Is “The Avengers 2” super? “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” alive? Home Video Popcorn Bag reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo —

 

1) AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (PG-13)

Walt Disney

 

RUSS

That ‘wooshing’ sound you hear isn’t from superheroes speeding skyward, it’s the sound of money being sucked into Disney’s coffers for “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The dysfunctional band of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is back for more of the destructive adventure we’ve come to expect.

 

SHAWN

Too many characters. Too many storylines. Not enough soul. It’s almost impossible that nothing compelling really ever happens.

 

RUSS

The movie is too long and too loud and the story too convoluted, but it delivers the breathless action, cheeky humor and spectacular eye candy fans demand. While inferior to the first installment, “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a modestly entertaining time-waster.

 

SHAWN

No, it’s just a time waster.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

2) ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (PG-13)

Fox Searchlight

 

RUSS

“Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” was the big winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Thomas Mann plays a teenager whose mom forces him to befriend a young girl suffering from leukemia, played by Olivia Cook. He and his pal Earl, played by R. J. Cyler, wind up making an amateur movie for her.

 

SHAWN

Talk about a fantastic coming of age story. The vibe is charming and the movie is loaded with soul. There is a real connectivity.

 

RUSS

This beautifully acted coming-of-age flick may be a little too self-consciously quirky and a bit morose, but it’s also smart, funny and unusually moving.
SHAWN

It mostly works because it has an innocence that can’t be denied and a cast so adorably cool you can’t help but root for them.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

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