Opening in Las Vegas, May 1, 2015

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It’s all about Avengers: Age of Ultron (66) this week, as the tentpole season starts. I saw it today and a review will be forthcoming. As these things go, it’s okay, but not nearly as good as the first one. Estimates are at 187 million, a significant drop from the first one as well, but I don’t think anyone will go hungry. A. A. Dowd: “There’s so much ground to cover here—so many introductions to make, so much story to churn through, so many gargantuan set pieces to mount—that the movie never really finds room to breathe.”

Counterprogramming for those who don’t like comic book movies is Clouds of Sils Maria (79), which is getting high marks, especially for Kristen Stewart, who seems determined to put Twilight in her past. Mick LaSalle: “It’s not a combination most of us would’ve thought of, but Stewart and Binoche bring out the best in each other.”

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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