Galaxy Quest (1999): A Guilty Pleasure

Galaxy Quest Movie Poster

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub at the top of their game. Top-notch special effects. Hilarious script. Good pace.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Dean Parisot

 

Cast:

 

  • Tim Allen (as Jason Nesmith)
  • Sigourney Weaver (as Gwen DeMarco)
  • Alan Rickman (as Alexander Dane)
  • Tony Shalhoub (as Fred Kwan)
  • Sam Rockwell (as Guy Fleegman)
  • Daryl Mitchell (as Tommy Webber)
  • Enrico Colantoni (as Mathesar)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 42 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Sci-Fi

 

Stills:

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): A mini-review | حراس المجرة (2014): نقد فني مختصر

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Poster

 

 

Review | نقد فني

 

This must have been quite the big risk. Marvel Studios, who successfully launched a whole host of their iconic comic-book superheroes – Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, to name just a few – onto the silver screen over the past few years, take a substantial gamble by kicking-off a new franchise full of unknown characters, actors, and story-lines. It could have been a multi-million dollar disaster but, thankfully, their gamble has paid off wonderfully, making Guardians of the Galaxy one of 2014’s most entertaining and exuberant cinematic experiences so far.

Under the supervision of director James Gunn, a relative unknown himself with no major acclaimed film to his name, Guardians of the Galaxy is able to capture viewers’ attention from the very first frame. Bolstered by an impressive and catchy 1980s-inspired soundtrack, the film instantly gives off an air of fun and enjoyment that it miraculously manages to sustain throughout. Gunn truly does a masterful job in introducing the main characters of the film – Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) – allowing each of them enough space to connect and resonate with the audience. It is simply a fantastic effort from a director who will surely look to keep the spotlight on him in coming years.

Special effects in Guardians of the Galaxy naturally take center stage, especially since two of the film’s main characters – Rocket and Groot – are entirely computer-generated imaginations. How James Gunn’s technical team has been able to give incredible life and spirit to both of these characters remains a wonder to me, and certainly to many viewers as well. They have done a superlative job in making sure film-goers are unable to keep their eyes away from two characters who are soon to join the ranks of cinema’s most charismatic and memorable characters ever. Brilliant work all-around.

Launching a brand new franchise was always going to be a daunting task. However, director James Gunn makes it all seem too easy and passes with flying colors. He has delivered a motion picture that is not only for comic book fans, but one that any lover of cinema will surely enjoy. Guardians of the Galaxy deftly mixes drama, comedy, science-fiction, and action, resulting in a non-stop, two-hour roller-coaster ride that comes highly recommended for any film lover. An astonishing achievement, indeed.

 

بعد إطلاق استوديوهات مارفل لسلسلة أفلامها الأبطال الخارقين ‘الرجل الحديدي’، ‘ثور’، و ‘كابتن أمريكا’ – و اللاتي جميعها لاقت نجاحاً باهراً سواء من قبل النقاد او الجمهور – فإنها هنا تقوم بمخاطرة كبيرة بالفعل بإطلاق سلسلة افلام جديدة مليئة بشخصيات مغمورة يقوم بأدائها ممثلين شباب من خلال قصص غير مألوفة. كان من الممكن أن تكون هذه المغامرة كارثة فادحة تؤدي الى خسارة الاستوديو ملايين الدولارات، ولكن، لحسن الحظ، إنها كانت مغامرة محسوبة حيث أن فيلم “حراس المجرة” رائع بالفعل و يعد بلا شك من أفضل و أكثر التجارب السينمائية تسلية و متعة في 2014 حتى الآن

مخرج الفيلم جيمس غن – الذي بدوره غير معروف حيث انه لم يخرج اي فيلم سابق لاقى اهتماماً يذكر – و قد نجح من خلال فيلم “حراس المجرة” في جذب انتباه المشاهدين بشكل لافت، الأمر الذي عززته موسيقى الفيلم المستوحاة من أغاني عقد الثمانينات المؤثرة و الحيوية. استطاع الفيلم من بث جو مليء بالمرح والمتعة طوال عرضه مما يثير الإعجاب حقاً. يقدم المخرج عملاً بارعاً في تقديم الشخصيات الرئيسية في الفيلم – ‘بيتر كويل’ (كريس برات)، ‘جامورا’ (زوي سالدانا)، ‘روكيت’ (صوت برادلي كوبر)، و ‘غروت’ (صوت فين ديزل) – و قد تمكن من منح كل شخصية المساحة الكافية للتواصل مع الجمهور و التأثير فيه. جهد رائع من مخرج ننتظر منه الكثير بالتأكيد في السنوات المقبلة

