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1. Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount)

2. Neighbors* (Universal)

3. Chef* (Universal)

4. Godzilla* (Warner Bros.)

5. Blended (Warner Bros.)

6. The Fault in Our Stars* (20th Century Fox)

7. Third Person (Sony)

8. Brick Mansions (20th Century Fox)

9. Think Like a Man Too (Sony)

10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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1. Godzilla* (Warner Bros.)

2. Neighbors* (Universal)

3. Blended (Warner Bros.)

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney)

5. Brick Mansions* (20th Century Fox)

6. The Fault in Our Stars* (20th Century Fox)

7. Think Like a Man Too (Sony)

8. The Signal* (Universal)

9. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony)

10. Moms' Night Out (Sony)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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1. Godzilla* (Warner Bros.)

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney)

3. Blended* (Warner Bros.)

4. Brick Mansions* (20th Century Fox)

5. The Fault in Our Stars* (20th Century Fox)

6. Think Like a Man Too (Sony)

7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony)

8. The Other Woman (20th Century Fox)

9. Moms' Night Out (Sony)

10. Draft Day (Lionsgate)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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1. Brick Mansions* (20th Century Fox)

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney)

3. Blended* (Warner Bros.)

4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony)

5. Moms' Night Out (Sony)

6. Oculus (20th Century Fox)

7. Need for Speed (Touchstone)

8. Divergent (Lionsgate)

9. Draft Day (Lionsgate)

10. A Good Man (Lionsgate)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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The League (FXX; Wednesday, Sept. 3, season premiere): The funniest sorta-sports-related show ever returns, with Katie as the reigning (and insufferable) fantasy football league champion. Thanks to The Simpsons, FXX is finally on America’s radar.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO; Sunday, Sept. 7, season premiere): In the fifth-season (and final-season) premiere, Nucky’s in Cuba wooing Bacardi Rum as Prohibition ends, and the Great Depression of the 1930s sets in. So, if you though the show was a downer before

Sons of Anarchy (FX; Tuesday, Sept. 9, season premiere): In the premiere of the seventh and final season, Jax sets a new mission for SAMCRO: Avenge the murder of Tara, as soon as he figures out who did it. Yes, the premiere is 90 minutes, and yes, half of it is musical montages.

Z Nation (Syfy; Friday, Sept. 12, series debut): In Syfy’s answer to The Walking Dead, a group of survivors must transport a man with the potential cure across a zombie-ridden U.S. of A. Finally, we’ll learn if West Coast zombies are more laid-back than East Coast zombies.

Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories (Adult Swim; Thursday; Sept. 18, season premiere): Last year’s Halloween special is now an anthology series, with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim inflicting more weirdness on a higher budget than ever. Like $200.

Squidbillies (Adult Swim; Sunday, Sept. 21, season premiere): The redneck sea creatures return for Season 9 (!), this year taking on “marriage inequality, taint cancer, speciesism, and the impending Russian snake apocalypse.” Thanks a lot, Obama!

South Park, Key and Peele (Comedy Central; Wednesday, Sept. 24, season premieres): No one knows what Trey Parker and Matt Stone have in mind for Season 18 of South Park, probably not even them. Same goes for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele with their new season. Godspeed, Comedy Central censors.

Homeland (Showtime; Sunday, Oct. 5, season premiere): It’s now The Carrie Mathison Show, as our precarious heroine is deployed to the frontline in the Middle East (great plan, CIA). No, she won’t be bringing the Brody baby—she’s not that nuts.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX; Wednesday, Oct. 8, season premiere): In 1952 Florida, a traveling troupe of carnival folk (including AHS regulars Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson, as well as newcomers Michael Chiklis and Wes Bentley) encounter dark, evil forces. Insert Florida joke here.

The Walking Dead (AMC; Sunday, Oct. 12, season premiere): Will Rick and the gang get out of the boxcar alive? Or will they become Terminus burgers? Are Carol and Tyreese on the way? Where’s Beth? Will the Z Nation entourage pass through Georgia? Why the hell is Comic Book Men still on? So many questions.

The Affair (Showtime; Sunday, Oct. 12, series debut): Joshua Jackson, Maura Tierney, Dominic West and Ruth Wilson star in the story of how an extramarital affair affects two families. It’s a departure for Showtime in the fact that only one affair is happening.

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (HBO; Friday, Oct. 17, series debut): Director Dave Grohl documents the history of musical landmark cities over eight episodes. Oh, and the Foo Fighters record one song for their new album Sonic Highways in each town.

