Captain Marvel ★★★★½

A rousing blend of the familiar and the unique, Captain Marvel makes a terrific case as to why its titular heroine is arguably one of the most powerful superheroes in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, if not the most, and sees indie directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck delivering on a stellar big-budget blockbuster debut filled with dazzling visual effects, energetic action sequences, engaging characters, witty humor, empathetic and thoughtful storytelling, and spirited performances, especially from Brie Larson, who effortlessly captures everything that makes Carol Danvers both incredibly bad-ass and intensely relatable.

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