Strong performances, action, ’90s nostalgia outweigh ‘Captain Marvel’s’ head-scratching mythology (Movie review)

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t’s been a cliché for more than four decades now that spectacle can’t overcome a bad screenplay, but it’s still remarkable how many films can nail everything except communicating to a viewer what the heck is going on. With “Captain Marvel,” the fun and technically amazing 21st Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, I can’t discount that I may have spaced out on important details, but I do suspect I was spending too much time trying to figure out the nature of Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) superpowers rather than kicking back for the ride.

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‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ ‘Cedar Rapids,’ ‘Hobo with a Shotgun,’ ‘Hall Pass,’ ‘Skateland’ (Movie reviews)

With a few days off from work and a couple weeks to go before the fall TV season, I took the opportunity to rent some movies that I’d wanted to see for a while that didn’t play at my local theater or that I’d missed. First up are two movies that retroactively make my top 10 of 2010, and then four films from this year, at least a couple of which will vie for top-10 status.

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