المؤثرات البصرية في “حراس المجرة” تستحوذ بالطبع على الاهتمام الأكبر و هي عامل رئيسي في نجاح الفيلم، خاصة و أن اثنين من الشخصيات الرئيسية في الفيلم – ‘روكيت’ و ‘غروت’ – مصمما بالكامل بفضل أحدث تكنولوجيا المؤثرات البصرية. تمكن الفريق الفني للمخرج جيمس غن من إعطاء الحياة و الروح لكلتا الشخصيتين بطريقة مذهلة تثير الإعجاب حقاً. أتوقع انضمام ‘روكيت’ و ‘غروت’ الى مصاف الشخصيات السينمائية الخالدة ذو الكاريزما العالية

إطلاق سلسلة سينمائية جديدة و غير معروفة دائما ما تكون مهمة شاقة. ومع ذلك، فإن المخرج جيمس غن يجعل كل المصاعب و التحديات تبدو سهلة جداً و ينجح في تجاوزها جميعاً. فيلم “حراس المجرة” ليس فقط لعشاق افلام الشخصيات الخارقة، ولكنه فيلم ممتاز قادر على إمتاع كل محبي عالم السينما. هذا الفيلم المميز يمزج ببراعة الدراما والكوميديا ​​والخيال العلمي والحركة و لا تتوقف أحداثه الشيقة طوال ساعتين كاملتين. إنه إنجاز مذهل بالفعل

 

MATM Rating | تقدير مو و الأفلام

 

 

Director | المخرج

 

James Gunn / جايمس جان

 

Trailer | إعلان الفيلم

 

 

Outstanding performances | الأدوار المميزة

 

Chris Pratt (Peter Quill) / كريس برات في دور بيتر كويل

Zoe Saldana (Gamora) / زوي سالدانا في دور جامورا

Bradley Cooper (as the voice of Rocket) / برادلي كوبر كصوت روكيت

Vin Diesel (as the voice of Groot) / فين ديزل كصوت جروت

 

Runtime | مدة الفيلم

 

2 hours and 1 minute / ساعتين و دقيقة

 

Rating | تصنيف الفيلم

 

PG-13 / ليس لمن دون سن الثالثة عشر

 

Genres | نوعية الفيلم

 

Action / Adventure / Science-Fiction | حركة / مغامرة / خيال علمي

 

Stills | لقطات الفيلم

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): A mini-review

 

Synopsis:

 

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

 

Review:

 

This is quite the big risk. Marvel Studios, who successfully launched a whole host of their iconic superheroes – Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, to name just a few – over the past few years, take a substantial risk by kicking-off a new franchise full of unknown characters, stars, and story-lines. It could have been a multi-million dollar disaster but, thankfully, their gamble has paid off and easily delivered one of 2014's most entertaining and exuberant cinematic experiences so far.

Under the supervision of director James Gunn, a relative unknown with no major acclaimed film, Gaurdians of the Galaxy is able to capture viewers' attention from the very first frame. Bolstered by an impressive and catchy soundtrack, the film instantly gives off an air of fun and enjoyment. Gunn does a masterful job in introducing the main characters of the film – Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) – allowing each of them enough space to connect and resonate with the audience. A fantastic effort by a director who will surely look to keep the spotlight on him in coming years.

Special effects in Guardians of the Galaxy naturally takes center stage, especially since two of the film's main characters – Rocket Racoon and Groot – are entirely computer-generated imaginations. How James Gunn's technical team has been able to give incredible life and spirit to both of these characters remains a wonder to me. They have done a superlative job in making sure viewers are unable to keep their eyes away from two of cinema's most charismatic and fascinating characters ever. Brilliant work.

