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1) AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (PG-13)
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.
Too many characters. Too many storylines. Not enough soul. It’s almost impossible that nothing compelling really ever happens.
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.
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)
“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.
Talk about a fantastic coming of age story. The vibe is charming and the movie is loaded with soul. There is a real connectivity.
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.
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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