Weekend Movie Guide: The Captain Is Back To Beat Up Commies Or Something

Opening Everywhere: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Afflicted

Opening Somewhere: Under the Skin, Alan Partridge, In the Blood

FilmDrunk Suggests: You can read Vince’s review for Captain America: The Winter Soldier here, or you can read my review for In the Blood here, and then you can decide which one of us just wants to watch the world punch things. Or you can find a theater near you showing ScarJo’s alien movie and Steve Coogan’s comedy. All the while, I’ll be reading about whatever the hell Afflicted is.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 88% critics, 94% audience

Gratuitous Review Quotes:

Beneath the expensive, computer-generated busyness of this second Captain America installment is a bracing, old-style conspiracy thriller made extra-scary by new technology and the increasingly ugly trade-offs of a post-9/11 world. – David Edelstein, Vulture

There’s too much going on: the Marvel Universe stuff, the WikiLeaks-ish paranoia stuff, the video game-ish CG visual effects stuff, the epic John Woo-ish everybody-pointing-a-weapon-at-everybody-else face-off stuff. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Armchair Analysis: I am very excited to see this movie. I have been dodging spoilers left and right, and I am very happy to enter this movie as a grown adult ready to cheer on a guy who wears a silly costume. The one thing that I know from the commercials is that Cap is a vigilante this time, for some reason that I won’t know until I see it, and he must have really messed up to get the boot. Because, like, wouldn’t he just say, “Yo, did you guys see what I did when all those aliens came through the whole in the sky? I’m kind of a hero, okay?” But I’m sure they explain all that.


Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 84% critics, 73% audience

Gratuitous Review Quotes:

Runs smack into a number of generic clichés, from the back-and-forth bickering about how to deal with the situation to a lazy underlying misogyny. – Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail