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Movie review: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Movie review: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

It's a frightening disease, one that can strike suddenly, without a whisper of warning. Even worse, there is no known cure. I know because I'm a victim. Hello, my name is Ken, and I'm suffering from Marvel fatigue.

In fact, this ailment, defined by clinicians as a bone weariness at having the relentless Marvel Cinematic Universe (their phrase, not mine) pound its formulaic product at you for film after film after film for what seems like forever, struck me when it was least appropriate: during a screening of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which by any rational measure is one of the better Marvel films.

Briskly directed by the brothers Anthony and Joe Russo,...