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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford

Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is the least interesting Marvel superhero. His costume is lame; the guy is vanilla. No sprinkles, no chocolate syrup, none of the gooeyness that would make him more interesting. But then they decided to sauce him up a notch with a bit of international espionage. OK. All right. Now you have our attention.

The always bombastic Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury, head of the peacekeeping org S.H.I.E.L.D.;  Anthony Mackie is Falcon, an ex-paratrooper specially trained in aerial combat; Scarlett Johansson is Black Widow, a highly efficient assassin; and together they aid Captain America in battling a weapon of destruction known as the Winter Soldier. –p.d. lee