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Review: Captain America: Civil War

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo.

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland.

Rating: Running Time: 147 mins.

After the events of the previous Marvel Studio movies (in particular Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the destruction of the city of Sokovia) the world has become very aware of those enhanced with super abilities and wary of the collateral damage left in the wake of such events. After a mission ends in disaster and the deaths of innocent bystanders, the United Nations agrees that independent heroes, or rather “vigilantes” should be held accountable for their actions and be forced to sign up to the Sokovian accords, a sort of registration for enhanced individuals who would then be under the command of the United Nations. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.

Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp.

Rating:   Running Time: 136 mins.

As a fan of the Marvel movies I was profoundly disappointed six months ago by Thor: The Dark World which suffered from lacklustre writing that dumbed down story and character in favour of action. I didn’t hate the movie, but it was my least favourite of all the Marvel movies made to date. I wondered if Marvel’s cinematic success may have ended and the series may have run its course, but if anything Captain America: The Winter Soldier has both restored my faith in the series and set the bar high for its future. I hate for things to be spoiled, so believe me when I say this will be spoiler free, and will only discuss in detail the opening 25 or so minutes.

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Review: Gangster Squad

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer.

Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick.

Rating:   Running Time: 113 mins.

Set in 1940’s Los Angeles, Gangster Squad follows the story of Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), who has returned home after World War II to a town run by gangsters and filled with so much corruption that he no longer recognises it. O’Mara is noticed as one of only a few honest cops in the city, and one willing to stand up to known gangsters such as Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Read the rest of this entry

Review: Man On A Ledge

Directed By: Asger Leth

Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie, Edward Burns, Genesis Rodriguez

Rating:   Running Time: 102 mins

The movie opens with a simple enough premise. Jay Walker (Avatar’s Sam Worthington) checks in to a New York hotel and is shown to his room on the 21st floor. He orders a meal and then after eating, writes down a note on a pad, opens the window and climbs out onto the ledge. We’re then shown through flashback that Jay is in fact Nick Cassidy, an ex-cop and escaped prisoner who was imprisoned for stealing a huge diamond, and who is on the run after escaping at his father’s funeral the day before. Read the rest of this entry