Movie still from Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War Sets Up the Game for Marvel’s Phase III

“Choose a side” was the marketing message for Captain America: Civil War. It’s Team Cap vs. Team Iron Man. But after years of watching these characters grow and work side-by-side, it’s impossible to choose a side. I like all of them. I want good things for them. And even though I’ve secretly wondered who could kick the crap out of whom among the team, I’ve never wanted them to hurt or kill one another. It’s what makes Civil War so good. Continue reading “Captain America: Civil War Sets Up the Game for Marvel’s Phase III”

Neeli Sethi as Mowgli and Bill Murray as Baloo in 2016 The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book Is a Gorgeous Must-See

The Jungle Book (1967) is easily one of my favorite animated Disney films. A young boy grows up and has adventures with animal friends to a soundtrack that includes jazzy songs like “I Wanna Be Like You” and “The Bare Necessities”? Yeah, I’m so there. Not to mention, it dodged British imperialism and the homicidal elephant ending from Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 story, so that was nice (though it did still have issues with racial stereotypes). Fortunately, the live-action version keeps the spirit of the 1967 animated classic alive. Continue reading “The Jungle Book Is a Gorgeous Must-See”

Avengers: Age of Ultron Is a Spectacular Follow-Up to The Avengers

After Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), goes rogue, the Avengers are called in to stop him from wiping out the human race with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who have unique powers of their own. Continue reading “Avengers: Age of Ultron Is a Spectacular Follow-Up to The Avengers”

Captain America 2

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Absolutely Nails It

Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans), becomes a fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D, the very government organization he works for, after Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is suddenly killed by a mysterious assassin known as The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). As Cap works with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and newcomer Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to uncover the truth about Fury’s murder, he learns that not all is as it seems with S.H.I.E.L.D. Continue reading “Captain America: The Winter Soldier Absolutely Nails It”