Launching a brand new franchise was always going to be a daunting task. However, director James Gunn has passed with flying colors. He has delivered a motion picture that is not only for comic book fans, but one that any lover of cinema will surely enjoy. It deftly mixes drama, comedy, science-fiction, and action, resulting in a non-stop, two-hour roller-coaster ride that comes highly recommended for any film lover. An astonishing achievement.

 

MATM Rating:

 

 

Director:

 

James Gunn

 

Trailer:

 

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Chris Pratt (Peter Quill)
  • Zoe Saldana (Gamora)
  • Bradley Cooper (as the voice of Rocket Racoon)
  • Vin Diesel (as the voice of Groot)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 1 minute

 

Rating:

 

PG-13

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Science-Fiction

 

Stills:

 

 

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014): A mini-review

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Synopsis:

 

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

 

Review:

 

The X-Men movies are usually seen as the first series of comic-book-based movies to properly introduce the general audience to the world of superheroes at the beginning of the 21st century. The first two films in particular, X-Men (2000) and X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003), laid the groundwork for all future superheroe movies that would come later, with some even bettering those two pioneering X-Men films. The latest addition to the X-Men series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, builds on that history and delivers a terrific motion picture that easily makes it the best X-Men movie to date and one of 2014's standout motion pictures.

Director Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-Men 2: X-Men United) once again demonstrates how deeply he understands these characters and knows how to showcase them in a strong and gripping manner that provides great entertainment. Working with a wonderful, smart, and witty script written by Simon Kinberg, Singer's controlled pacing throughout the film really makes the action standout whilst also giving a lot of attention towards building the diverse characters especially in major scenes such as the Quicksilver sequence, the battle at Washington D.C., and the epic final showdown. Singer also brings back the eclectic ensemble cast that has helped elevate X-Men: Days of Future Past to greatness. Returning acting talents – Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto) – in addition to the newcomers – Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), and Peter Dinklage (Dr. Bolivar Trask) – play their respective roles extremely well and seamlessly establish the emotional connection with the audience, something that many superhero movies have failed to do. All of these aspects clearly show a director at the top of his game. Simply superb work from Bryan Singer.

One of the most powerful themes I have found in the X-Men movies is how being different could make one an outsider amongst his or her society because their community is not used to something so unfamiliar. This is a very strong theme that all the X-Men films have explored but X-Men: Days of Future Past takes things a step further and gives us a profound narrative that stays with us long after the credits roll. It is not only the best X-Men movie to date, but also one of the best superhero movies ever made. It is right up there with the genre's greatest – The Dark Knight Trilogy, Spider-Man 2, and The Avengers – as it does what these classics have done so well; it surpasses the confines and limits of the superhero genre and becomes something much, much more. X-Men: Days of Future Past has that right mix that makes it a film that all movie-goers can strongly feel, experience, and respond to. An exceptional piece of cinema that needs to be seen by everyone.

 

MATM Rating:

 

 

Director:

 

Bryan Singer

 

Trailer:

 

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Hugh Jackman (as Logan / Wolverine)
  • James McAvoy (as Charles Xavier)
  • Michael Fassbender (as Erik Lehnsherr)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (as Raven / Mystique)
  • Ellen Page (as Kitty Pryde)
  • Peter Dinklage (as Dr. Bolivar Trask)
  • Evan Peters (as Peter / Quicksilver)
  • Ian McKellen (as Magneto)
  • Patrick Stewart (as Professor X)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 11 minutes

 

Rating:

 

PG-13

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Superhero

 

Stills:

 

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X-Men Days of Future James McAvoy Hugh Jackman Professor X Wolverine Michael Fassbender Eric Magneto Evan Peters Quicksilver
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Godzilla (2014): A mini-review

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Synopsis:

 

The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

 

Review:

 

Ever since Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim first premiered last year, the ‘monster movie’ sub-genre has seen quite the revival boasted by encouraging responses from critics and audiences alike. This year’s monster movie of choice, Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla remake, looks to continue that surprising run as it too succeeds in delivering a superbly entertaining action film.

