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Reviews for July 22nd, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger

Directed by Joe Johnston

      In 1941, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a 98-pound man from Brooklyn, tries to join the army to fight in World War II, but he gets rejected for being too skinny. He agrees to participate in a top-secret experimental program which injects him with a serum, developed by Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) that transforms him into a muscular, powerful super soldier, a.k.a. Captain America. With the help of his friend, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and a sexy agent, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), he goes on a mission to defeat the villain Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), who’s the head of the evil Hydra organization that seeks to dominate the world. Tommy Lee Jones plays Rogers’ commander, Colonel Chester Phillips, Toby Jones shows up as a Nazi scientist, while Dominic Cooper plays an assistant who designs gidgets and gadgets including, most importantly, Captain America’s shield.

      The screenplay co-written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely starts out rather blandly, but once Steve Rogers turns into Captain America, the film picks up a lot of momentum to become thrilling, exciting, suspenseful and fun. You’ve probably seen many superhero movies this summer, so it takes a truly great one to stand out among the bunch. Captain America not only has state-of-the-art CGI effects; it also has decent performances, a little romance thrown in, and just the right amount of comic relief. Moreover, Chris Evans makes for a very charismatic, appealing superhero who’s worth rooting for. Hugo Weaving channels Christoph Waltz in his portrayal of Red Skull which makes his character a lot of fun despite his pernicious intents as a villain. Fortunately, none of the scenes with him veer toward campiness or feel over-the-top. The same can be said for the action sequences that simply deliver the exhilaration that you expect to feel while watching an action adventure. You’ll probably find yourself so captivated that you’ll look forward to the sequel for more of Captain America’s exciting adventures.

      At a running time of 2 hours, Captain America is a thrilling, exciting and enormously entertaining blockbuster that delivers plenty of exhilarating action, solid performances and the right amount of comic relief.

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Opens nationwide.
Released by Paramount Pictures.

A Little Help

Directed by Michael J. Weithorn

Please check back soon for a full review.
Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Opens at the AMC Empire 25 and Loews Village 7.
Released by Freestyle Releasing.

The Myth of the American Sleepover

Directed by David Robert Mitchell

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Number of times I checked my watch: 3
Opens at the Angelika Film Center.
Released by Sundance Selects.


Directed by Rohit Shetty.

Please check back soon for a full review.
Number of times I checked my watch: 5
Opens at the Big Cinemas Manhattan.
Released by Reliance Big Entertainment.

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