Loud, tedious, mind-numbing, cartoony. Each superhero had their moment, and I liked the giant flying spiney machine dragon things in the final act, but overall I found The Avengers difficult to follow and the characters unrelatable. Not bad, but overrated.
Selma is a visceral account of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s struggle to get the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law, centering on his agitation and protests in Selma, Alabama, the violent reactions from police and locals, and the behind-the-scenes machinations of the FBI and White House. It is also artfully well-made. I thought the anachronistic soundtrack toward the end and the song in the end credits was distracting and hit the wrong tone, however. Couldn't the movie have highlighted the great black music of the early '60s? Watching Selma, I appreciate how far we have come as a nation in nearly 60 years, and see the horrors that happened within living memory.
Rewatching Superman Returns for the first time since it was in theaters, I find I like it a little better in hindsight. At the time, I thought it was a forgettable, by-the-numbers entry into the franchise (though I remembered the plot years later). Rewatching in 2022, I see Superman Returns as the end of an era in movie franchises. It was a semi-direct sequel to Superman IV, using the same theme song and picking up (sorta) where the Christopher Reeves films left off. This was the beginning of the gritty reboot phase (beginning franchises over again with a darker, more serious tone, a la Batman Begins and Casino Royale). I certainly preferred the gritty reboots to the soft reboot (semi-sequel/remake), which tread the same and try to be the best of both sequels and remakes, but come off as bland products (The Force Awakens, Ghostbusters Afterlife). Realizing Superman Returns is the last of its kind, I am willing to overlook the flaws, such as the lifeless characters and cartoony production design. It still feels more like a Superman film than, say, Batman v Superman, and little boys will like it.
Run Silent, Run Deep combines a personal drama about two egos in a World War II submarine setting, creating two exciting story lines. It has a confident, unhurried pace, yet contains few unnecessary elements. They really don't make movies like this anymore.