1) CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG-13)
Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel
RUSS: Like a well-oiled and sophisticated machine manufactured by Stark Industries, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a slick and competent product, providing Marvel Comics fans with the action and eye candy they expect. Chris Evans returns as the patriotic superhero who has been thawed from his cryogenic sleep and now is making the adjustment from the 1940s to the modern world. He and his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including Black Widow, Falcon and Nick Fury, battle HYDRA, an evil organization that has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.
The solid cast also includes Robert Redford, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson. A mash-up of Hong Kong-style action, kinetic martial arts and big-budget Hollywood special effects, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” may not be great art, but it provides an entertaining early jumpstart to the summer blockbuster season.
Shawn says, "Didn't see this one coming. The first 'Captain America' was just OK but 'Winter Soldier' is the best Marvel movie ever. Better than 'The Avengers', 'Iron Man' movies and those dull 'Thor' joints. Great plot. Creative story. Terrific action. Best comic book movie since 'The Dark Knight.'"
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
2) PARTICLE FEVER (Not rated)
RUSS: “Particle Fever” is a very accessible and involving science documentary about experiments at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland and the search for the elusive Higgs boson, better known as the God Particle. Theoretical physicist Mark Levinson, shot this intriguing movie over a period of several years. Over 500 hours of footage has been whittled down to 1 hour and 39 minutes by two-time Oscar winning editor, Walter Murch.
The acclaimed Kansas City-based special effects house, MK12, is responsible for the impressive animation. “Particle Fever” affords a way for viewers to share the giddy excitement these physicists experience with their new discoveries.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK: The 18th annual Kansas City Film Fest runs April 5th through the 13th at the Alamo Drafthouse and the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. More information is available by visiting http://www.kcfilmfest.org.
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