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The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel

(M) Limited re­lease from Thurs­day

Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier

uel L. Jack­son) is mys­te­ri­ously at­tacked (by dozens of uni­formed po­lice) but is able to ad­vise Rogers not to trust any­one be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing from the scene.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s in­ter­nal con­flict stems from sec­re­tary Alexan­der Pierce (Robert Red­ford in a com­mand­ing per­for­mance) and his plan to in­sti­gate the con­tro­ver­sial Project In­sight, which in­volves three heav­ily armed satel­lites that will “neu­tralise a lot of threats” around the world. Mean­while, Rogers is be­friend­ing Sam Wil­son (Anthony Mackie), aka The Fal­con, and be­ing stalked by a masked as­sas­sin known as the Win­ter Sol­dier. Add to the mix Scar­lett Jo­hans­son as Natasha, a for­mi­da­ble Rus­sian, and you have all the usual el­e­ments in play. The fans won’t be dis­ap­pointed by the lav­ish vis­ual ef­fects, the ex­plo­sions and gun bat­tles, all of which are the es­sen­tial el­e­ments in this kind of su­per-cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ralph Fi­ennes in Wes An­der­son’s The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel, above; and Chris Evans and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son in Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier, above right

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