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Film Review: Near-Perfect ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Defies Common Sequel Disappointment

6 April 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If the original is anything to applaud, the sequel usually isn’t. And even more rarely is the sequel actually better.

While it’s aggressive to market “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as one of the “best superhero movies of all time” and more realistic to pitch it as “better than ‘The Avengers,’” it most certainly is 2014’s best action flick yet and it definitely defies common sequel disappointment.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

When I think back on “Captain America: The First Avenger” three years ago, I recall it being just fine. I snoozed through a bit of it, I was somewhat underwhelmed by a lot of it and I remember leaving thinking I just got more of the same Hollywood blockbuster formula.

I wasn’t surprised, blown away or boldly thrown off guard by twists and turns I couldn’t have expected. A scrawny nobody gets a high-tech government serum and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Future of Captain America

5 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Captain America has had a tough life. Steve Rogers, created over 73 years ago by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, has been put through the wringer time and time again. Sure, he made a hell of an introduction by punching Adolf Hitler in his first issue ever, but his luck soon ran out. He went to hell, fought communists for Joseph McCarthy, and, at his lowest and most desperate, worked as a History professor. As we all know, teaching history is far worse a gig than having to fight Nazi Werewolves. Now things are on the up for Captain America, at least for his public image. In 2011 he got his own movie — let’s just pretend the 1990 version never happened — and it was the top dog of Marvel’s Phase I. Now that the studio has successfully moved into Phase II, Director Joe Johnston‘s Captain America: The First Avenger has managed to remain the best of the »

- Jack Giroux

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Captain America Sequel to Pass $100 Million on Opening Weekend in the Us and Canada?

4 April 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ box office: ‘Captain America 2′ to pass $100 million on opening weekend? (photo: Chris Evans and Robert Redford in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) The Avengers effect has yet to subside. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, debuted with an estimated $10.2 million from Thursday night (April 3, 2014) screenings in North America, including $1.2 million at 344 IMAX locations. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and veteran Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to enjoy the biggest April weekend opening ever at the domestic box office, even after factoring in inflation. At 3,938 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will surely surpass the current April record-holder, Justin Lin’s Fast Five. Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, the Rio de Janeiro-set »

- Zac Gille

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Review: Is It the Best Marvel Movie Yet?

4 April 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Depending on who you ask, the latest entry in Marvel's growing cinematic universe, "Captain America: The Winter Solider," is either "one of the best Marvel movies ever" or "the best Marvel movie ever." And even though superhero sequels haven't always had the best track record with audiences and critics, when Chris Evans returns as the star-spangled super solider this week, the resulting buzz is going to be pretty hard for the average moviegoer to ignore.

So there's probably not much point in asking whether you should see "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," because judging from the gazillion dollars (estimated) "The Avengers" made, you will. As for whether or not you'll like it, consult the following guide to find out.

1. Did you like the first "Captain America?"

Actually, this doesn't really matter much, considering "The Winter Soldier" has a lot more in common with "The Avengers" than Cap's WWII-set origin story. »

- Rick Mele

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

4 April 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Directed by: Anthony & Joe Russo

Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie

Running Time: 2 hr 16 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: April 4, 2014

Plot: Former WWII soldier Steve Rogers/Captain America (Evans) bands with ex-kgb agent Black Widow (Johansson) and a former American soldier (Mackie) to stop an evil plot against our homeland’s security.

Who’S It For? Even Marvel pessimists will have fun with this one.

Overall

In record-breaking time, even for Marvel, a comic book character has had their existence (basically) rebooted. The arc may be continued from the previous film, and some of the actors may reappear, but this take on Captain America is bonafide divergent. It’s not the hollow nostalgic relic seen in his debut Captain America: The First Avenger, nor is this the goofy time alien/boy scout he was made in to be in the ensemble film The Avengers. »

- Nick Allen

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Review

3 April 2014 9:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Six years don’t seem like that long a stretch of a time, but it’s long enough to create a universe. I should clarify, I mean a cinematic universe. You see, that’s just what they’ve done at Marvel Studios. And what a wondrous place it is! And movie-goers are now able to visit there more than once a year. Hard to believe, but it was back in 2008 that the famed comic book company (lovingly named “The House of Ideas” by Stan Lee himself almost fifty years ago) decided that they should have a more active role in bringing their characters to the silver screen. Media pundits scoffed since several of their biggest properties, namely Spider-Man and the X-Men, were locked down in movie deals with Sony and Fox. But Marvel (with Paramount) initiated their big screen dreams with Iron Man, and they’ve not looked back. That »

- Jim Batts

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ a brutally efficient new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

3 April 2014 9:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo

USA, 2014

There is an almost brutal efficiency present in each of the films encompassing the now-vast Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rare is the entry in this mini-canon with a striking level of personal style or brio; though the characters depicted within these stories are allowed to have brash personalities, the worlds they occupy are presented in workmanlike fashion. For better or worse, Marvel’s movies over the last 5 years are not helmed by directors interested in offering a singular vision; as fantastical as the set-ups may be, and as visually off-kilter as the source material is, the Marvel films rely more on getting the job done, than on being flashy before successful.

