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The Avengers

Rated PG-13 143 minutes 2012

Marvel Studios unveils its costliest special-effects demo to date; somewhere beneath the nonstop digital explosions lies a story about superheroes fighting an evil demigod from space. Every now and then, director Joss Whedon (Serenity) executes a quirky camera set-up to assert that the film was created by him and not a team of marketing executives. Of the star-studded cast, only Mark Ruffalo (playing Bruce Banner) and Robert Downey Jr. (as Iron Man) bring any personality to the place-holder dialogue. Overlong, monotonous, violent, and simple-minded, this is like one of those “World’s Biggest Gang Bang” videos, except that no one onscreen appears to be enjoying himself. With Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner.

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Director: Joss Whedon

Producer: Kevin Feige, Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Louis D'Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Clark Gregg, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cobie Smulders

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