- Captain America: The Winter Soldier — 3 BANANAS
- X-Men: First Class — 2 BANANAS
- Only Lovers Left Alive — 5 BANANAS
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — 4 BANANAS
- Snowpiercer — 4 BANANAS
- Edge of Tomorrow — 2 BANANAS
- Rocky III (at the Alamo Ritz in Austin) — 4 BANANAS
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — 2 BANANAS
- The Expendables III — 2 BANANAS
- Guardians of the Galaxy — 5 BANANAS
The trend, at a glance, was mediocre or great. And strange. After all, an August movie featuring a cameo by Howard the Duck and Andy Dwyer as an action hero claimed the top spot at the summer box office and completely redefined the space opera and comic book genres. July gave us a ponderous, cynical, brilliant film featuring machine-gun wielding apes on horseback that was, for my money, the best picture of the summer. And then there was the Alamo Ritz screening of Rocky III: men in short shorts plunging through the surf and a forty-dollar art print of Mr. T. And who could forget Snowpiercer, the movie we should have seen at Lakeline instead of the Tom Cruise movie they still can't decide what to name, a brilliant bit of dystopian sci-fi watched streaming via Amazon for half the price of a single theatre ticket, children in the gears of great machines and Chris Evans wielding an axe?
Disappointments, there were some: Bryan Singer's return to X-Men was a mess; Ninja Turtles lacked everything but cool Ninja Turtles; and Expendables III — well, Harrison Ford's helicopter was computer-generated. Thank God the Falcon won't be.
Here's looking forward to the fall.