Though there have been a few misfires from Marvel over time, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the pinnacle of the studio’s efficient aspirations. »

- Josh Spiegel

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22 Things We Learned From the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Commentary

3 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Captain America: The First Avenger is probably the best of Marvel’s Phase One films. I say “probably” to allow for nostalgia for Iron Man and the abundance of fun that is The Avengers, but re-watches have shown The First Avenger to be the least problematic and most affecting of the bunch. Its high entertainment value doesn’t hurt either. The sequel, The Winter Soldier, hits theaters this Friday, and according to at least one very reputable source it may just be the best Marvel film yet. We’re spending the week exploring all things Captain America so there’s no better time than now to take a listen to director Joe Johnston‘s commentary for The First Avenger. He’s joined by the film’s editor and director of photography, and together they discuss the production, the cast and crew, and the moments they love as film fans. Captain America: The First Avenger (2001) Commentator: Joe Johnston (director »

- Rob Hunter

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

2 April 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Captain America: The First Avenger wasn’t so “super” in my opinion, thanks to a goofy period atmosphere that turned Chris Evans into a schlocky cartoon instead of time-warped superhero. Patriotic montages sped past Cap’s most exciting moments, paving the way for gags, lady troubles, and Evans’ PSA-inspired performance – a Marvel blemish that Captain America: The Winter Soldier made me forget almost instantaneously. This new-and-improved, jaded, conflicted Cap replaces said old-timey performer, surpassing previous levels of intensity in mere minutes by delivering justice like any red-blooded superhuman would – with a technologically impeccable shield to the face.

The Russo brothers get dark, nasty, and gritty with their Captain America follow up, but all the carnage looks damn good on our fearless leader. Evans is given more room to impress as both charming idol and bonafide action star, characters like The Falcon are modernized with ease, and Marvel fans are given »

- Matt Donato

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Wme Signs ‘Captain America: First Avenger’ Helmer Joe Johnston

31 March 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Director Joe Johnston has signed with Wme for representation. Johnston had been in play since agents Martin Spencer and Adam Kanter left Resolution to go to Paradigm. He had been with CAA with Kanter for a long time, before the agent made the move to Resolution and Johnston went with him. This is a big get for Wme. Johnston’s hits include October Sky, Captain America: The First AvengerJurassic Park III, Jumanji and Honey I Shrunk The Kids.  He is currently developing the high-concept sci-fi thriller Extinction by Spenser Cohen with Mandeville and Good Universe. His next film, Not Safe For Work, is set at Universal. Johnston continues to be lawyered by Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Directors Talk Captain America 3, Avengers 2 + Why Marvel Beats DC!

26 March 2014 11:04 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following on from the Samuel L. Jackson interview earlier today, we get to hear from the men behind the camera, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo who Direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the interview, we get to hear where the influences came from to create this fantastic Marvel movie, how action was such an important part of how the movie was put together and what we can expect from both Captain America 3 and The Avengers 2.

Finally there’s a great section on why they believe Marvel is so far ahead of DC and whether they think DC and Warner will ever be able to catch up. It’s a fabulous interview and make sure you keep checking back over the next couple of days for more.

Please note, some of this interview this contains spoilers to Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Did you talk to Joe Johnston who »

- David Sztypuljak

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Joe & Anthony Russo interview: Captain America, Marvel

25 March 2014 4:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Interview Simon Brew 26 Mar 2014 - 06:14

We talk influences, Marvel, Statham and brotherly love with the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

There are no outright spoilers in this article, although we do talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier quite a lot, and specific influences on it.

Having dabbled in movies before, the Russo Brothers - Joe and Anthony - went on to hit big on the small screen. In particular, their legendary work on Community - packed to the gills with more movie references and in-jokes per second than hundreds of other shows - would bring them to the attention of Marvel's Kevin Feige. And, in turn, it'd be a major stepping stone to landing the Captain America 2 director's chair.

The pair spared us some time last week to talk about the film, and we picked up the story from there...

I've worked out from watching »

- sarahd

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier - What Are The Critics Saying?

20 March 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

With a mix of effective character moments, viscerally thrilling action, humor, intrigue, and surprising heart, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of Marvel Studios' strongest entries to date. This one is in fact a game changer. [9/10] Source: IGN Movies Winter Soldier hits its marks, and hits most of them strongly. If you’re a fan of the ongoing Marvel movie saga, there’s a lot to chew on. If you enjoy “which side are you on” conspiracies, the twists and turns satisfy. If you like team-up action with great chase sequences where you can put your brain in neutral and let the screen wash over you, a medium popcorn is probably required. Just make sure to engage your brain again for the ending. Source: Newsarama For whatever reason, Captain America seems to be the character that the folks at Marvel Studios are really best at translating to the big screen. »

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As Predicted Here, Resolution Agents Adam Kanter And Martin Spencer Land At Paradigm; Which Clients Will Come?

