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Doctor Strange Directed by Scott Derrickson Opens November 4 In Thor: The Dark World, perhaps not one of the most fondly or clearly remembered movies from the interconnected Marvel Studios dynasty, the movie took a while to warm up, with rehashed palace intrigue and fitfully amusing fish-out-of-water antics reversing the trajectory of the first film (the first time, Thor was the fish; the second time, it's his human friends. Is any of this ringing a bell?). But...
X-Men: Apocalypse Directed by Bryan Singer Opens May 27 This year’s superior X-Film, Deadpool, obliged its ink-and-panel sources by humorously and directly acknowledging the audience, often at the expense of Fox’s penny-pinchers. If that film playfully embraced those offscreen, X-Men: Apocalypse awkwardly continues that gesture with subtle bitterness. Bryan Singer’s troubled X-Men franchise, now a teenager, is still preoccupied with origin, knowing well that its fanbase is loyal but insatiable. Since rebooting with allegedly sexier actors—you can...
Captain America: Civil War Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Opens May 6 So our manly men in tights have consciences after all. It's been mere months since Batman v'd Superman because of the collateral damage the Son of Krypton incurred during his city-razing smackdown with General Zod. Marvel Studios now offers a comparatively sunnier companion piece to that Goth(am)ic sturm und drang with the featherweight Captain America: Civil War, in which Chris Evans's star-shield-wielding First...
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Directed by Zack Snyder Opens March 25 Maybe it’s a verisimilitude thing. That may not be the quality you expect from a movie about a godlike alien in a battle of wills and sometimes also fists with a billionaire who dresses like a bat wearing really expensive battle armor—and for the most part, it’s not the quality you get, either. But Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice very accurately recreates the...

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