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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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Trailer: X-Men – Days Of Future Past

Bryan Singer returns to direct the X-Men franchise, using a story from the comics that ties up the timelines of the earlier trilogy as well as the Wolverine spin-offs and First Class.

First Impressions: Though based on the comic from the X-Men series with the same name, it appears one major element that has been changed is that Wolverine is the one sent back instead of Kitty Pride. But this makes sense given the length of time involved and since Wolverine has largely been the main character whose point of view all X-Men movies have been from.

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Directed by: Marc Webb.

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary.

Rating:   Running Time: 136 mins.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) lives the typical life of a high school student. One day he gains the attention of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) after standing up for a younger kid. Later at home with his Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen), he finds an old briefcase of his fathers containing scientific documents and a picture of his father with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) at Oscorp Industries. Peter visits Connors’ lab at Oscorp Read the rest of this entry

Review: Ghost Rider – Spirit Of Vengeance

Directed By: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds, Johnny Whitworth, Violante Placido.

Rating:  Running Time: 95 mins

For any comic book fan, Ghost Rider is perhaps thought of as one of the hardest comic book characters to bring to life as flesh and blood. In Mark Steven Johnson’s 2007 adaptation of the character, Nicolas Cage plays Johnny Blaze, a crazy daredevil stuntman who makes a deal with the devil to save his terminally ill father, only he doesn’t read the small print. At night, in the presence of Evil, he becomes the Ghost Rider, a demon with no flesh on his bones that is encompased in the flames of hellfire, and is the devil’s bounty hunter. Read the rest of this entry