After the miserable failure of the 1998 reboot, many expected this latest Godzilla remake to flop and not live up to expectations but it does so, in spades. Edwards’s direction is top notch as his camera does an admirable job in bringing the massive action set-pieces to life and in a highly realistic manner, allowing his audience to be engaged and lose themselves to his intense and adrenaline-inducing film. There are also many actors who stood out for me in Godzilla: Bryan Cranston (Joe Brody) as the deranged man who goes to incredible lengths to uncover the ‘truth’; Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa) who depicts the caring scientist looking for a deeper meaning in all the chaos that has inflicted the world; Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ford Brody) depicting Joe’s son who has long been scarred by his father’s psychotic episodes and looks to focus solely on the well-being of his young son and wife, the latter played very well by Elizabeth Olsen (Elle Brody).

Though the human characters still left some room for development, it is the special effects of the monsters that takes center stage here, and rightfully so. The visual effects team working with Edwards are able to give us viscerally-real and frightening monsters that strike the right amounts of fear and fascination with viewers; basically, the action scenes in Godzilla are nothing short of jaw-dropping. A lot of respect needs to be given to Edwards for the fact that he opts to build the tension with the audience and only revealing the monsters at the right moments, making all that wait and anticipation pay off in the best and most effective of ways. Simply put, Godzilla is a highly-entertaining summer blockbuster that is much more than just a continuous explosion of special effects. It is a really good movie.

 

MATM Rating:

 

 

Director:

 

Gareth Edwards

 

Trailer:

 

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Bryan Cranston (as Joe Brody)
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson (as Ford Brody)
  • Ken Watanabe (as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa)
  • Elizabeth Olsen (as Elle Brody)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 3 minutes

 

Rating:

 

PG-13

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Science-Fiction

 

Stills:

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014): A mini-review

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Synopsis:

 

Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

 

Review:

 

I was one of those who were quite pleasantly surprised by 2012's Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. Starring a whole new cast, most importantly with Andrew Garfield taking up the lead role from the original trilogy's Tobey Maguire, the first film of the new trilogy really did deliver a lot of entertainment, energy, and fun I did not expect. The good news is that its sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, takes all of those positive elements and establishes itself as a worthy follow-up. Once again, the chemistry and natural charm between both Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) are key factors of the film's success. There is just an electricity between the two that allows them to flourish, making their scenes shine and work convincingly well. Another stand-out performance in the film is that by Dane DeHaan, who plays the dual roles of Harry Osborn and Green Goblin. I have been a big fan of DeHaan's since his breakout role in Chronicle (2012) and find his work here to be on-par with that performance, if not better. He is easily one of Hollywood's best young talents active today.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also benefits from a more focused direction from Marc Webb who manages to juggle the three villains' storylines rather well, giving each of them enough time to deliver their backstories by pacing the film admirably well. He also manages to make this two-hour-plus motion picture fly by without letting the feeling of boredom settle within his film's viewers. There are enough action scenes here as well as comedic moments that will make everyone happy, which is a credit to Webb.

I must admit I had feared that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could have ended up being like Spider-Man 3, a film that got lost in the midst of trying to give justice to the three villains as well as Spider-Man but failed to do so. Thankfully, Webb has passed that challenge with flying colors, delivering a very good sequel in what is shaping up to be another noteworthy superhero trilogy. Needless to say, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is definitely worth a watch.

 

MATM Rating:

 

MATM Rating Three and half stars

 

Director:

 

Marc Webb

 

Trailer:

 

 

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Andrew Garfield (as Peter Parker / Spider-Man)
  • Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy)
  • Dane DeHaan (as Green Goblin / Harry Osborn)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 22 minutes

 

Rating:

 

PG-13

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Superhero

 

Stills:

 

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Logorama (2009): A Notable Short Film

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The Short Film:

 

 

Redeeming Qualities:

 

Most ingenious use of well-known brands ever. Intense action told in sixteen minutes. Creative uses of Ronald McDonald and the Pringles Man. Beautifully shot from start to finish. Keep the plot going without a hitch.

