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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