Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson
Story: In Iron Man 2, the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored super hero, Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts and James "Rhodey" Rhodes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces. (Paramount Pictures)
Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some language
Bottom Line: If the first movie was a brand new suitcase packed for an overnight stay – then IRON MAN 2 is that same suitcase, two years later, packed for a month long trip. It’s been broken in, has a bit more character and is now packed with so much stuff you have to sit on it to zip it shut. More action, more story, more characters, more special effects, more stuff – all good things in this case – and all good things that add up to a sequel that, although not as fresh as its predecessor, manages to deliver the high-action, popcorn-fueled thrills of summer.