 

Directors:

 

François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, and Ludovic Houplain

 

Cast:

 

  • Bob Stephenson (as the voices of Ronald / Bibendum Mike / Bibendum Sheriff)
  • Sherman Augustus (as the voices of Bibendum Mitch)
  • Aja Evans (as the voice of Esso Girl)
  • Joel Michaely (as the voices of Big Boy / Green Giant / Mr Clean)
  • Matt Winston (as the voice of Haribo)
  • Andrew Kevin Walker (as the voice of Pringles Hot & Spicy)
  • David Fincher (as the voice of Pringles Original)
  • Gregory J. Pruss (as the voices of Chopper Pilot / Pillsbury Doughboy)
  • Josh Eichenbaum (as the voices of M&Ms)

 

Runtime:

 

16 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Animation / Action

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990): A Guilty Pleasure

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Poster

 

Synopsis:

 

A quartet of mutated humanoid turtles clash with an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Admirable if outdated use of special effects. Corny dialogue. Lovable characters. Shredder. Runtime is just right. Easy to rewatch several times.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Steve Barron

 

Cast:

 

  • Judith Hoag (as April O'Neil)
  • Elias Koteas (as Casey Jones)
  • Josh Pais (as the voice of Raphael)
  • David Forman (as Leonardo)
  • Brian Tochi (as the voice of Leonardo)
  • Leif Tilden (as Donatello)
  • Corey Feldman (as the voice of Donatello)
  • Michelan Sisti (as Michaelangelo)
  • Robbie Rist (as the voice of Michaelangelo)
  • Kevin Clash (as the voice of Splinter)
  • James Saito (as The Shredder)
  • David McCharen (as the voice of The Shredder)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 33 minutes

 

Genres:

Action / Adventure / Comedy

 

RoboCop (1987): A Guilty Pleasure

Robocop 1987 Movie Poster

 

Synopsis:

 

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Creative visual effects. Cheesy and cringe-worthy dialogue. Peter Weller as RoboCop. The soundtrack. The campy atmosphere.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every two years)

 

Director:

 

Paul Verhoeven

 

Cast:

 

  • Peter Weller (as Officer Alex J. Murphy / RoboCop)
  • Nancy Allen (as Officer Anne Lewis)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 42 minutes

 

Genres:

Action / Crime / Sci-Fi

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): A mini-review

 
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Synopsis:

 

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

 

Review:

 

I have to admit that I was not overly impressed with Captain America: The First Avenger, which premiered back in 2011. It might have had an interesting lead in Chris Evans as the titular character but I found the film to be a conventional, tired, and unsurprising affair, one I hoped not to experience again with its sequel. Gladly, not only is Captain America: The Winter Soldier a much better film, but I would already rank it amongst the best superhero films I have seen in recent years.

The characters, namely the heroic Captain America (Evans), intelligent Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), witty Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and sinister Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) are fully fleshed-out that they provide viewers with a far more engrossing movie experience than the original ever did. The story, too, is a political thriller wrapped around a superhero universe that has expanded impressively well since the instant-classic The Avengers (2012). Captain America: The Winter Soldier's narrative progresses steadily without losing a single beat and drives the plot towards an explosive, twist-filled finale that has left me smiling and nearly breathless. Directing duo, and brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo deserve a round of applause for being able to let the film flow as smoothly and briskly as it does. They not only gave their actors the required space to flourish, but also made every scene count, with plenty of well-choreographed fights and exciting action set-pieces ensuring audiences are kept gripped to the screen.

I am quite surprised by how much I ended up liking this movie but I think it has done more than enough to warrant such high praise. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is surely not to be missed by any film-goer and is already one of 2014's earliest contenders for action film of the year.

 

MATM Rating:

 

 

Directors:

 

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

 

Trailer:

 

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Chris Evans (as Steve Rogers / Captain America)
  • Scarlett Johansson (as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury)
  • Robert Redford (as Alexander Pierce)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 16 minutes

 

Rating:

 

PG-13

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Superhero

 

Stills:

 

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Captain America The Winter Soldier Still 6 Chris Evan Scarlett Johansson
Captain America The Winter Soldier Still 5 Chris Evans Samuel L Jackson
Captain America The Winter Soldier Still 4 Chris Evans Robert Redford
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