40. Suicide Squad (2016)
Director: David Ayer
Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis
Best moment: Harley Quinn’s fantasy of a happy life with her and Mr. J (well, normal by their standards at least).
Sample review (via Starburst): “A cult film if ever there was one, or should that be cult of personality, chock full of risks and unpredictability.”
39. Super (2010)
Director: James Gunn
Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon
Best moment: After running an evil-doer down with a car, the rambunctious Boltie enthusiastically declares: “You tell everyone you know! That anytime some stupid f****** bastard wants to commit some gay ass crime that Crimson Bolt and Boltie are gonna be there to crush their little f****** evil heads in!”
Sample review (via Shadows On The Wall): “Writer-director Gunn gleefully subverts genre expectations with this superhero movie that goes way against the grain. And what makes it worth seeing is the fact that every scene is grounded in reality.”
38. Turbo Kid (2015)
Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Stars: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffery
Best moment: After spending most of the movie innocently flirting, Turbo Kid and his robo-pal Apple finally close the deal with a kiss under an umbrella… while blood flies everywhere from the bottom half of a recently detached upper-half of a bad guy.
Sample review (via The Film Stage): “Playing like an explosion at the Cannon Films factory, Turbo Kid is part Mad Max, part Nintendo movie classic, and part The Wizard with a sinister midnight madness sense of humor.”
37. Hulk (2003)
Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte
Best moment: Ummm, when Hulk smashes, of course.
Sample review (via Big Picture Big Sound): “The way Lee orchestrates the film is closer to painting than directing. At times, it feels as though a graphic novel is being laid out on screen.”
36. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt
Best moment: Again, whenever Hulk smashes it’s always a feel good moment.
Sample review (via NewsBlaze): “From its tropical anger management to a strictly platonic not so incredible hunk, this heavy on the muscle mass and light on the drama Hulk is not exactly new and improved, but does work its own brand of differently conceived mega-action magic.”
35. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
Best moment: Watching Iron Man face off against the Hulk in the middle of a crowed city is certainly a sight to see.
Sample review (via Fan The Fire): “It’s to his great credit that the film feels like a Joss Whedon film. In other words, it has a character of its own, and after 11 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that’s something to enjoy and appreciate.”
34. The Wolverine (2013)
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova
Best moment: Logan being held in a Japanese POW, surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. This guy is a beast!
Sample review (via NOW Toronto): “Significantly improving on the silliness of the character’s first X-Men-free outing, Marvel has turned out a movie that fits one of its most compelling characters as snugly as an indestructible steel skeleton.”
33. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field
Best moment: A weakened Spider-Man is assisted by crane operators, as one of them was the father of the child he saved earlier. The operators move their cranes in a way that creates a straight shot to OsCorp.
Sample review (via Epoch Times): “Leaner and meaner with a touch of Bruce Lee, the spider suit’s finally right: the eyes dangerous, webbing weaponized. Garfield looks more like the illustrated Peter Parker.”
32. Man Of Steel (2013)
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Best moment: Yes, a lot of innocent bystanders met their demise, but still, the final battle between Superman and General Zod is still pretty badass.
Sample review (via IGN): “Action-packed, briskly-paced and featuring a stellar cast, Man of Steel is the best Superman film since the 1978 original and proves DC can match Marvel in the massive scale department.”
31. Megamind (2010)
Director: Tom McGrath
Stars: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey
Best moment: When Megamind makes a grand entrance with Guns N’ Roses’ Welcome To The Jungle on full blast.
Sample review (via WhatCulture): “Straying from a predictable, easily defined structure, Megamind instead serves up consistent surprises, challenging audience expectations and engaging the mind as well as tickling the funny bone.”