Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton

When it works, Doctor Strange, the fourteenth film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, is a joy to take in. Considering it had to do two things—establish Strange’s origin story while also making him a force to be reckoned with—in one film, Marvel succeeded, turning an asshole-in-residence into the Sorcerer Supreme. Benedict Cumberbatch shined as Stephen Strange, a brain surgeon bent on reclaiming the gift of his broken hands. Instead he ended up receiving the gift of all of the magical powers. While Mads Mikkelsen wasn’t the big bad many would imagine (and while the real big bad, Dormammu, ended up being an even weaker final boss), the real crime was having Rachel McAdams on payroll and giving her next to nothing to do. That said, the special effects in this film are the real king, and if you haven't seen this one in IMAX 3D yet, you're truly missing out. —khal