Web Therapy (Showtime; Wednesday, Oct. 22, season premiere): Lisa Kudrow is back for a new season as online therapist Fiona Wallice, with a new patient list that includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Hamm, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Perry, Allison Janney, Lauren Graham, Craig Ferguson, Calista Flockhart, Dax Shephard and Nina Garcia. Then, in November, Kudrow returns to HBO in the comeback of The Comeback—she’ll be starring in two comedies on two premium-cable networks simultaneously. What are you up to, David Schwimmer?


DVD ROUNDUP FOR SEPT. 9!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Cap (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) battle an inside conspiracy against S.H.I.E.L.D. and the titular Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). It ties in with a certain TV show below. (Marvel/Disney)

Homeland: Season 3

Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) search for the CIA headquarters bomber, while Brody (Damian Lewis) takes on a mission of redemption in Iran, which doesn’t go well at all. Oh, don’t get hung up on spoilers. (Paramount)

Mantervention

After a girl breaks his heart, a dude asks his friend to stage a “mantervention” of sex and debauchery to cure him of being a hopeless romantic—only to learn that love isn’t so bad, after all. But neither is sex and debauchery, so win-win. (Vision)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1

Not-dead Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) assembles a ridiculously good-looking team of operatives to investigate weird cases-of-the-week and occasionally intersect with Marvel movies. Maybe just skip the first nine episodes. (Marvel/ABC)

Supernatural: Season 9

Sam and Dean must reopen the gates of heaven and stop a demon insurrection in hell while dealing with their own personal, heh, demons. Meanwhile, Castiel adjusts to being human and Crowley steals the whole damned, heh, show. (Warner Bros.)

More New DVD/VOD Releases (Sept. 9)

Blue Bloods: Season 4, Brick Mansions, Burning Blue, Dead Within, Deadheads, Doctor Who: Deep Breath, God’s Pocket, The Goldbergs: Season 1, Killer Mermaid, Last Passenger, A Long Way Down, Monika, Palo Alto, Top Model, The Vampire Diaries: Season 5.

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Back in 2011, I wrote that Captain America: The First Avenger, while having a slick retro look, came up short on “action pow.”

Well, Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings an awful lot of “action pow” in a more-modern setting. Chris Evans, as the title character, is coming into his own as an action superstar—and it doesn’t hurt that Scarlett Johansson gets a lot of screen time kicking people in the face.

As Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 did, The Winter Soldier shows an Avenger dealing with life after saving New York City from an alien attack. Cap is trying to catch up on modern culture and settle into a new world after being frozen for almost 70 years. (His list of things to do includes watching Star Wars and Star Trek, trying Thai food, and listening to Nirvana.)

Of course, he’s not going to be able to just kick back and relax, because evil still exists below America’s shimmering surface—and governmental wrongdoings are going to challenge Cap’s ability to remain loyal to the country after which he’s named.

After an attempt on the life of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), attention goes toward somebody called the Winter Soldier, a fighting machine with powers similar to Captain America.

Cap’s mission eventually leads him to the discovery of HYDRA, a virus-like, evil movement that has been controlling members of the government since the Nazi days. With Black Widow (Johansson) and Falcon (a well-cast Anthony Mackie) at his side, Cap looks to take down HYDRA, kick the Winter Soldier’s ass, and possibly work in a date during the whole mess.

New to the Marvel universe is Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce. Redford gets a chance to do some new things in this prominent role, the details of which will not be revealed here. (I can’t really write a lot about this movie without ruining things.) Thanks to his bravura performance in last year’s All Is Lost and his badass work here, Redford is experiencing a nice late-career renaissance.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, whose previous works include mostly TV shows and the horrible You, Me and Dupree, prove to be surprisingly with this blockbuster behemoth. Their action scenes crackle with a zippy, kinetic energy, especially during the smackdowns between Cap and the Winter Soldier. They also do well with visual effects, especially the return of the flying aircraft carriers, and an amazing finale featuring crumbling buildings and fights upon the aforementioned carriers as they fall from the sky.

As always, a bunch of folks got up and left at my screening before all of the post-credit action played out. People … never leave a Marvel movie until the screen goes permanently black. There’s one sequence that occurs after a few minutes of credits, and another sequence after the credits (just before everything goes dark). About 20 percent of the audience got up and left before the first sequence, and then another 50 percent more left before the final bit.

The summer movie season (yes, I know it’s barely April) is officially off to solid Marvel start with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy (which looks like a lot of fun) are still coming, so there’s more plenty of potential Marvel goodness in the near future.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is playing at theaters across the valley.

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