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Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
A Look Back at SA\'s Homebrew History

A Look Back at SA's Homebrew History

The Beer Issue: Homebrewing is a foundational American virtue. Not just Sam Adams smiling back from the bottle that bears his name—virtually all the... By Lance Higdon 10/15/2014

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Film Review

Marvels newest superhero movie wins with old-fashioned action and heart

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Chris Evans rallies his band of brothers in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Of course, this film doesn’t just reference old movies and comics — it’s a crucial stepping stone to next summer’s big superhero event movie, The Avengers. Whereas Thor suffered from having to shoehorn in references to Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. (the superhero spy agency led by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury), Captain America folds everything in expertly. Example: About a quarter of the way in, Rogers and Bucky attend a science exhibition presided over by a grandstanding Howard Stark, neatly foreshadowing his son Tony’s own showy Stark Expo in Iron Man 2. There are lots of other tips of the hat to the comics that I won’t spoil for fellow True Believers, but it’s genuinely exciting to see the Marvel cinematic universe start to dovetail together.

If Captain America has one big flaw, it’s that it doesn’t so much end as finish up with an abrupt “to be continued.” Yes, Cap’s story will continue in next summer’s The Avengers (stick around for that trailer after the credits roll), but Captain America: The First Avenger should be retitled Captain America: The First Chapter. Comic-book fans may be used to getting their superhero fix in monthly installments, but I need a little more closure in my movies — especially if I have to wait an entire year to see what happens next. Bring on chapter two already.

Note: If possible, skip the 3D presentation of this movie and watch it in good, old-fashioned 2D. Watching the 3D screening at the Santikos Palladium was a terrible experience; the combination of a too-dim screen and the dark, polarized 3D glasses made every scene — even daytime shots — look like they took place at dusk. Nobody wants to see a maroon-gray-and-navy Captain America fight the evil Brown Skull.


**** Captain America: The First Avenger


Dir. Joe Johnston, writ. Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely; feat. Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones (PG-13)

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