Iron Man 2 officially kicks off the most wonderful time of the year: Summer Movie Season. No, it's not as good as the first one, and yes, that is a shame. But let's not damn Iron Man 2 with too much faint praise. You have sparkling, funny performances by great actors (when Robert Downey Jr. and Sam Rockwell throw an act-off, everybody wins), three (and only three) enormous battle scenes featuring heavy metallic objects vigorously pummeling other heavy metallic objects, and Garry Shandling's super-puffy face. Let the 'splosions begin! (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film.)

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