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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superiorly acted, directed, and written film than its predecessor and the other films in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russo Brothers do a great job at taking Captain America and putting him in a modern environment with real world problems and discussions on politics, morality, and societal sacrifices, as well as crafting an intriguing 1970s-inspired conspiracy espionage thriller that remains engaging throughout its runtime. Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and Samuel L. Jackson give deeper and better performances than they ever have before as their respective characters, and welcome additions like Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford also give excellent performances that put the film on another level. Packed with a great score and fantastic action sequences, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a fun, thrilling, and socially conscious action film that furthers the Marvel Universe in new and exciting ways. Grade: -A

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