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Welcome to MOVIE REVIEWS from Brusimm. Here you get the average-Joe’s perspective on a movie we’ve seen. You won’t get any fancy hub-bub about the director’s style or literary nuances. We look at movies and review them based on what they are, dramatic or popcorn fun. And we tell you if we think it was worthy of digging into our pocket book or if it’s time and money we’ll never get back!

Just in case you missed the title, this is a mostly spoiler-filled conversation about Captain America: Civil War. I will leave some things out just to tease or whet your appetite. The opening paragraphs are safe.

So we’ve had time to digest the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering, Captain America: Civil War. Unlike the last Avengers movie, this one had the humor toned down while delivering adult situations. The direction Russo brothers did a great job this time around and I’m not afraid that Joss Whedon is out of the picture.

Civil War literally felt like it could be the next Avengers movie or the fourth Iron Man film. Easily. Most of the gang is all here and they are all featured equally.  But no, this is Cap’s third film. A film that showcases his character so much better than the previous two films. It shows us who exactly the man, Steve Rogers is. Not to mention a fine role that helped propel Chris Evans into the spotlight beyond the quirky stupid Johnny Storm from those Fantastic Four films.

As is the case, in Civil War, events occur that split the team down the middle in opinion.  To be honest, it’s a pretty tough call whose side to pick. I think.  But this film plays into the comic book fan’s pipe-dream to see how our heroes would stack up if they had to go head-to-head against each other.  Heck I remember when I played Dungeons and Dragons, I would clone the characters and have them face off with their (evil?) doppelgangers. We are always curious.

Any way…

In the film something happens that ignites the world’s opinion in wanting to be able to control The Avengers so they don’t just decide, willy nilly, where to go and who to beat down. They leave too much collateral damage in their wake.

Some of the Avengers think it is a good idea, plus, inevitable, considering their track record. Others think they need the freedom to go where they feel they are needed.

“If I see something happening, I can’t stand idly by.”  Or something like that in this paraphrased quote of Steve Rogers.

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To be honest this is a tough one to call. Stank, I mean Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) (You will get that reference if you saw the movie) thinks they need oversight and tries to get ahead of the curve by signing on so that he can help formulate the rules that will govern the Avengers more to their liking as time goes on.

But Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) cannot go along with it. He almost does but every time he considers it, something pops making this agreement look more like big brother than a mature assembly of overseers for the group.

Personally, I see wanting to sign up and getting on board to get ahead of the game, but to be honest, how would things be any different when the Earth is threatened by other evil forces? Wouldn’t this controlling committee go ahead and send the Avengers in any way?

And even if this oversight committee is there, one quote in the film questions that if the Avengers are in such total control of their group, do they even know where Thor or The Hulk are right now?

Oooh, good question. But then again, who would be able to tell either of these what to do, if they are needed?

And then there’s the threat that Steve Rogers is trying to head off, but because Tony and his lemmings are so intent on playing along with this superhero accord that they completely ignore the fact that there are five more “Winter Soldiers” out there that Rogers and his troupe are going after. Plus knowing there were five more Winter Soldiers out there truly upped the ante at first.

Come on, seriously?

Any way, as a comics reader, I loved loved loved Iron Man and did not care at all about Captain America. But these films have made Captain America more than what he was in the pages of the past, making him a true hero. Rogers is someone I am starting to like more than I do Tony Stark.  But read on and I’ll explain that in a bit.

Here’s a bonus bit… I like how ABCs Agents of SHIELD had a connective story piece that tied it to the movie.

I also love how they’ve taken several characters who had raw talent in spandex and updated them for the movies with armor of one kind or another. It’s been done tastefully so as to not overshadow the change itself from the original spandex-wearing characters in the comics.

So here’s what I felt about each character and a few moments that popped up, alluding to other things I saw.  Ready? MAJOR SPOILERS coming at you.

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Avengers Age of Ultron by James Spader


Avengers: Age of Ultron brings more of the fantastic group dynamics and well balanced action and story that Joss Whedon is known for, and this film will for sure set some records for sure.

It is WELL WORTH the bucks to spend a few hours escaping life, kicking back in a movie theater and enjoying this extremely entertaining popcorn ride!

All the ‘first’ Marvel movies that bring to life our favorite characters for the first time in a movie, or origin pieces, bring a certain amount of wonderment to our lives as we watch on the silver what, for years, we’ve had only our imaginations to enjoy off the pages of a comic book.

So those first moments or movies touch a certain level of awesome.

