AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 27-May 3: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Opening May 1, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latest installment in the box office beating superhero franchise from writer-director Joss Whedon. This time around, Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) attempts to reactivate an old peace keeping programm go terribly awry, and the Avengers must re-team to defeat the villainous Ultron (voiced by James Spader) in his nefarious plan to take over the world. Read on…

The main strength of the Avengers lies in its casting, and the gang’s all here; joining Downey Jr. are Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson. There’s also a few new fades joining the fray, including Aaron Taylor Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch (both characters made their debut in Captain America: Winter Soldier). This impressive line-up, which includes some exceptional women being given equal chance to flex their action muscles, along with some outstanding visuals and Whedon’s accomplished direction make this an early summer blockbuster must-see.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

MaryAnn Johanson: My pick is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Apart from the general awesomeness of the franchise, it has been pretty good in giving smart, meaty roles to women, and I’m hoping this one will continue that trend.

Anne Brodie: Avengers: Age of Ultron! This is the superhero action film to watch. An electrifying cast under the guidance of Joss Whedon and a cool storyline are irresistible even for a less-than-enthusiastic superhero fan like me. Bring it on baby.

Film Details:

Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Director: Joss Whedon
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Running Time: 141 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s): Bangladesh, South Africa, South Korea, England, Italy
Principal Cast:Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Linda Cardellini, Mark Ruffalo, Andy Serkis, Thomas Kretschmann, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Delpy, Idris Elba, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Claudia Kim
Screenwriter(s): Joss Whedon
Production Company: Marvel Studios
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of April 27-May 3, 2015:

May 1

Avengers: Age of Ultron

She’s Funny That Way

Welcome to Me

Far from the Madding Crowd

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Cas & Dylan

Ride

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.