Tag - Marvel

Freeze Frame: “The Marvels” (PG-13), “Journey to Bethlehem” (PG), “Quiz Lady” (R), “Albert Brooks: Defending My Life” (Not rated)

The superpowers of Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and SABER astronaut Monica Rambeau become mysteriously intertwined in the action opus "The Marvels." Brie Larson, Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris play the potent trio who are forced to work together to save the destabilized universe. "The Marvels" is silly stuff, incorporating wacky humor along...

Freeze Frame: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (PG-13), “The Boogeyman” (PG-13)

While it's long, frenzied and slings more plot webs than it can reasonably control, "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" is an impressive, visually extravagant sequel to the 2018 Oscar-winning animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Teenager Miles Morales is back as the new Spidey in a mind-bending adventure that pits our...

Freeze Frame: “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” (PG-13), “Sharper” (R), “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” (R)

"Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" is the third stand-alone Ant-Man movie featuring our size-shifting Avenger hero, played by Kansas City’s own Paul Rudd. Evangeline Lily, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michael Douglas reprise their roles from the previous “Ant-Man” entry. Ant-Man and his crew inadvertently shrink to the quantum realm only to...

Freeze Frame: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (PG-13), “My Father’s Dragon” (PG)

The highly anticipated sequel "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is a sprawling, action-packed and overlong Marvel epic, redeemed by filmmaker Ryan Coogler's vision that serves as an earnest salute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who initially played the title character. It’s also a thoughtful commentary on colonialism. Laticia Wright takes the...

Freeze Frame: “Thor: Love and Thunder” (PG-13)

When comedian Taika Waititi wrote and directed the 2017 Marvel epic "Thor: Ragnarok," he injected the Avengers series with a playful, irreverent twist, emphasizing humor as well as action. He made Thor a bit of a goof. Still heroic, but also flawed and fearful. Watiti employs that same template with...

Freeze Frame: “Morbius” (PG-13), “The Bubble” (R), “Better Nate Than Ever” (PG), “The Devil You Know” (R), “Apollo 10 1/2” (PG-13)

Like the recent "Venom" movies, the Marvel entry "Morbius" is a Spider-Man villain origin story. It's a full-blown horror flick about a brilliant doctor, played by Jared Leto, who attempts to cure his own blood disease, only to unintentionally turn himself into a super vampire. It's watchable, but the by-the-numbers execution...

Freeze Frame: “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (PG-13), “Nightmare Alley” (R), “Sing 2” (PG), “Swan Song” (R), “The King’s Man” (R), “The Lost Daughter: (R)

In “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” our hero’s identity as Peter Parker is revealed to the world. He recruits Dr. Strange to employ dangerous magic to conceal the truth, inadvertently unleashing villains from alternate universes. Involving, eye-popping and filled with welcome surprises, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is a super superhero entry.   Guillermo...

Freeze Frame: “Eternals” (PG-13), “The Harder The Fall” (R), “Finch” (PG-13)

What would an Academy Award-winning director do with a Marvel movie? “Eternals” provides the answer: More of the same. Chloé Zhao, who won the Oscar for the low-key drama “Nomadland,” mounts an impressive two-and-a-half-hour spectacle with all the over-the-top action one would expect from a Marvel opus. The problem with...