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April 11, 2014 9:49 AM

The Big Screen: Captain America

I always feel a little apprehensive about going into a theater to see a superhero film. The main issue I take is that screenwriters often get lazy. If you aren’t privy to the back story, it can feel like hanging out with two old friends who can’t stop telling inside jokes and you’re just left staring blankly. Maybe the only exception to the rule is “Batman,” which feels more like an American cultural institution then a superhero franchise. But going into “Captain America,” really knowing zero about the superhero, I tried to keep expectations low.

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