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32. 'Captain America: The First Avenger'
To some, this movie was just a speed bump on the way to the ultimate prize: next summer's superhero blockbuster, 'The Avengers.' But when we finally got a look at the All-American hero in action, we suddenly realized that this thing could stand on its own. And a lot of that is thanks to the Captain himself, played with plucky earnestness by Chris Evans. We never thought we'd have higher expectations for 'The Avengers,' but, we do. -- A.S.