Black Widow

Release: Friday, July 9, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Eric Pearson Directed by: Cate Shortland Starring: Scarlett Johansson; Florence Pugh; David Harbour; Rachel Weisz     ***/***** Timing is everything. This applies, painfully so, to Black Widow, a film that feels compromised in a way few Marvel movies have. In her first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Machine director CateContinue reading “Black Widow”

Extraction

Release: Friday, April 24, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Joe Russo  Directed by: Sam Hargrave  The more cynical takeaway here is that Extraction exists for no other purpose than to prove that the three — er, make it four — Marvel Cinematic Universe alums who have made it possible are capable of more hard-hitting, violent movies. The marketingContinue reading “Extraction”

The Marvelous Brie Larson — #3

Welcome back to another edition of my latest Actor Profile, The Marvelous Brie Larson, a monthly series revolving around the silver screen performances of one of my favorite actresses. If you are a newcomer to this series, the idea behind this feature is to bring attention to a specific performer and their skill sets andContinue reading “The Marvelous Brie Larson — #3”

Captain Marvel

Release: Friday, March 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: Anna Boden; Ryan Fleck; Geneva Robertson-Dworet Directed by: Anna Boden; Ryan Fleck Captain Marvel figures to be a significant piece in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting as both a standalone origins story and a precursor to Jon Favreau’s standard-setting Iron Man; ipso facto it predates the entire MCU. That’s a pretty bold decisionContinue reading “Captain Marvel”

Thor: Ragnarok

Release: Friday, November 3, 2017 →Theater Written by: Eric Pearson; Craig Kyle; Christopher L. Yost Directed by: Taika Waititi Save yourself a pat on the back for me, Marvel. The Taika Waititi experiment has paid off and now you’ve got a great big success on your hands. Thor: Ragnarok isn’t a revelation but it is a very entertainingContinue reading “Thor: Ragnarok”

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Release: Friday, July 7, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Jon Watts; Jonathan Goldstein; John Francis Daley; Christopher Ford; Chris McKenna; Erik Sommers Directed by: Jon Watts The only thing that’s slightly unconvincing about the high school experience as depicted in Jon Watts’ re-re-freakin’-re-boot is the distinct lack of oily skin and pimples. Nobody ever looks as liberated from acneContinue reading “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Release: Friday, May 5, 2017 [Theater] Written by: James Gunn Directed by: James Gunn One of the things that struck me about the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy is how obviously the returning cast carry their swagger around. It’s as if they just got done saving the entire galaxy. But has this level of cockiness really beenContinue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

Doctor Strange

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Scott Derrickson; Jon Spaihts; C. Robert Cargill  Directed by: Scott Derrickson Benedict Cumberbatch’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is far from inauspicious, but Doctor Strange falls short of being the prodigy its parents want so badly for it to be, though not for a lack of trying with shaky hands. Strangely, whatContinue reading “Doctor Strange”

Captain America: Civil War

Release: Friday, May 6, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Christopher Markus; Stephen McFeely Directed by: Anthony & Joe Russo Standing in a line of about 200 rabid fans an hour before the screening I was asked by a woman in line — a hot mom actually — if this was the line for the Avengers movie. I really wanted to tellContinue reading “Captain America: Civil War”

Guest Editorial: 5 Questions About the New Spider-Man Reboot

Guest Editorial by: James Murray If you’re a fan of superhero cinema, or really movies in general, you’ve heard the news: 2017 will bring us yet another version of Spider-Man on the big screen, after the series directed by Sam Raimi and Marc Webb ran out of steam. It’s a little bit tiresome that we’llContinue reading “Guest Editorial: 5 Questions About the New Spider-Man Reboot”