OPENING IN FILM: Marvel heroes, marvelous creatures
by Mark Bialczak - Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at the malls, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” at MOST’s IMAX

It’s time for a Marvel Comic hero to come to life on the big screen and save us all again.

The ninth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The sequel to 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger” was directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, and written by Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely.

Set in Washington, D.C., the sci-fi adventure pairs Captain America, played by Chris Evans, with Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. Together, the superheroic pair must thwart Russian villain Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan.

The trailer shows many flying objects for them to battle.

Veterans Samuel Jackson, as Nick Fury, and Robert Redford, as Alexander Pierce, get into the fray.

Also opening this week is an IMAX documentary that’s spending a half year on the huge domed screen of the Museum of Science and Technology in Armory Square before being released to the IMAX screens of commercial cineplexes.

The Warner Brothers release “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” will fill the senses in the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater, which is one of only 60 domed IMAX screens in the world.

David Douglas directs the story of the endangered species that are called nature’s greatest explorers as IMAX cameras join Dr. Patricia Wright on her mission to help lemurs survive in the modern world.

Veteran actor Morgan Freeman narrates.

The  MOST, in Armory Square, has fewer screenings than the mall theaters. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Lemurs film will show at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. It’s a good idea to check the schedule on the MOST site.

Box office report

Noah” washed away the competition in its opening weekend.

The epic buld-an-ark tale starring Russell Crowe finished No. 1 on the box office list with a weekend take of $43.72 million, according to boxofficemojo.com.

No. 2 was holdover young adult sci-fi adventure “Divergent,” with a weekend take of $25.61 million, raising its two-week gross to $94.37 million.

The other opening film, Arnold Scwharzenegger’s DEA vs. Drug Cartel action/drama “Sabotage,” muddled in at No. 7 with a take of $5.27 million.

Eccentric comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took its here-at-last-in-smaller-cities weekend to a No. 6 finish. Ralph Fiennes and his rather large collection of cameo pals drew a weekend gross of $8.53 million. That put its overall take after a three-week selected city run at $24.17 million.

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Mark BialczakMark Bialczak is a veteran journalist who has lived in the Syracuse area since 1983. In early 2013, he was set free to write about whatever he wants. Click here to read Mark’s BLOG.