‘Captain America: Civil War’ an action-packed marvel
With the possible exception of the initial “Iron Man,” “Captain America: Civil War” is Marvel’s best outing to date.
Thought-provoking and mature without being ponderous, the third “Captain America” installment takes off from a philosophical debate between Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey) over issues of freedom vs. responsibility.
Thanks to filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, the action scenes are thrilling and more human-scaled than in many superhero outings. As an added bonus, newbies Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther prove they are in full mind-meld with their characters. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
ALSO STREAMING The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years:
Exclusively on Hulu, Ron Howard’s bubbly documentary chronicles the Fab Four from 1963 to 1966, when the band was at its most popular. In addition to interviewing die-hard fans like Elvis Costello and Whoopi Goldberg, Howard speaks to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr who weigh in on what it was like to experience Beatlemania from the inside. There’s a fascinating interlude about the Beatles’ refusal to play before racially segregated audiences — and some great concert footage. On Hulu.
The Automatic Hate: A low thrum of dread hums below the surface of this tense thriller about a Boston chef (Joseph Cross) who, at the urging of a newly-discovered cousin (Adelaide Clemens), heads to the backwoods of New York state to meet the family he never knew existed. After plenty of secrets and lies are uncovered, long-simmering tensions ignite during a reunion dinner. Beautifully acted and tautly directed by Justin Lerner, “The Automatic Hate” keeps springing one jaw-dropping surprise after another. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
The Ones Below: “Hanna” screenwriter David Farr makes his directorial debut with a nail-biter of a thriller about two pairs of expectant parents. Clemence Poesy and Stephen Campbell Moore star as a happy couple whose downstairs neighbors (David Morrissey, Laura Birn) become bitter after they lose their baby. Soon, Poesy suspects the pair might be up to no good. The thrust-and-parry between Poesy and
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.” Birn, in particular, is fascinating and skillfully played. “The Ones Below” delivers some genuine chills. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.