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Avengers: Age of Ultron

by Alan Rapp on May 1, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • IMDb: link

Avengers: Age of UltronDespite the build-up to an Infinity War Avengers film, Marvel Studio threw everyone for a loop when they announced fascist robot Ultron (James Spader) would be the villain of The Avengers sequel. Unlike 2012’s The Avengers which was the culmination and payoff for the entirety of Marvel’s Phase One films (everything from Iron Man to Captain America: The First Avenger), Avengers: Age of Ultron suffers from some of the same problems that weighed down Iron Man 2.

Not only does the film have to introduce a brand-new villain (something The Avengers didn’t have to spend time on) and three new supporting characters (with vastly different origins than their comic counterparts), and weave in ongoing events from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. while providing separate in-depth character moments for every single Avenger, Age of Ultron also has to lay the groundwork for the next two Avengers films, Captain America: Civil War, and Thor: Ragnarok. While also throwing in supporting characters from pretty much every Marvel film so far it’s something of a marvel, if you’ll forgive the pun, that Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t buckle under its own considerable weight.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

by Alan Rapp on September 10, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • IMDb: link

Captain America: The Winter SoldierSeeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the theaters my initial reaction was that the Captain America: The First Avenger sequel was an improvement over the first film and one of Marvel Studio’s best efforts. I’m happy to say the movie holds up on Blu-ray. I actually enjoyed it a little more the second time around.

The wide sweeping conspiracy of Hyrda begins sweeping changes in the overall Marvel Universe, immediately effecting Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (leading to the TV show’s strongest episodes), but more than that The Winter Soldier is a good Captain America story full of strong performances (making great use of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow) along with plenty of intrigue and action. Sure the movie wastes Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and the final battle feels a bit too much like a video game with infiltrating and swapping out the chips in hovercrafts of death, but those don’t detract from a strong storyline filled with plenty of comic book goodness. For more on the movie read my original review.

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The Top Ten Movies of 2014 (so far)

by Alan Rapp on July 4, 2014

in Top Tens & Lists

The Top Ten Movies of 2014 (so far)

We’ve hit the halfway point of the year and, as has become the custom, that means it’s time to look back on the best movies of the year so far. This year’s list includes three animated films, two sequels, the return of a beloved television character, a latest (and in one case the last) from few big name directors, and a pair of small indie films topping the list of what has been a pretty damn good first-half of the year at the movies.

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Captain America and Steve Rogers Sixth Scale Figures

You can grab the set of both Captain America and Steve Rogers Sixth Scale Figures for the low, low combined price of $340.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

by Alan Rapp on April 4, 2014

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • IMDB: link

Captain America: The Winter SoldierPicking up some time after the events of The Avengers, Captain America (Chris Evans) has grown more accustomed to the current world while going to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite being well-suited for his new role, Steve Rogers has become increasingly uncomfortable with cleaning-up Nick Fury‘s (Samuel L. Jackson) messes including working alongside the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in the film’s opening action sequence involving the hijacking of a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel by Algerian pirates.

Returning home with a few choice words for Fury, and contemplating leaving government service all together while hanging out with his new friend Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Captain America finds himself in the middle of the action, and a vast conspiracy, following a brazen attack on Nick Fury in broad daylight on the streets of New York and the discovery that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by HYDRA. Not knowing who to trust, and with the help of only Black Widow and the Falcon, he’ll also have to deal with a mysterious assassin known only as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on February 2, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • IMDB: link

We now have a new full-length trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier starring Chris EvansScarlett JohanssonAnthony MackieRobert RedfordEmily VanCampCobie SmuldersHayley Atwell, and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier. The sequel opens in theaters on April 4th. You can find the new character movie posters inside.

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Captain America Avengers Now ARTFX+ Statue

Kotobukiya’s 7.5 Marvel Comics Captain America Avengers Now ARTFX+ Statue is available for pre-order for the low, low price of $50.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on October 25, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • IMDB: link

We now have our first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier starring Chris EvansScarlett JohanssonAnthony MackieRobert RedfordEmily VanCampSebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier. The sequel opens in theaters on April 4th. You can find the first two movie posters inside.

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Star Spangled Captain America Sixth Scale Figure

Created as ane exclusive for the 2013 by Toy Fair Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles, the Captain America “Star Spangled Man” Limited Edition Sixth Scale Collectible Figure includes a detailed likeness to Chris Evans and the war bonds costume from Captain America: The First Avenger, more than 30 points of articulation, swappable hands, machine gun, pistol, shield, uniform, pouches, straps, belt, holster, shovel, figure stand and nameplate, and notes which can be fixed to the back of the shield. You can pre-order the figure from Sideshow for the low, low price of $215.

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on April 8, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel Studios has released the first promotional pic for next Spring’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Although we’re only shown the back of Captain America (Chris Evans) in heavy shadow, it does appear the costume will be closer to the one that appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger than the one Evans wore in The Avengers. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters on April 4, 2014.

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