Movie Power Rankings: Captain America conquers ‘Catching Fire’ and more

08.15.13 6 years ago

Cap is back. Marvel unveiled some new footage of the highly-anticipated sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at Disney’s D23 expo last weekend, showing early looks at cast members Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Anthonie Mackie as The Falcon. Of course, Chris Evans led the charge as the shield-throwing Avenger of the title. So far, the film appears to be a grittier take on the character, influenced more by ’70s paranoid thrillers than WWII-era adventure films. Start getting excited, Marvel fans. 

As for the rest of this week’s list…

August 15, 2013

1. “Captan America: The Winter Soldier” (Last week: Not listed)
Cap storms back into theaters April 2014.

2. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Last week: Not listed)
A new international trailer reminds audiences that they shouldn’t mess with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). 

3. “Finding Dory” (Last week: Not listed)
The Pixar sequel was also showcased at D23, where Disney announced who would be joining Ellen Degeneres and Albert Brooks in the voice cast. Keep your ears open for “Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell, along with Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as Dory’s parents. 

4. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Last week: Not listed)
Vin Diesel IS Groot. At least, we think he is

5. “Star Wars” (Last week: Not listed)
Curiously absent at D23 was any new news about the upcoming “Episode VII.” Move along.

6. “Superman vs. Batman” (Last week: No. 1)
Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor? Is it too good to be true?

7. “Her” (Last week: Not listed)
The first trailer for Spike Jonze’s new film promises another quirky, melancholy piece, this time starring Joaquin Phoenix as a lovelorn man and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of his phone/dream girl. The film will close the upcoming New York Film Festival. 

8. “Thor: The Dark World” (Last week: No. 9)
Another big centerpiece at D23 was an extended look at the Asgardian hero’s next big screen adventure. Watch the new trailer here. 

9. “Monuments Men” (Last week: Not listed)
The new trailer for the upcoming WWII drama finds George Clooney (who also directed) and pal Matt Damon on a noble mission to protect Europe’s art history. 

10. “CBGB” (Last week: Not listed)
Go back in time to ’70s NYC —  where the Ramones, Blondie and the Talking Heads ruled the scene — in the film’s new trailer. Safety pins and weird smells not included. 

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