Opening in Las Vegas, May 6, 2016

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Summer movie season starts with a bang with Captain America: Civil War (75), which for months has been getting good buzz, with a lot calling it the best of the Marvel movies. It may well be, but a comic book movie is still a comic book movie. It’s chock full of stars, but no Hulk or Thor, but does add the Black Panther and includes Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe. Should set a record for a Marvel film’s opening. Matt Soller Seitz: “The bad news is, there are about ten movies going on in Captain America: Civil War, which is at least seven too many. The good news is, most of them are fun, and there are enough rousing moments to elevate the movie to Marvel’s top tier.”

The only other new film taking on Cap this week here in the Valley is Sing Street (78), another music-based film from John Carney (Once, Begin Again), set in Dublin. A lot of comparisons to The Commitments, which is high praise. Walter Addiego: “The director’s skill pushes what could have been the same old song into a likable testament to the saving powers of young love and rock ’n’ roll.”

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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