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'Iron Man 3': Tony Stark As Home-Brew Hero.

Director and co-writer Shane Black kicks Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., out of his comfort zone — a choice that has Stark functioning as a lone gumshoe, thinking like a garage mechanic and, when necessary, straight-up MacGyvering a fix.


'The Avengers': A Marvel-Ous Whedonesque Ride

In Joss Whedon's The Avengers, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America unite in what, on the basis of advance ticket sales, promises to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. Critic David Edelstein says the movie's a blast -- and one that will let fanboys geek thoroughly out.


'Captain America': Nostalgic Fun, With Muscles.

The latest Marvel Comics superhero movie stars Chris Evans as the 98-pound weakling who transforms into Captain America. Critic David Edelstein says the film "has an easy, classical pace and a lot of good, old-fashioned craftsmanship."


'Green Hornet', 'Dilemma' Prove Bromance Is Dead.

Both The Green Hornet and The Dilemma open this weekend. The two big-budget male buddy pictures -- one starring Seth Rogen; the other Kevin James and Vince Vaughn -- illustrate that the juvenile "bromance" genre is just getting old.


'Iron Man 2' Is So Money (And Totally Knows It)

Critic David Edelstein says the effects-mad blockbuster is a smart piece of work. The sequel to the first Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr. as a billionaire superhero who must simultaneously do battle with his enemies and with Congress.


'Spider-Man': It's a Parable, Which is Kind of a Pain

Think of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 as a kind of Ben-Hur for our time — it delivers state-of-the-art spectacle, but it also yearns to throw a spotlight on the struggle between good and evil. It ends in deathbed conversions and churchy epiphanies, and it offers more homilies than the average Sunday sermon.

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