Hence when we see a sequel like Avengers: Age of Ultron, some of that shiny, new charm won’t be there. But that’s OK because there are all kinds of character back stories that weren’t covered in the first Avengers movie… I mean, they were kind of busy fighting off an alien invasion and all.

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NOW YOU SEE ME, An Energetic Piece of Fun

March 17, 2015

I finally got around to watching Now You See Me, and to be honest, it was much more entertaining to watch than I had anticipated. Now You See Me is directed by Louis Leterrier, who directed The Transporter films, Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk and other fun actioner films. The production team included […]

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THE PURGE: ANARCHY Review (It Isn’t Horrible!)

March 16, 2015

If you saw the first movie in this series, titled The Purge, then you pretty much know what you are in for with this sequel, The Purge: Anarchy. For those of you who have not, the story takes place in a world where once a year all criminal activity is allowed to take place with […]

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PRIVATE PARTS, A Perspective & Review From A Fan

March 16, 2015

Watching Private Parts, the film about Howard Stern’s early days is quite the hoot. It stars, of course, Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, Gary Dell’Abate, Jackie Martling playing themselves, along with acting talent provided by Mary McCormack, Paul Giamatti, Carol Alt, Kelly Bishop, Allison Janney, Amber Smith and others. This may sound crazy, but […]

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TRANSCENDENCE with Johnny Depp – Review

March 2, 2015

I finally pulled up Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman and Clifton Collins Jr.. (Yes, klooking at the cast you can say Pirates meets Iron Man 3, meets Dark Knight, meets Riddick, meets Pacific Rim!) The movie’s tone starts out dark or slow paced as we […]

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DERAILED (2005) Review

January 25, 2015

Derailed is a fascinating movie riddled with classic plot points and yet we get a series of twists with a proper ending.

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January 17, 2015

American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and he does one hell of a job in this role. In the film we learn about the man from his boyhood, through the years of his career as a Navy SEAL sniper and his time afterward, as a family man, and all the […]

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January 9, 2015

The other day/week I was tooling around on Netflix or Amazon Prime or one of those services and decided to sample some animated hero action. I’ve seen some critics take their animated reviews pretty seriously and make it look good. So I thought I’d watch a few cartoons and give you my take on them. […]

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Review of ESCAPE PLAN With Stallone & Schwarzenegger

January 3, 2015

When I tuned into the 2013 movie, Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger, I never thought I’d come away from it saying, “Wow, that was a good movie!” But I did. – Escape Plan is about a man named Ray Breslin (Stallone) who makes a living out of breaking out of prisons and […]

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Charlie Hunnam in THE LEDGE, a Review

January 3, 2015

If you’re a Charlie Hunnam fan, I think you may enjoy this new character from Charlie aside from his Jax or Jaeger pilot characters. – I just caught the Charlie Hunnam starrer, The Ledge (2011) on the Sundance Channel. It’s written and directed by Matthew Chapman (Runaway Jury, Color of Night), and also stars Terrence […]

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POMPEII Review, When Titanic Meets Gladiator

January 1, 2015

Pompeii has quite the cast helmed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who brought us the vehicle for his wife’s career, Milla Jovovich, in the Resident Evil movie franchise. The film story description reads “A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. […]

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December 30, 2014

The Monuments Men is about “An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.” It is directed and written by George Clooney. Clooney is also in the cast and with him stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, […]

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ABOUT TIME (2013) Movie Review

December 12, 2014

The official movie summary for About Time says,”At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.” But […]

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December 3, 2014

I, Frankenstein hits every level of the entertainment spectrum from delivering canned, boring, and predictable events that can still be perceived as popcorn fun, if you don’t care about the nuances of a story wasted away with a boring delivery. I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart as one of the best looking, near male-model Frankenstein monster […]

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November 26, 2014

The 2013 movie, Delivery Man, stars Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) and is directed by Ken Scott (Starbuck, The Grand Seduction). The movie is about a spectacular underachiever, who in his hay day, made anonymous donations to a fertility clinic for the bucks. But what he didn’t know […]

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47 RONIN Review

November 21, 2014

I finally caught 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada (Helix, Extant), in a story where “a band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.” This is an adaptation of of the legend of the 47 Ronin, and this is director’s […]

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November 12, 2014

I finally got around to watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring (and directed by) Ben Stiller. It not only was not what I expected, but it only lightly stayed on course with the source material, making this a delightfully fun film that the entire family could watch. The story starts out watching Walter […]

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