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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
While summer traditionally starts in May for most, we’d be remiss if we ignored Cap breaking tradition to kick off the season in April.
"Winter Soldier" has all the right ingredients to make for a great summer movie — it’s fun and funny, exciting and dangerous, and truly marks an evolution for Marvel Studios in terms of building a huge comic-book movie sequel on the back of a conspiracy thriller.
This impressive narrative gamble pays off big, most notably in the film’s most inventive action sequence, involving Nick Fury, a car chase and lots of guns. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo execute this scene with surgical precision, giving each beat the right amount of whatever it needs, and thus setting the standard for the rest of the action to follow. As cool as it is to see Helicarriers falling from the sky, we’ll take Fury outsmarting Hydra goons with the help of his SUV’s mini-gun any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.