13 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

As Deadline reported last Friday, Paradigm has confirmed that agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer have joined the agency after their abrupt exits from Resolution. Word had raced last week that this was happening, as the two agents did not want to take paycuts from their low-seven-figure salaries. The two joined Jeff Berg last year shortly after he left ICM to launch Resolution, and those agents came from CAA. At Paradigm, they should feel right at home alongside former CAA cohorts Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz, Rand Holston and most recently Manny Nunez. Related: Resolution Agents Martin Spencer, Adam Kanter Exiting; Paradigm Next Stop? So now, the big question is which clients will join them in the move. Here are the ones I’m hearing are most likely to make the jump to Paradigm: Stuart Beattie, Stalingrad helmer Fedor Bondarchuk, Joe Johnston, Mark Steven Johnson, Malcolm Lee, Rob Minkoff, Evan and Shea Mirzai, »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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5 Things To Watch Before Captain America: The Winter Soldier

9 March 2014 10:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Studios

Actors prepare for roles by diving into their characters, and perhaps going a little “method”. Athletes prepare for big events by training, honing both their body and their mind (and sometimes nourishing their stomach with KFC). We geeks, meanwhile, prepare for big comic book movies by devouring every little scrap of information that comes before them, over analysing them, and getting ludicrously over-excited.

At least that’s how I’ve been with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s next blockbuster and the sequel to 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger. Following on from The Avengers, Winter Soldier sees Steve Rogers finding himself living in the present day, working as an agent of Shield under his guise of Captain America. Not only is he struggling to adapt to how different the world is from the 1930s, but he also has to face a globe-spanning mystery and a new »

- Tom Baker

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Set Visit: The Russo Brothers bring gritty action to 'Captain America 2'

6 March 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Community" and "Arrested Development" may seem like a far cry from the souped-up blockbuster action of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for the sibling directing team of Mark and Anthony Russo, there's less of a difference that you might think. The duo -- best known for directing and producing those aforementioned TV comedies -- called the shots on the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The Russos discussed the Marvel sequel on a visit to the film's L.A. set last fall, where they were directing a piece of a big action scene featuring Cap (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie).  As comic book fans themselves, getting the call from Marvel exec Kevin Feige was a dream come true. "Winter Soldier" departs from 2011's "Captain America" The First Avenger" in several significant ways, especially its darker tone, inspired by '70s political thrillers.  After directing the George Clooney indie comedy »

- Dave Lewis

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Latest Captain America 2 Character Poster Has The Winter Soldier Looking Menacing

5 March 2014 2:10 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Who is this mysterious masked man with a metal arm and one seriously dangerous gun? As it says at the top of this latest character poster from the upcoming Captain America sequel, this is The Winter Soldier, the insanely dangerous, highly skilled assassin who serves as the primary antagonist in the film's plot. What you may not know, however, is that he is a character with a very dark secret that ties him directly to the history of the titular Marvel hero. The Winter Soldier is being played by Sebastian Stan, whose name you likely recognize for playing Bucky Barnes in Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger. The last we saw his character, he was plummeting down to what we assumed was certain death after being knocked out of a moving train moving along the side of a cliff. Bucky didn't die, however, and instead was found and »

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Latest Captain America Character Poster Has The Winter Soldier Looking Menacing

5 March 2014 2:10 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Who is this mysterious masked man with a metal arm and one seriously dangerous gun? As it says at the top of this latest character poster from the upcoming Captain America sequel, this is The Winter Soldier, the insanely dangerous, highly skilled assassin who serves as the primary antagonist in the film's plot. What you may not know, however, is that he is a character with a very dark secret that ties him directly to the history of the titular Marvel hero. The Winter Soldier is being played by Sebastian Stan, whose name you likely recognize for playing Bucky Barnes in Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger. The last we saw his character, he was plummeting down to what we assumed was certain death after being knocked out of a moving train moving along the side of a cliff. Bucky didn't die, however, and instead was found and »

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Disney ‘90s Live-Action: The Good, The Best, and The Rest

23 February 2014 9:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Disney live-action films of the 1990s are often remembered for all the wrong reasons. It was the era of smart-mouthed kids, remakes of old TV shows (Inspector Gadget, George of the Jungle), The Mighty Ducks sequels, and other sports movies trying to recreate the success of The Mighty Ducks. Looking over the ‘90s, it is easy to skip over the live-action films altogether to discuss the animated features (Aladdin, The Lion King) and the rise of Pixar (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life). Skipping over these live-action films, however, means missing some important pieces in the company’s history and films that laid the groundwork for blockbusters today, both inside and out of the Walt Disney Company.

Good – The Rocketeer

Twenty years before Captain America, director Joe Johnston got the ultimate try-out for the job with the 1991 comic book adaptation The Rocketeer. Cliff, an ordinary American pilot, gets an extraordinary »

- Rachel Kolb

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Trailer for Not Safe For Work Thriller, from Captain America Director Joe Johnston

23 February 2014 1:55 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Joe Johnston, the director of "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "The Wolfman," decided to step away from big-budget films and make something smaller, a low-budget thriller called "Not Safe For Work." Today we have a trailer for the movie, giving us a look at a very tired storyline, in which an office worker is trapped inside a building where a killer is on the loose. Check out the trailer below. "Not Safe For Work" stars Max Minghella and will be released straight-to-dvd on April 15th. Trailer: »

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