Scarlett Johansson enlivens the pleasant but unremarkable new Captain America
By Dana Stevens NEW YORK — The subtitle of Marvel's new Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes to us via the famous opening passage in Thomas Paine's Revolutionary War pamphlet "The Crisis": "These are the times that try men's souls: The summe...
A superb superhero adaptation.
Though it never once waivers from its pre-ordained status as a cog in the summer movie season machine, Joe Johnston’s Captain America proves that such a commercial entity can exhibit rich characterisations, artistry and integrity. The 70-year-old...
A fun and witty fantasy romance.
Pat Benatar was right: 'Love is a Battlefield'. In Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World the titular hero, indolent 22-year-old bassist and general avoider of commitment, genuine effort and responsibility Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), finds...
Boys' Own 2.0
The term 'boys-own adventure’ sprang from the literary exploits of the plucky colonial heroes of early 20th Century England. Their rousing travails would plunge them deep into the wilds of godless Africa or have them fight the good fight against...
A video game dressed up as a sci-fi thriller.
Push is a sci-fi adventure about an underground populated by an endless array of gifted psychics. There are Watchers (who can see snatches of the future), Pushers (who can influence others to do their bidding), Bleeders (whose high pitched scream...