Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony and Joe Russo – 2014) A-

It’s really amazing what Marvel has managed to do. We have what is basically a long running series with interconnected stories that are at the same time independent. Some  of those were not great films other were pretty damn good. Here we have another good one. Captain America, played by Chris Evans, manages to be earnest and a genuinely good guy without coming off too cheesy or corny. He is really a fish out of water both in terms of time and his moral values. The movie has some good supporting characters as well like Scarlett Johanssen’s Black Widow and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. We also get some more Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury and he has a fantastic car chase fight scene that is like nothing we’ve seen him do before. The movie tackles some interesting topics like government surveillance and has some very high stakes and conclusions that made me wonder what the future Marvel/Avengers movies will be like. The action sequences are spectacular and lots of fun even though the aforementioned Winter Soldier is not very compelling as a character. Another thing Marvel is good at: making sure we stay in our seats happily until the credits are done to get our teaser fix.

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