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OUTTA THE WAY, IT’S ‘CAPT. AMERICA’

                     

For Hicksflicks.com, April 4, 2014

Well, actually, it's "Captain America 2," better known as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (PG-13), which has caused all the other studios to put new titles on hold for a week, anticipating that people won't be going to anything else.

Chris Evans is back as the Marvel superhero that has been in his own movie, "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011), as well as squabbling with Iron Man in "The Avengers" (2012) and popping up for that amusing cameo in "Thor: The Dark World" (2013).

This role seems to have become Evans' full-time job.

               

But he's got a lot of help from big-name supporting players, led by Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow), the superhero she has played in "Iron Man 2" (2010) and "The Avengers" (isn't it about time this character had her own movie?); Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, which he's been playing in support or cameos in no less than seven Marvel films (isn't it about time this character had his own movie?) — and … wait for it … Robert Redford. Would I lie to you?

No other major movies are opening but the art houses are undaunted by super competition. The counter-programming at the Tower is "Enemy" (R), with Jake Gyllenhaal as a man stalking his doppelganger after spotting him in a movie; while the Broadway has brought in "The Lunchbox" (PG, in Hindi with English subtitles), about a young housewife and an older man exchanging notes in delivery-service lunchboxes; "Ernest and Celestine" (PG, dubbed in English), a French animated feature about a friendship between a bear and a mouse (the voice cast features Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, Megan Mullally, etc.); and Lars von Trier's notorious unrated "Nymphomaniac, Volume 1," a hard-core sex film about the title character revealing her past to a man who rescues her.