‘Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War’ an ac­tion-packed mar­vel

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Amy Longs­dorf

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.

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