REVIEW: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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captain-america-the-winter-soldier-poster-chris-evans-helmetNot being a Captain America fan I was pretty surprised when I enjoyed ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ so much. Up until this point it was my favorite Marvel movie, everything about it was pretty much perfect. Now a few years later we get the sequel, Captain America is still trying to get used to living in the future then this Winter Soldier starts attacking. Shit goes south for Captain pretty quickly and he’s a fugitive from SHIELD before he knows it. On top of that secrets about SHIELD are being discovered that makes it seem like this might not be the great organization that they all thought. It breaks down to a small group of SHIELD agents against the rest of the organization in a pretty big rumble. The movie is just fucking fantastic. This is now the best movie that Marvel has made. I cannot highly recommend this one enough. If you like comics, if you don’t, if you like Captain America, if you don’t, I think anyone can enjoy the hell out of this one.

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REVIEW: JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

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24131You may have missed this one coming out, but that’s becuase this direct to video movie was a Target exclusive. There are a few things that I’m not crazy about here, first and foremost is the designs. Some of them are alright (Batman, Bizarro, Solomon Grundy) but for the most part the designs seem to be heavily anime influenced and I for one don’t care for it. Also I’d say that it could be longer (it’s under an hour) but they do well with what they have, the story doesn’t seem rushed at all and really I don’t feel like it should have been longer. The plot itself is pretty great. The Legion of Doom (oh yeah they’re back from the Superfriends universe, complete with the swamp hideout) have a plan to freeze the world’s water. While battling with the JLA the villains plan is thwarted and Lex is frozen until a thousand years in the future. From there Lex gets a device that allows him to travel through time and he sets on a plan to rid the world of Superman and the Justice League. Overall this is a pretty great little movie. One of the better ones involving the Justice League for sure. Any DC fan will enjoy this one.

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REVIEW: Justice League: War

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Justice_League-WarI believe this is the newest comic storyline that DC has adapted into an animated feature. It takes the Justice League: Origin story from the New 52 reboot and basically adapts it. Personally I didn’t really care for the comic, though I’m not a big Justice League fan in general. There’s also been some changes to the DC animated cast, overall the changes are pretty decent except I don’t really care for the new Batman or Superman, and Shazam is pretty annoying, but what’s new there? It’s basically the origin story of the Justice League and a few of its members coupled with an invasion of Earth by Darkseid. All in all it’s pretty decent. I’m not crazy about much of this but somehow it all comes together to be alright. Green Lantern helps out with that a lot.

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REVIEW: Kick-Ass 2

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kick-ass-2-posterThe first Kick-Ass took a comic that wasn’t very good and made an amazing movie. It was very successful so they decided to make another movie, for that they had to first crank out a second comic. The comic Kick-Ass 2, much like the first, wasn’t very good. Though I think I enjoyed it more than the first it still wasn’t great. Sadly they didn’t capture the same magic with the second movie that they did with the first. Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a horrible movie but it’s not good for sure. The whole movie just kind of lays there on screen. Red Mist becomes a super villain, Kick-Ass and Hit Girl with the help of a bunch of other super heroes have to stop him, and Red Mist (now named Motherfucker) has gotten his own group of super villains together. It builds to a giant showdown between the two groups…at least it should, the building in the movie is pretty lackluster. Everyone from the original cast is back. Directing this time is Jeff Wadlow, I’m not sure if I should blame the failure on him or not but he’s a prime suspect at this point. I can’t quite put my finger on what didn’t work for this movie but something didn’t that’s for sure. If you’re going to see Kick-Ass 2 I’d say wait and see it for free, but really you don’t even need to see it. Even if, like me, you liked the first one a lot.

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REVIEW: Red 2

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Red 2Sometimes you go into a movie expecting it to not be good and you’re wrong. Sometimes the sequel to a movie is better than the first time. Sometimes you see Red 2. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren are back with the sequel to the decent but not all that great movie Red. This time they’ve added Anthony Hopkins, Neal McDonough and Byung-hun Lee as well. Basically we’ve got Frank is retired and Sarah is getting bored with a normal life. Marvin finds out that they’re in trouble and they all get pulled back into a mission, or really a fight for their lives. The cast is of course great, but the real thing that surprised me was how good the movie is too. Frank, Marvin and Sarah have been labeled nuclear terrorists and basically most of the world’s governments are trying to kill them. At the same time they’re trying to not get killed and save millions of lives. The movie is fun, it’s funny and its good some good (and ridiculous) action scenes. Basically this movie is everything I wanted the first one to be. Comic fan or not, if you’re looking for a fun action movie with some laughs Red 2 is one you should check out.

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REVIEW: R.I.P.D.

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ripd-posterWell there’s good news and bad news with R.I.P.D. First the good news, it’s not the Men in Black rip-off that the trailer makes it out to be, however the bad news is the movie also isn’t any better than the trailer makes it out to be. I will say this is a rare instance where I have not read the comic that the movie is made from so I’m sure there are some things I’m missing. Robert Schwentke directed this, the only thing that I’ve seen that he directed was the underwhelming Red, so it’s not too shocking that this movie turned out the way it did. We’ve also got Ryan Reynolds in yet another comic book movie; seriously this guy has been in more comic movies than non-ones at this point I think. Luckily though we’ve also got Jeff Bridges, the shining light of this movie. Jeff Bridges is pretty great in R.I.P.D.; if the movie had just been him doing what he does it’d have been great. Kevin Bacon was also an unexpected surprise. Basically Nick (Ryan Reynolds) dies, he’s a cop, he gets recruited to the R.I.P.D. to hunt down dead people that are still on earth. There he and his partner Roy (Jeff Bridges) uncover some world ending plot and have to stop it blah blah blah. I’m not sure if I’ll say just avoid this movie because Jeff Bridges is damn entertaining, but be aware that he’s pretty much the only good thing in here, if you’re going to watch it, do it for free.

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REVIEW: The Wolverine

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the-wolverine-posterWell they went back and tried another Wolverine movie. I mean why not, there’s no way it could be worse than the first one, and they’ve have to really work to make it worse than the X-Men movies. They got James Mangold to direct and Hugh Jackman is of course Wolverine again, so there are some good things. Wolverine saves a man during the war, many years later the man is looking for Wolverine to thank him and ask for his help. During all of this his granddaughter, Mariko finds herself in grave danger, the type where a bunch of people are trying to kill you. Wolverine of course ends up saving her life countless times and tries to protect her. Oh yeah and they take away Wolverine’s healing factor almost immediately, because who wants to see a comic character they like have all his powers, right? Speaking of things that you like about comics that get ruined in movies, Silver Samurai is in this….as basically an Iron Man suit. Overall the script is just muddled trash; it’s a giant problem for the movie. This movie also seemed to be begging to be rated R but it was PG-13 so you got tons of off screen violence which really just became annoying. Overall I guess this was about as terrible as I expected. It’s clearly not as bad as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it’s not as good as X-Men First Class (which I also did not like). It’s muddled somewhere in with the first three shitty X-Men movies. If you’ve seen the trailer I assume you already know this movie is to be avoided, but if you find yourself trying to believe in something to give you false hope, just let it go. Use that $11 for something better, like setting it on fire.

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