by a genius, and it’s built for this kind of use — nope, not good enough.   I’m calling shenanigans!

Despite some big, logical flaws in “Snowpiercer,” I had a great time watching this movie; and I plan to watch it again.  I highly recommend this to fans of apocalyptic movies and those who supported the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Hey…about 2 weeks ago I saw a large bug fly around in my house.  When it landed, it turned out to be a 2 inch cockroach.  I almost screamed like a little girl at a One Direction concert.  Some creatures are too disgusting to live.  I’m talking about the cockroaches, not One Direction.

— M

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