Avengers: Age of Ultron

It’s almost hard to believe that Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters over a year ago. The buildup to this second major Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) crossover was enormous. Soda pop cans, cereal boxes, and Target aisles were stuffed with Hulk’s fist, Thor’s hammer, and Captain America’s shield. Since then our cereal’s been covered by…

The Avengers (2012)

Congratulations everyone. We made it. We’ve plowed through 25 films and have finally reached the big one, the ultimate superhero team-up and the end of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase One. Let’s run the numbers on the State of the Universe before Joss Whedon entered the scene: Five films featuring four superheroes: Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011),…

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

After Ang Lee’s version of Marvel’s not-so-jolly green giant split critics and left modest waves in the box-office, Marvel Studios reacquired the rights to the character, put Louis Leterrier in charge and slated the movie as the second film in the nascent Marvel Cinematic Universe. With a U.S. release date coming just a month after the…

Flashforward: April’s Most Anticipated Films

April has (almost) arrived like a long overdue friend. Not only does it bring one of 2014’s most anticipated films (see #1 below), but my two week vacation has come with it, straddling the March and April border. Instead of my usual day-off routine where I pile up grandiose hopes expectations of crossing projects off my to do…

Thor: The Dark World

Moviegoers are getting smarter. Okay, maybe I’m pandering. But when people think about movies today, they want to know about what goes on behind the scenes. The big-ticket actors and actresses are only a starting point. Knowing that Natalie Portman was in Black Swan isn’t enough. Instead, when someone talks-up a movie you might hear: “Yeah…